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Group photo of the Inland Fisheries Advisory Council members 2020-21

Inland Fisheries Advisory Council

The Inland Fisheries Advisory Council (IFAC) was formally established in 2000 under the Inland Fisheries Act 1995.

Its principal role is to advise the Minister on inland fisheries issues, provide a forum for consultation, promote understanding and acceptance of the functions of the Director of Inland Fisheries, encourage community support for fisheries management activities and review management plans for inland fisheries.

The following table lists current members.

Name Membership Representation/Role
Michele Moseley Chairperson
Dr. Liza Fallon Conservation of freshwater ecosystems
Shaun Finlayson Commercial freshwater fishing
Gary France Freshwater angling associations
Simone Hackett

Representing tourism

Ranald Moore Representing the southern area
Dr. Christine Mucha Ministerial appointment
Julianne Stevens Representing the northern area
Sheryl Thompson Representing the north-western area
John Diggle Director of Inland Fisheries
Portrait of Michele Moseley

Michele Moseley

Ms Michele Moseley is the Chair of the IFAC.

She was a career public servant including 15 years as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

Michele is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has wide experience in corporate governance, financial management and strategic policy development.

Michele is currently also a member of the Tasmanian Heritage Council and the external member of the Department of Educations Audit and Risk Committee.

Portrait of Dr Liza Fallon

Dr Liza Fallon

Dr Liza Fallon is the conservation of freshwater ecosystems representative of the IFAC.

She has extensive experience in natural resource management, land use planning and strategic policy development at the state, national and international levels.

Liza holds a doctorate in international governance and Southern Ocean fisheries management, was a lead author of the Tasmanian State of the Environment Report and has worked as a hydrographer assessing the condition of Tasmania’s rivers.

Liza is currently a planning adviser with the Tasmanian Government.

Portrait of Gary France

Gary France

The head guide and owner/partner of Trout Territory, Gary France has over 40 years of fly fishing experience, mainly for wild trout, and has fished in a number of countries around the world.

"We pride ourselves on the level of attention and quality of service provided and love to share all the secrets and the wild special locations we have with our guests".

Gary loves sharing his knowledge and providing practical coaching during the fishing adventure.

  • Trout guides and lodges Tasmania — ​6 term past President. Current Vice President.
  • Anglers Alliance Tasmania — ​Chairman for 4 years, board for 6 years.
  • Tasmanian Hall of Angling Fame.
  • Inland Fisheries Advisory Council — council member for 6 years.
  • Tasmanian Trout Expo — Founding committee member, Vice President and Competition Director.
  • Heritage Highway Tourism Region Association and Northern Midlands Business Association.
  • Launceston Tamar and north marketing group.
  • National Landscapes committee.
  • Northern Midlands Council local tourism group.
  • Australian Fly Fishing Museum.
  • Fisheries Habitat Improvement Fund.
Portrait of Simone Hackett

Simone Hackett

Ms Simone Hackett represents tourism relating to fisheries.

She is the co-owner of RiverFly 1864, a guided fly fishing tourism operator established in 2005. RiverFly has won multiple awards including the Tasmanian Tourism Awards Gold - 2016 and 2017, Qantas Australian Tourism Awards Gold 2016 and Silver 2017, and posseses sound business development, marketing and management skills.

Simone has an advanced diploma in Tourism Management, was the recipient of the 2016 Rotary International Professional Development Exchange to Montana, USA, to study fisheries and outdoor tourism, and is a Certified Fly Casting Instructor through the International Fly Fishing Federation.

In 2017 Simone narrated and appeared in Tourism Australia’s promotional fly fishing film ‘Tasmania’ with global film maker, Todd Moen, of Catch Magazine, and RiverFly is a founding member of Tourism Australia's Signature Experiences Collection - Great Fishing Adventures of Australia.

Simone is also a founding member of the Just Like Jack foundation which enables children with disabilities to experience outdoor adventures, and was part of the Tasmanian documentary 'Overland Jack'. Simone regularly contributes to the tourism industry through regular speaking engagements and mentoring young people.

On her days off she is often fishing with her family.

Portrait of Ranald Moore

Ranald Moore

Ranald Moore has a strong rural background including property and farm ownership. Since leaving the family operations in 1996 he has been engaged as a Senior Manager of the Royal Agricultural Society specializing in the Royal Easter Show as a senior Event manager.

He also has extensive Construction Project Management experience which followed on to 10 years as international Director of a multinational company specializing in Facility Management for clients in the GCAP (Greater China, Asia Pacific) region.

He has also been part of the Tourism sector having owned and run a fly-fishing venture for 4 years. This covered both fresh water and saltwater destinations.

He has been an avid trout fly fisherman for 40 years and fished extensively both in Australia and overseas.

More recently he was the Secretary for the Organising Committee responsible for the World Fly Fishing Championship here in Tasmania in December 2019.

Portrait of Dr Christine Mucha

Dr Christine Mucha

Dr Christine Mucha has extensive executive management experience including over 14 years as CEO in the Tasmanian water industry, Hobart Water and Onstream until 2011. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Companion of Engineers Australia. Her expertise encompasses change management, organisational transition and growth, strategic and operational improvements, stakeholder management and natural resource management.

Christine’s other Board and Committee appointments include Chair Wellington Park Management Trust, Director Sustainable Timber Tasmania, independent Director Dial before you Dig Victoria/Tasmania, Member Regional Development Australia (Tasmania Committee) and Director Lifeline Tasmania.

Portrait of Julianne Stevens

Julianne Stevens

Julianne Stevens started her working life in the banking industry, had a gap with raising children, and then worked in retail and interior design.

In 1996 Julianne and her husband Mike formed Stevens Publishing Pty Ltd, which started the fishing magazine, Tasmanian Fishing and Boating News and have produced over 140 editions since. It is the only Tasmanian specific fishing magazine. It is also available electronically.

Stevens Publishing has also published many books – mostly fishing, but other general books as well. They have published books by David Scholes, Noel Jetson, Jim Findlay, Roy Dean, Donald Boden, Ian Pullar and many others. Rare and collectable books have been republished as well.

Julianne and Mike bought Essential Flyfisher in 2016 and she works full time in the business. Essential Flyfisher was established in 2000 in Launceston and is considered by many as one of the best fly fishing shops in the world. It is visited by a diverse range of anglers from locals to interstate and international. During the World Flyfishing Championships in 2019 it was a hub of activity and meeting place for 25 international teams. Julianne fishes several times a week and loves stream fishing best. She is actively involved in Girls Gone Flyfishing and supports women in fishing.

Julianne is Chair of The Lions Club, City of Launceston and has held this position for the past two years.

Portrait of Sheryl Thompson

Sheryl Thompson

I have been involved in angling and angling administration for forty five years.

I am an advocate for women and children to experience the sport of fishing having organised Ladies Day Girls fishing Day Out for the past 14 years.

I am an experienced trout angler with a comprehensive knowledge of all forms of angling with no bias opinions of any method.

I come to the table representing recreational anglers in the North West and West Coasts of Tasmania.