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Australian Fossil Mammal Sites—Riversleigh World Heritage area

Image Copyright: Colin Totterdell, Queensland Government.

Australian Fossil Mammal Sites consists of two distinct areas listed as a combined World Heritage property—these are the Riversleigh section in Queensland and the Naracoorte section in South Australia.

Both Riversleigh and Naracoorte are superb illustrations of the key stages of evolution of Australia’s unique wildlife.

Riversleigh in particular has produced some of the world’s most outstanding fossils, not only in their preservation, but also in their quantity and diversity. Riversleigh has the richest fossil mammal deposits in Australia and few, if any; other fossil deposits in the world have contributed to our knowledge of prehistoric mammal communities so generously.

Riversleigh Community and Scientific Advisory Committee (RCSAC)

The Riversleigh section of Australian Fossil Mammal Sites has one advisory committee—the Riversleigh Community and Scientific Advisory Committee (RCSAC). The RCSAC committee comprises an independent chair and 11 members.

Riversleigh Community and Scientific Advisory Committee
Name Position Field/expertise
Dr Graeme Potter Chair Independent Chair
Professor Mike Archer Member Palaeontology and Zoology
Mr Henk Godthelp Member Palaeontology, Zoology, Geology
Dr Andrew Rozefelds Member Geoscience and Palaeobotany
Cr Ernest Camp Member Local Government Burketown City Council
Cr Peta MacRae Member Local Government Mount Isa City Council
Ms Michelle Low Mow Member Local Tour Operator
Mr Rodney Connolly Member Lawn Hill and Riversleigh Pastoral Holding Company
Ms Megan Munchenberg Member Natural Resource Management
Mr Henry Dick Member Waanyi Traditional Owner male representation
Ms Claudette Albert Member Waanyi Traditional Owner female representation
Dr Judith Field Member Archaeology

The purpose of the RCSAC is to assist in meeting obligations under the World Heritage Convention and the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and provide advice to the management agencies and the Queensland and Australian Government Ministers responsible for World Heritage. These obligations include identifying, protecting, conserving, presenting and transmitting to future generations the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage property.

RCSAC Terms of Reference (PDF, 297K).


The Chair of the RCSAC prepares a Communique for the Queensland Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science, and Minister for the Arts, The Hon Leeanne Enoch after each meeting.

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Last updated
18 February 2019