Richie Brittingham


Richard has over 10 years experience as a natural and cultural resource management practitioner. Since completing his undergraduate degree in Applied Science (Natural Resource Management) in 2005, he relocated to Central Australia to work for Charles Darwin University and then the Central Land Council for about 8 years. During this time, Richard coordinated many landscape scale projects incorporating science and Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (IEK), many of these projects focused on the social and cultural aspects of NRM including economic and community development. Richard consulted and developed land management agreements between Aboriginal communities and the Australian Government in order to develop and fund community ranger programs and conservation initiatives, many of these projects now have ongoing funding under the Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) and Working on Country programs. Other conservation programs he has had significant experience in, include: feral animal management programs – with a focus on large feral herbivores (horses, camels), invasive species management programs with a focus on cats and foxes, threatened species recovery projects and flora snd fauna survey work.

Since relocating to Bellingen about 3 years ago, Richard has worked for the NSW Nature Conservation Council coordinating a federally funded grant to restore cultural fire management practices on Aboriginal lands across NE NSW, this project was working on the coalface of Aboriginal land management in NSW and worked collaboratively with Government Agencies and private landholders to plan and implement prescribed burns for ecological and cultural benefits. He is currently working at the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) coordinating a comprehensive review of threatened flora of NE NSW, this review is too provide current data on threatened species likely to be impacted by development and urban growth. The project will work with expert botanists across NSW to build the most scientifically rigorous and complete dataset, this information will then be collated and fed into the Biodiversity Assessment Methodology under the new Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

Richard is currently studying a Masters degree in Protected Area Management and Governance through the University of Tasmania. As a CEL Director Im passionate to support funding opportunities that can build stronger and more resilient communities that can generate capacity to maintain, connect to and protect their local environment. This community based culture of practice will provide long-term ecosystem services through maintaining healthy rivers, soil and native vegetation.