Sarah is a plant ecologist with expertise in grassy ecosystem management and conservation. She has a strong interest in applying scientific knowledge to guide practical outcomes on the ground. Sarah has 16 years of experience working with the ACT Government, followed by consultancy project work. She has a strong focus on facilitating and sharing knowledge and understanding of ecological processes with the community and other stakeholders. In addition, Sarah advocates through community groups to protect, maintain and enhance grassy ecosystems.
Qualifications, awards and affiliations
BSc Dipl. Teaching (Kuring-gai CAE)
B. App. Sci. (CCAE)
M. App. Sci. (UC)
University of Canberra Distinguished Alumni Award
ACT Bushfire Council 2014–16
Weeds Advisory Group 2016–18
Friends of Grasslands 2009–18 and President 2013–16
Conservation Council Biodiversity Working Group 2009–18
Sarah worked as a senior plant ecologist with the ACT Government from 1993 to 2009, specifically in the field of lowland woodland and grassland conservation. She later worked as a consultant, preparing management guidelines and plans for management of grassy ecosystems and as a volunteer with several community groups and NGOs, including Molonglo Catchment Group. She undertook a landscape functional survey and assessment of the condition of all Canberra’s Nature Reserves for the Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment in 2010.
Sarah brings experience in survey and characterisation of lowland ecosystems, scientific, management and policy advice and government and community representation. Sarah has worked closely with, and gained the respect of, land managers, researchers, agencies, community groups and the general public within the ACT/NSW southern region. Her work has resulted in: improved knowledge about the components and dynamics of grassy ecosystems; the application of improved on-ground conservation management; establishment of reserves and other protection mechanisms; and availability of information on these ecosystems. Sarah also has extensive experience in advocating for the protection of these ecosystems and working with community and stakeholders to achieve better management and protection outcomes for grassy ecosystems in the region.
Sarah has published more than 30 papers and major reports. These include two field guides on the Grassland Flora and the Woodland Flora of the Southern Tablelands (NSW and ACT).
Vegwatch monitoring program (MCG) including facilitation and implementation of community monitoring and data collation, processing and analysis
Monitoring of vegetation and threatened species in grasslands and other sites
On-ground site management with Friends of Grasslands and Molonglo Catchment Group
Tony specialises in public policy and economics, impact analysis, complex reform frameworks, policy and program evaluation, and policy advising capabilities in public sector agencies. He also conducts professional development training in policy advising, policy writing and the management of policy projects.
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors
Tony was a Commonwealth public servant for 24 years, principally as an economist and policy adviser in the Commonwealth Treasury. He was also Chief Economist at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, where he played a key role in the Basin Plan being adopted in 2012, by redefining the socioeconomic evaluation framework to acknowledge the agricultural impacts of reform and adopting a participatory approach to the management of stakeholders.
Tony brings a broad experience to bear on complex economic and policy issues. His expertise covers diverse subjects such as revenue and expenditure aspects of Commonwealth budgeting, federal finances, competition policy, financial and performance frameworks, regulatory economics, taxation design, comparative economics and information systems. In 2008, Tony designed the current federal financial relations framework, including the system of financial transfers to and through the States and the associated performance framework, and he led the financial and budgetary aspects of the wider COAG Reforms.
Organic Industries of Australia—Developing a new national peak industry body for Australia’s organic industries
Organic Industries of Australia—Pilot export market access project
Centre for Invasive Species Solutions—National Weeds Research Development & Extension Investment Plan
Duxton Asset Management—Assessment of water resources required for expanded irrigated cotton production in Azerbaijan
Department of Defence—Business process performance review of the Property Management Branch
Department of Defence—Improving the use of economics for strategy and reporting for the Joint Strike Fighter program
Department of the Treasury—Post-implementation review of the reduction in the tobacco duty free concession
Defence Materiel Organisation—Review of forecasting the benefits to Australian industry from the Joint Strike Fighter program for PwC
Department of Social Services—Designing an evidence based policy capability and knowledge management strategy
Chicken Meat Federation of Australia—Prepared a submission to the White Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness
Attorney-General's Department—Performance review of departmental security arrangements