National Parks & Wildlife Service (OEH)

I have worked for the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), now a division of the Office of Environment and Heritage, on and off for decades as a permanent or temporary employee and a freelance editor.

Park planning and plans of management

My last position in NPWS (2013 to 2018) was as a park management planning officer. My main role was writing, updating and editing national park plans of management prior to public exhibition and final adoption to ensure they aligned with agency policies, procedures and legislative requirements, and were consistent with OEH style and accessibility requirements. I progressed a number of plans to exhibition and adoption stage. I was also deployed to review and edit complex and contentious plans and strategies prior to public exhibition, including the Draft Wild Horse Management Plan for Kosciuszko National Park, Green List nominations and conservation management plans.

Coffs Coast Regional Park Draft Plan of Management

  • write, research, compile draft text (temporary employment with NPWS in 2012 and then finalised draft for exhibition in 2018)

Responsible for progressing a number of plan as park management planning officer

  • While working for NPWS as a temporary planning officer, I was responsible for progressing a number of plans, including: Solitary Islands Reserves, Coffs Coast Regional Park, Yarriabini National Park, Toorale National Park, Goolawah and Limeburners parks, New England parks, Tyagarah Nature Reserve and Broken Head Nature Reserve.
  • I also developed and maintained a ‘Planning Style Guide’ which set out editorial and style standards for plans of management to ensure consistency across the State.

Shaws Creek Conservation Management Plan

  • proofread (2016)

Technical documents

Parks Facilities Manual

  • proofread designed document (2016), subcontracted by The Interpretive Design Company

Regional Assessment of Management Priorities (technical report)

  • substantive edit (2010)

Education and interpretation

Ngoorabul Lands interpretive sign

  • proofread (2011, subcontracted by The Interpretive Design Company for NPWS)

Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park information brochure

  • copyedit, proofread (2010)

Great Places to Walk in northern New South Wales: a selection of coast, rainforest and short walks in NSW national parks

  • write draft text for booklet (2010)

Great Places to Stay in Northern New South Wales

  • write draft text for booklet (2010)

Tourism award nominations

Solitary Islands Coast Walk Tourism Award Nomination: Winner of 2013 New Tourism Development category, North Coast Tourism Awards and NSW Tourism Awards

  • co-write, proofread (2013)

Coffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery Tourism Award Nomination: Winner of 2011 Indigenous Tourism category, North Coast Tourism Awards and NSW Tourism Awards

  • co-write, proofread (temporary employment with NPWS, 2011)

Yuraygir Coastal Walk Tourism Award Nomination: Winner of 2011 Adventure Tourism category, North Coast Tourism Awards

  • co-write, proofread (temporary employment with NPWS, 2011)

Dorrigo National Park Tourism Award Nomination: Winner of 2011 Ecotourism category, North Coast Tourism Awards

  • copyedit, proofread (temporary employment with NPWS, 2011)