Georgeanna Story

Georgeanna is a zoologist with expertise in wildlife and pest animal tracking, trapping and surveys as well as in on-ground natural resource management. She has surveyed and monitored iconic native marsupials including Spotted-tailed quolls, wombats, dingoes and pests such as rabbits, wild dogs and foxes.

She is also an experienced Landcare coordinator with skills in community engagement, event and project organisation, property assessments and management planning.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

B.Sc. Hons. (Ecology, Zoology)

Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat Advisory Committee

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Advisory Committee Far South Coast Region

Royal Zoological Society of NSW

Ecological Society of Australia

Australian Wildlife Management Society

Australian Institute of Biology

Native Animal Rescue Group

CSIRO Scientists in Schools Program

Experience

Georgeanna has 22 years of experience in wildlife and pest animal trapping, surveys and monitoring. She has worked as an ecologist and researcher with the University of Queensland, Macquarie University, the Australian National University, the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, and as a professional consultant.

Over the last three years, she has been with Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare working to coordinate and support local Landcare groups in sustainably managing their natural resources.

Selected projects

Road impacts on the common wombat (Vombatus ursinus), from the individual to the population

Landholder’s perceptions of Wild deer survey

Expertise

Applications for grant funding
Biodiversity conservation
Community and stakeholder engagement
Environmental education
Fauna surveys
Flora and fauna management
Flora surveys
NRM program design and management
Pest and weed control
Property planning
Scientific writing and editing
Volunteer management
Wildlife habitat assessments

Kristy Moyle

Kristy is a qualified planner and a passionate, very experienced facilitator, presenter, teacher and writer. She has a particular interest in communications, facilitation and event management, along with the use of spatial analysis or mapping tools for the purposes of monitoring and evaluation.

She enjoys geoprocessing and the use and integration of spatial data. She has advanced mapping and spatial analysis skills using geographical information systems (GIS), especially ArcGIS, and has managed the development of key spatial products that guide investment in natural resource management for Landcare and Local Land Services.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

B.Urb.Reg.Plan.

Dip. (Town Planning)

Business Admin. III Cert.

M.Ed. (current)

Experience

Kristy has extensive experience in planning for a range of natural resource management programs. She has worked with the Australian Government environment department, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council, South East Local Land Services, and in private consultancy. Her roles have encompassed spatial prioritisation and mapping of biodiversity and climate change vulnerability in NSW, and implementation of national and state planning legislation.

At the catchment level, she has developed NRM planning for climate change and coordinated community consultation in the development of the South East Local Land Services Catchment Action Plan. She also worked as a Landcare coordinator facilitating workshops, forums and seminars.

She excels in communications and has connections with volunteer groups and government agencies across NSW and the ACT. She has presented at conferences, training sessions and has organised and delivered a range of Landcare events, including ‘Champions of the Catchment’, ‘Women in Farming’ and ‘Landcare for Sport’. Kristy has managed various social media applications and written quarterly newsletters for distribution to over 400 Landcare members.

Selected projects

Development of Climate Change strategic planning for South East NSW

Development of Communications Strategies for the promotion of NRM strategies and legislation, including the EPBC Act (Cth)

Assessment and determination of planning proposals in accordance with legislation (EP&A Act 1979); Local Government Act 1993; Threatened Species Conservation Act and Local Environment Plans (TLEP 1991, PLEP, 2014)

Research, consultation and development of strategic planning documents, including Southern Rivers Catchment Action Plan ‘CAP’

Expertise

Biodiversity mapping
Climate adaptation strategic planning
Community and stakeholder engagement
GIS mapping and product development (ArcGIS)
NRM program design and management
Spatial vulnerability mapping for extreme events

Scott Laidlaw

Scott is an environmental planner with extensive experience and skills in Australian environmental assessment and regulation. He has managed natural heritage species research projects, environmental assessments and heritage listing nominations with the Australian Government. He has experience in planning and implementation of Commonwealth policies relating to biodiversity conservation, vegetation management, exotic species regulation, national park management and marine protected areas. Scott also has extensive experience in Indigenous liaison and stakeholder consultation. Through biodiversity field work across Australia, he has gained ecological knowledge of the Australian marine, estuarine and terrestrial environments. Scott also has applied environmental experience in industry including in mining and commercial fisheries.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

B.Sc. (Biology, Geology)

Member Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (MEIANZ)

Experience

Scott is highly experienced in relation to planning and implementation of Australian Government environmental policies and regulations. He has worked for the environmental department for 20 years working to implement the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), the Australian Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, the Native Vegetation Framework, and the National Environmental Science Programme. He has managed teams assessing places nominated for heritage places’ listing on the EPBC Act World, National and Commonwealth Heritage Lists. He has also worked within the Central Land Council’s mining section, the Australian Geological Survey Organisation, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, NSW Fisheries, and the Australian Museum.

