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Academic joins Conservation Commission

Thursday, 12 January 2012

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An ECU Professor has been appointed as a Member of the Conservation Commission of Western Australia.

Foundation Professor of Tourism Ross Dowling OAM from the School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure will join six new members on the council, including new chairman, Brian Easton.

Environment Minister Hon. Bill Marmion announced the appointment this week.

“The new members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience across the State, to apply to conservation and land management,” Minister Marmion said.

For Professor Dowling, the appointment is a great honour.

“I am excited to join my industry colleagues as we work to conserve and protect WA’s biological diversity. My background as an Environmental Scientist working to develop tourism in natural areas will also be beneficial to the Commission, which oversees the State’s National Parks,” Professor Dowling said.

“Keeping an appropriate balance between conservation and visitor use is always a challenge and I look forward to contributing to the future of WA’s parks, reserves and forests.”

The Conservation Commission is the controlling body for the State’s conservation work, and consists of nine members of the community who are appointed by the minister for their work in conservation and land management.

Professor Dowling actively contributes to national and international tourism research and development. He is considered to be a pioneer in the field of Ecotourism and also actively contributes to the areas of Cruise Ship Tourism and Geotourism. 

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