National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 No 80
Current version for 1 August 2014 to date (accessed 19 December 2014 at 12:31)
Part 3

Part 3 Council and committees

Division 1 National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council

22   The Council

(1)  There shall be a National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council.
(2)  Schedule 7 has effect.

23   Functions and duties of Council

(1)  The Council has the following functions:
(a)  to provide advice to the Minister and the Director-General on:
(i)  strategies for attaining the objects of this Act, and
(ii)  the development, implementation and review of the policies and plans of the Service directed towards achieving those objects, and
(iii)  strategies for promoting, consistent with this Act, the conservation of natural and cultural heritage outside the reserve system, and
(iv)  the care, control and management of areas reserved under this Act and the development, implementation, review, amendment and alteration of plans of management for those areas, and
(v)  the preservation and protection of wildlife, and
(vi)  conservation agreements and conservation areas, and
(vii)  wilderness areas and wild rivers, and
(viii)  any matter referred to the Council for advice under this Act or by the Minister or the Director-General or that the Council considers necessary for the administration of this Act.
(b)  to consult with the Director-General on the Service’s operations and on the administration of this Act,
(c)  such other functions as are conferred on it by or under this or any other Act.
(2)  Subject to section 8 (10), the Director-General shall furnish to the Council full information in relation to any matters arising out of the administration of this Act which the Council may require.
(3)  (Repealed)

Division 2 Advisory committees

24   Constitution of advisory committees

(1)  The Director-General is to divide the State into administrative regions and may at any time alter or abolish those administrative regions.
(2)  A regional advisory committee is to be constituted for each administrative region.
(3)  Additional advisory committees may be constituted by the Minister for particular purposes determined by the Minister.
(4)  Schedule 8 contains provisions with respect to each regional advisory committee constituted under subsection (2).
(5)  The Minister may determine the constitution and procedure of an additional advisory committee constituted under subsection (3).

25   Functions of advisory committees

(1)  A regional advisory committee has the following functions:
(a)  to provide advice to the Director-General and the Council on policies and plans for the administrative region for which it was constituted,
(b)  to provide advice to the Director-General and the Council on activities carried out or proposed to be carried out within the administrative region for which it was constituted,
(c)  to provide advice to responsible authorities within the meaning of section 71BO on draft plans of management relating to the administrative region for which it was constituted and to the Council on the implementation of such plans of management,
(d)  to provide advice to the Director-General on the implementation of plans of management relating to the administrative region for which it was constituted.
(2)  An advisory committee referred to in section 24 (3) has such advisory functions as are conferred or imposed on it by the Minister.
(3)  A regional advisory committee has no function in relation to the Community Conservation Area under the Brigalow and Nandewar Community Conservation Area Act 2005.
Note. The members of a Community Conservation Advisory Committee established under that Act are to include a member of the relevant regional advisory committee.

26   Dissolution of advisory committees

(1)  If an administrative region for which a regional advisory committee is constituted is abolished, the advisory committee is dissolved.
(2)  A person who was a member of the advisory committee immediately before its dissolution is eligible for appointment to another advisory committee constituted for an administrative region that encompasses all or any part of the former administrative region for which the dissolved committee was constituted.

Division 3 Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee

27   Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee

(1)  There is to be an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee.
(2)  Schedule 9 has effect.

28   Functions of Committee

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee is to advise the Minister and the Director-General on any matter relating to the identification, assessment and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage, including providing strategic advice on the plan of management and the heritage impact permit process, whether or not the matter has been referred to the Committee by the Minister or the Director-General.

Division 4 Karst Management Advisory Committee

29   Constitution of Karst Management Advisory Committee

(1)  There is constituted by this Act the Karst Management Advisory Committee.
(2)  The Committee is to consist of:
(a)  the Chairperson of the Committee who is to be the Director-General or a member of staff of the Department nominated for the time being by the Director-General, and
(b)  9 other persons appointed by the Minister.
(3)  Of the members appointed by the Minister under subsection (2) (b):
(a)  one is to be a person who is a member of a regional advisory committee for a region that, in the opinion of the Minister, contains significant areas of karst, and
(b)  one is to be a person who has qualifications in karst or earth sciences or in a related discipline, and
(c)  one is to be a person with qualifications in geomorphology, hydrology, water management or a related discipline, and
(d)  one is to be a person with qualifications and experience in eco-tourism or recreational planning, and
(e)  one is to be a person nominated by the Australian Speleological Federation Inc, and
(f)  one is to be a person nominated by the NSW Heritage Office, and
(g)  one is to be a person nominated by the National Parks Association of NSW Inc, and
(h)  one is to be a person nominated by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council, and
(i)  one is to be a person nominated by the Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales.
(4)  The Chairperson of the Committee is entitled to attend and chair meetings of the Committee but is not entitled to vote at any such meeting.
(5)  Schedule 4 has effect with respect to the members and procedure of the Committee.

30   Function of Karst Management Advisory Committee

The function of the Karst Management Advisory Committee is to advise the Council on the following matters:
(a)  the conservation and management of karst environments on lands reserved, or acquired for reservation, under this Act (including matters relating to planning and policy),
(b)  any plan of management for land reserved under this Act that the Council considers contains significant karst environments, being a plan that the Council has referred to the Committee for its consideration and advice,
(c)  such other matters as are referred to the Committee by the Council, being matters relating to the administration of this Act with respect to karst environments,
(d)  the development, implementation and review of policies directed towards achieving the objects of this Act in relation to karst environments,
(e)  priorities for research relating to the management and conservation of karst environments across the State,
(f)  opportunities for sustainable visitor or tourist use and enjoyment of karst conservation reserves compatible with the reserves’ natural and cultural values,
(g)  opportunities for sustainable use (including adaptive reuse) of any buildings or structures on, or modified natural areas of, karst conservation reserves having regard to the conservation of the reserves’ natural and cultural values,
(h)  opportunities to secure funding in relation to the management and conservation of karst environments,
(i)  the protection of karst environments across the State,
(j)  assisting, supporting and promoting Government initiatives in relation to karst conservation.
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