Selected projects

Scott has achieved successful outcomes in a wide variety of roles, with twenty years’ experience working with the Commonwealths Environment Department and applying the EPBC Act. Successful project outcome examples include:

  • Personally preparing and finalising a series of 'emergency' EPBC Act National Heritage (NH) listing assessments, including one regarding the Victorian Alps.
  • Independently and successfully completed an EPBC Act compatible Environmental Impact Assessment checklist process for Kakadu National Park
  • Successfully managed procurement contracts for the Department of the Environment. Projects have ranged from National Environment Science Program (NESP) research, to National Vegetation Condition Monitoring Protocols, to Defence and Indigenous land biodiversity surveys conducted with expert biodiversity survey consultants
  • In a Secretariat policy role in the Departments’ Biodiversity Conservation Division, he co-facilitated the development of the Native Vegetation Framework (NVF) policy, which received ‘whole of government’ endorsement at COAG’s SCEW (Standing Council on Environment and Water) in 2012
  • In the Department’s Heritage Division, he successfully assessed multiple EPBC Act National Heritage List (NHL) nominations. Successful NH listing examples include the nationally outstanding Fitzgerald National Park biodiversity hotspot, the written assessment of which also broke new ground in assessing regional communities’ involvement in environmentally sustainable development land management.
  • Many sequential and productive ecological field surveys conducted in co-operation with the Defence Department on their properties at Ningaloo, Woomera and in the greater Perth region. These surveys help update Defence land Commonwealth Heritage listings, and also provided critical ecological management data to Defence’s land managers.

Expertise

Biodiversity conservation
Commonwealth environment and heritage assessments
Community and stakeholder engagement
NRM program design and management

Lesley Peden

Lesley is an ecologist with over 15 years of experience in ecological surveys, assessment and monitoring in the ACT and NSW. She conducts botanical surveys and monitoring of vegetation communities (e.g. woodlands, grasslands, forests, subalpine areas, riparian zones). She is similarly experienced in a diverse range of fauna survey and monitoring techniques such as trapping, installation and use of wildlife cameras, and data collection, storage and analysis including morphological data collection and DNA sampling. She has worked on mammals (wallabies, kangaroos, pigs, platypus and small mammals), reptiles (Eastern Water Dragons, Pink-tailed Worm-lizards, Grassland Earless Dragons, Striped Legless Lizards, crocodiles, turtles), insects (Golden Sunmoth), amphibians and fish.

Lesley’s experience encompasses assessments of threatened ecological communities (e.g. Box-Gum Woodlands, Natural Temperate Grasslands), threatened species, riparian ecosystems, post-fire monitoring and Eucalyptus dieback. Lesley is proficient in Environmental Impact Assessments under Commonwealth and State legislation and the preparation of mapping and environmental advice for land managers including government agencies, corporate clients, land managers and community groups.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

Certified BAM Accredited Assessor

B.Sc. (Conservation Biology, Applied Ecology)

Member Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (MEIANZ)

Experience

Lesley is highly experienced in on-ground and community-based conservation and natural resource management. She has worked with Conservation Volunteers Australia, the ACT Government’s conservation planning and research team, Umwelt (Australia), and in tertiary education and training of applied environmental management (Canberra Institute of Technology, University of Canberra). Most recently, she has been a Conservation Officer with Conservation Volunteers Australia where she coordinated and developed projects to engage community and inspire and connect people to nature. She also undertakes annual surveys for ACT Government of woodlands and grasslands in environmental offset reserves.

Lesley has strong community engagement experience, having been facilitator for the NGO Kosciuszko to Coast Partnership for five years and a Regional Provider for the Land for Wildlife program in the local region. In these roles, she conducted over 350 ecological assessments in NSW and ACT and supported landholders to manage their land sustainably, balance productivity with conservation outcomes, and access funding and scientific expertise. In addition, Lesley trained and lead teams of community individuals, students and volunteers on conservation projects in the natural environment. She coordinated educational workshops and events to promote the objectives of the K2C Partnership: restoring woodlands, grasslands, forests and riparian ecosystems and has managed community workshops. Examples include threatened species workshops for the South East Local Land Services ‘Saving our Species Scarlet Robin’ project, numerous K2C projects aimed at restoring and reconnecting the landscape and engaging community in citizen science and NRM activities, and a 2016 community forum on Eucalyptus dieback in Queanbeyan, NSW.

