Northern Territory Weed Advisory Committee

This page lists the terms of reference and members of the Northern Territory (NT) Weed Advisory Committee.

Terms of reference

The NT Weed Advisory Committee is appointed by the minister. The committee will do the following:

  • develop draft weed management plans in consultation with the community and affected land managers
  • advise the minister on the progress of weed management issues throughout the NT and on other matters as the minister may request from time to time
  • provide advice and recommendations in regard to proposed weed declarations
  • provide community-based forums for strategic management of weeds on a regional basis
  • review the Northern Territory Weeds Management Strategy.

The committee will regularly review its membership to ensure adequate representation of stakeholder groups.

Regional Weed Reference Groups will be made up of a maximum of eight members plus a chair. 

Members and Chair will be appointed by the minister. Chair of the Regional Reference Group will also be appointed as a member of the NT Weed Advisory Committee. 

On a regional basis, Regional Weed Reference Groups will do the following:

  • provide input to the NT Weed Advisory Committee on the drafting of weed management plans following consultation with the community and affected land managers
  • provide advice to the NT Weed Advisory Committee on local and regional weed management issues and on other matters that may be requested from time to time
  • provide advice and recommendations in regard to proposed weed declarations
  • provide community based forums for strategic management of weeds
  • develop a weed management strategy for the region.

Members

The Northern Territory Weed Advisory Committee (NTWAC) members are listed below. 

Jane Dellow

Chair

Nursery and Garden Industry Northern Territory 

Northern Territory Horticulture Association

Ms Dellow is the Public Officer for the Nursery and Garden Industry of the Northern Territory (NGINT) and is the Strategic Communications Consultant with Power and Water Corporation. 

Ms Dellow has been a member of the NTWAC since its inception. Ms Dellow was also a member of the NT Weed Risk Management Reference Group.

Ms Dellow's networks in the nursery and gardening sectors have been invaluable in developing approaches to managing weed species perceived to have value in these industries. Through her role with NTWAC, Ms Dellow gained industry support for the declaration of neem. 

Ms Dellow was also integral to the development of the NT 'Grow me instead' brochure, a joint project between the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia and the Federal Government's 'Defeating the Weed Menace' Program.

Her position at Power and Water Corporation requires liaison with multiple business units, including Environmental Services, who have responsibility for weed management.

Dr Margaret Friedel

Member

Alice Springs Regional Weed Reference Group

Dr Friedel is an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences in Alice Springs. Dr Friedel has been on the Alice Springs Regional Weed Reference Committee and Northern Territory Weed Advisory Committee since their respective inceptions in 2008 and 2009. 

Dr Friedel's research on pasture productivity and nutrient cycling in arid rangelands has provided her with extensive experience in weed management. Her research has covered aspects of arid rangeland ecology and management, including dynamics of woody plant populations, fire and ground-based rangeland monitoring. 

Most recently Dr Friedel has been engaged in collaborative research on invasive plants of commercial value, addressing strategic decision making and sustainable management.

Jay Mohr-Bell

Member

Katherine Regional Weed Reference Group

Mr Mohr-Bell is a partner and Manager at Mathison Station in the Katherine region. 

He has a vested interest in weed management, both on the property and in the Katherine region, and was previously a weed spray contractor in the wheat and cattle industry in New South Wales. 

Mr Mohr-Bell is external to government and is the representative for the Katherine Region.

Dr Dionne Walsh

Member

Department of Primary Industry and Resources

Dr Walsh is currently the Rangeland Program Manager, Department of Primary Industry and Resources and is a research scientist with 20 years' experience in grazing land management in South Australia, Western Australia and the NT. 

Dr Walsh is well regarded in the natural resource management arena, through her long standing work with pastoralists with DPIF, and is a welcome addition to NTWAC. 

She has previously run her own natural resource management consultancy business in Alice Springs and Katherine undertaking projects such as parkinsonia weed mapping and control program and a major weed public consultation program across multiple stakeholder groups for the (former) Natural Resource Management Board and Greening Australia.

Garry Fischer

Member

Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Mr Fischer is the Acting Director of Transport Infrastructure Management and has a strong background in developing policy on behalf of government in the transport field. 

Mr Fischer's key areas of experience include the development of broad strategies and policies to manage weeds across three states. 

Mr Fischer also spent 17 years working for National Parks where he gained extensive experience in weed management.

Anthony Cox

Member

NT Cattlemen's Association

Barkly Weeds Working Group

Mr Cox manages Anthony Lagoon Station on the Barkly Tablelands for the Australian Agricultural Company. 

Mr Cox has 15 years' experience in the agricultural industry with over eight years in the Northern Territory Cattle Industry. 

His Northern Territory experience spans the Barkly and Victoria River districts and has involved developing weed management plans, controlling weeds and employing sustainable grazing management regimes. 

Mr Cox has excellent knowledge of Territory land systems and current potential threats of invasive weeds.

Mr Cox is a member of the Barkly Landcare and Conservation Association and the Barkly Regional Weed Working Group. He was also Chair of the Victoria River District Conservation Association between 2012 and 2013.

Last updated: 28 November 2017