John Mollison has taken up duties as the new deputy general manager of the Environment Division.
John will have carriage of the policy area, business services and the sustainability program. The policy area is particularly busy with draft guidelines on noise, litter, slipways and fees to be finalised by early next year.
There will also be the establishment of an Environment Protection Agency and amendments to EMPCA—the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act.
John comes to the Agency from DPIW in Launceston where he was the Registrar of Chemical Products. In this role he developed and implemented a broad-based water quality monitoring program for pesticides, performance-based aerial spraying regulatory controls and the Tasmanian River Catchment Water Quality Initiative.
Last year he was appointed as a director of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.
John’s career has taken some interesting turns. After a stint as a maths and science teacher in the mid-1980s, John went to Melbourne seeking fame and fortune as a rock star. Unfortunately that didn’t work out but he landed a good day job in environmental monitoring and analysis.
He returned to Tasmania in 1989 where he continued his studies, worked as a hazardous waste management officer, an inspector of explosives and dangerous goods and leader of a small team of occupational hygienists in Workplace Standards before moving into the chemical and metallurgical sector.