Mark is a respected and innovative Environmental Planner, Ecological Scientist and Bushfire Technical Ranger with a wealth of experience, having worked in federal, state, local government and consultancy positions, in both administrative and scientific capacities. This included twelve years with Toowoomba City Council and a further seven years working on strategic land use planning and scientific projects for the Eastern Downs Regional Organisation of Councils (EDROC), later the Darling Downs Regional Organisation of Councils (DDROC).
Mark’s high-level skills in bushfire management planning (strategic and operational), ecological assessment, bushfire risk mapping and analysis of asset protection mechanisms for both built environment and biodiversity needs has led to high-level assistance to State Government in development of the new State Planning policies (SPP) for Natural hazards (bushfire methodology) and mapping base of Vegetation Hazard Classes. Recently Mark has taken up the position of Chairperson of the Flinders-Karawatha Corridor Fire Management Working Group and part-time research scientist for SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium.
Prior to undertaking fire management and biodiversity assessment roles, Mark spent the previous five years (2005-2009) with Condamine Alliance, employed as the Local Government NRM Partnerships Coordinator and Biodiversity Ecologist. This role included working with the twelve regional local governments on matters pertaining to natural resource management coordination and strategic planning/resource management throughout the Condamine catchment area