The Forest Practices Authority

The role of Board of the FPA


The Board of the FPA's statutory responsibilities are outlined in the Forest Practices Act 1985 as being:

  • the exercise and performance of the powers and functions of the FPA
  • ensuring that the financial affairs of the FPA are managed and conducted in accordance with sound business practice
  • the exercise and performance of such other powers and functions as may be conferred or imposed on the FPA or the board.

The Board of the FPA's strategic plan 2014-2017

Directors of the FPA

The directors of the FPA are appointed by the Minister for Infrastructure, Energy and Resources as independent experts. They are:

(a) a person with expertise in public administration and in environmental or natural resource management and governance (Chairperson): John Ramsay

(b) a person with applied knowledge and expertise in environmental or natural resource management: Alex Schaap

(c) a person with applied knowledge and expertise in sustainable forest management on private land: David Gatenby

(d) a person with applied knowledge and expertise in sustainable forest management on public land: Amy Robertson

(e) a person with applied knowledge and expertise in community liaison and local government, from a municipal area in which forestry is a major land use: Cheryl Arnol

(f) a person with expertise in biological science or nature conservation: John Hickey

(g) the Chief Forest Practices Officer: Peter Volker

Members of the Forest Practices Advisory Council


The Forest Practices Advisory Council (FPAC) is a representative body of stakeholders. The functions of the Forest Practices Advisory Council (FPAC) are prescribed in s.37C of the Forest Practices Act 1985 as:

a) to advise the Authority on the review of the Act and the Forest Practices Code

(b) to advise the Authority on the quality, relevance and cost effectiveness of forest practices administration, operations and research

(c) to advise the Authority on financial matters including the self-funding of forest practices

(d) to promote discussion within government and the forestry industry, and by land owners and land users, of forest practices issues.

The following persons have been appointed as members of the Forest Practices Advisory Council by the Minister in accordance with s.37A of the Forest Practices Act 1985:

  • a person with knowledge or expertise in sustainable forest management (Chair): Hans Drielsma
  • a person with knowledge of the state's resource management and planning system in relation to municipal areas in which forestry is a major land use, nominated by the Local Government Association of Tasmania: Tim Watson
  • a person with expertise in, and operational experience of, forest harvesting or forest contracting: Neil McCarthy
  • a person with knowledge of the state's resource management and planning system, nominated by the Secretary of the responsible Department in relation to the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994: Wes Ford
  • a person with knowledge of administration and legislation in relation to private forests, nominated by Private Forests Tasmania: Tom Fisk
  • a person with knowledge of administration and legislation in relation to multiple use forests, nominated by the Forestry corporation: Suzette Weeding
  • a person with expertise in, and experience of, forest issues in relation to harvesting and processing, jointly nominated by the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Country Sawmillers Federation: Terry Edwards
  • a person with expertise in, and experience of, forest issues in relation to forest conservation: Fred Duncan
  • a person with expertise in, and experience of, tree growing on private land, jointly nominated by the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association and the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania: Andrew Morgan.

FPAC communique

Forest Practices Tribunal

The Forest Practices Tribunal is an independent body established under s.34 of the Forest Practices Act 1985. The Tribunal's role is to conduct hearings and make determinations with respect to appeals that are lodged by aggrieved parties. Appeals may be lodged against decisions of the Forest Practices Authority with respect to the following matters:

  • an applicant for a Private Timber Reserve may appeal against the refusal of the private timber reserve
  • a prescribed person may appeal against the granting of a private timber reserve
  • an applicant for a forest practices plan may appeal against the refusal, amendment or variation of a plan
  • a person who is served a notice under s.41 of the Act may appeal against the notice
  • a person who has lodged a three-year plan may appeal against the variation or refusal of the three-year plan.

Members of the tribunal are appointed by the Governor in accordance with s.34(1) of the Forest Practices Act 1985. Current members are as follows:

a) barristers or legal practitioners who have practiced for at least five years: Keyran Pitt, Phillip Wright

b) persons with a sound and practical knowledge of forestry, road construction in forests, and harvesting of timber: Marcus Higgs, Bert Witte, Donald Francombe

c) persons with tertiary qualifications and substantial practical experience in the sciences appropriate to land and forest management: Robert Ellis, John Pretty, Rod Pearse

d) persons with a sound knowledge of, and at least five years practical experience in, agriculture and forestry: John Shoobridge, Neville Calvert, Robert Henry

e) persons with a sound knowledge of, and at least five years practical experience in, conservation science: Gintaras Kantvilas, Louise Gilfedder, Ray Brereton

The Chief Chairman of the Forest Practices Tribunal is Keyran Pitt QC.

The provisions relating to appeals and hearings of the Forest Practices Tribunal are prescribed in the Forest Practices Act 1985. Enquiries should be emailed or addressed to the Registrar of the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal (RMPAT).

Postal Address

GPO Box 2036
Hobart 7001
Phone  (03) 6233 6464
Fax      (03) 6224 0825
Email: rmpat@justice.tas.gov.au

Content last modified August 26, 2016, 11:41 am