Committees and advisory groups

The Bushfires Council is a statutory body that has a legislated responsibility under the Bushfires Management Act to advise the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources on bushfire prevention and control in the Northern Territory.

Members of the Bushfires Council are appointed by the Minister for a three-year term of office, and represent a range of land management interests from across the NT.

Bushfires Council NT members


Elizabeth  Bird

Chair Bushfires Council NT

Paul Blore

Deputy Chair Bushfires Council NT

Todd Smith

Bureau of Meteorology

Dianne Tynan

NT Bushfires Volunteer Association

Garry Cook


Mark Spain


Patricia Rigby-Christopherson

Northern Land Council

Benjamin  Kaethner

Central Land Council

Walter Braitling

Southern Member

Ian Stewart

Northern Member

Paul Burke


Karen May

Territory NRM

Joella Nelson

Chair Alice Springs Regional Committee

Alice Beilby

Chair Savanna Regional Committee

Shaun Ansell

Chair Vernon Arafura Regional Committee

Nigel Gellar

Chair Arnhem Regional Committee

Lee Perkins

Chair Barkly Regional Bushfires Committee

Regional Bushfires Committees

The Bushfires Management Act also establishes Regional Bushfires Committees for each of the NT’s five Fire Management Zones. Regional Bushfires Committees have a statutory requirement to advise the Bushfires Council on measures to be taken to prevent, manage and control bushfires within their gazetted Fire Management Zone.

Members are appointed to Regional Bushfire Committees by the Minister for a three-year term of office.

For more information contact Bushfires NT.

Last updated: 14 March 2019