Peter Cosier is the Director and a Founding Member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a private institution established by the Purves Environmental Trust in 2002 with the aim of connecting science to public policy.
In recent years the Wentworth Group has been active in native vegetation and water reform, climate change, promoting policies to optimise carbon in the landscape, and with the support from The Ian Potter Foundation, developing a system of regional scale, national environmental accounts, and working with leading Australian economists to show that it is possible to grow the economy, create jobs and have a healthy environment.
Peter has a very broad background in science and public policy. Peter spent 6 years as a Policy Advisor to the Australian Environment Minister, Senator Robert Hill AC, where he was responsible for overseeing the government’s natural resource management, water reform, biodiversity conservation and international greenhouse policies.
He has worked at all levels of government – Commonwealth, State and Local – in private enterprise, and in the non-government sector. He also helped establish one of Australia’s first landcare groups in the 1980s – the Yass River Valley Re-vegetation Project.