Over the past three years, Lesley taught the Environmental Management Diploma at Canberra Institute of Technology and led teams of students on conservation and NRM activities in the region. Previously, she has worked as a tutor and research officer with the University of Canberra, and as a wildlife ecologist for ACT Government.

Lesley has co-authored several journal articles and technical reports for ACT Government focusing on vegetation and habitat condition of the Murrumbidgee River and tributaries, and Eucalyptus dieback.

Selected projects

Annual woodland and grassland surveys for ACT Government

‘Saving our Species Scarlet Robin’ project workshops (South East Local Land Services)

Eucalyptus dieback field surveys (ACT Government) and dieback community forum (Kosciusko 2 Coast)

Lesley Peden

Expertise

Applications for grant funding
Biodiversity conservation
Community and stakeholder engagement
Conservation agreements
Environmental education
Fauna surveys
Flora and fauna management
Flora surveys
NRM program design and management
Threatened species management
Volunteer management

Sarah Sharp

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

Experience

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).

Selected projects

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

Expertise

Community and stakeholder engagement
Environmental communication
Flora surveys
Landscape planning and restoration
Monitoring and evaluation
NRM program design and management
Volunteer management

Janelle Dennis

Janelle is highly experienced in community engagement, event coordination, facilitation and training for landholders and volunteers. She has worked in local government and non-government organisations in the ACT, Tas and WA in promoting best practice environmental management and sustainable agriculture. This has included roles in Landcare support, development assessment, planning, environmental health, vegetation mapping and assessment, and environmental education. Janelle’s skills and experience also encompass ecotourism, environmental interpretation, and professional cooking.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

BA (Geography and Environmental Studies, Aboriginal Studies) (Utas)

Grad. Dip. (Env. Manag.) (Utas)

National Landcare Award given to Huon Valley Council for Local Government Landcare support while Janelle was Landcare officer (2008-9)

Experience

Janelle is Manager of Communications and Engagement at Molonglo Catchment Group. Her main role is in coordinating with other NRM organisations in the ACT region, managing communications with MCG members and stakeholders, and representing the interests of MCG members in consultative fora. She has previously worked in the ACT Government as Community Education Officer for ACT Parks and Conservation Service and as the Regional Landcare Facilitator. In NRM South (Tasmania), she was the Community Support Officer as well as the coordinator for Southern Coastcare Association of Tasmania. Janelle has also worked in ecotourism and environmental interpretation as a guide and operations manager in Tasmania (Maria Island Walk, Bay of Fires) and in Queensland (Jungle Adventures).

Selected projects

Event coordination such as Landcare for Singles, National Tree Day and Bush Friendly Garden at Floriade, Canberra

Project managed large-scale project in skills development and training (capacity building) for environmental volunteers in Southern Tasmania

Janelle Dennis

Expertise

Aboriginal cultural land management
Applications for grant funding
Community and stakeholder engagement
Environmental communication
Environmental education
NRM program design and management
Pest and weed control
Threatened species management
Volunteer management

Ben Huttner-Koros

Ben is a project officer with Molonglo Catchment Group where he designs and manages NRM projects (weed control, revegetation, habitat enhancement). Ben is experienced in trapping and handling small native mammals, weed and pest control, assessing habitat value of trees, and roadside tree trimming and removal. He also provides educational programs on flora, fauna and ecology for schoolchildren.

Ben’s Honours research was on the conservation, habitat preference and management of the threatened striped legless lizard (Delma impar) at Bush Heritage Australia’s Scottsdale Reserve, NSW.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

BSc Hons (ANU)

Experience

Ben has experience in design and implementation of natural resource management projects for Molonglo Catchment Group on weed control, revegetation, and habitat enhancement. In this role, he engages broadly with partner organisations, government, stakeholders, Landcare groups, landholders, and farmers. He has skills in project implementation and activity reporting to public authorities, including projects funded through ACT Environment Grants and the NSW Environmental Trust.

Ben also has worked in industry as an environmental consultant and project manager. He completed a conservation and research internship at the Conservation Ecology Centre, Cape Otway, Victoria. He is committed to community action through his role as finance officer for the ANU Environment Collective.

Selected projects

Natural Heritage Trust—Design and management of a 20 million trees project covering 600 hectares south of Queanbeyan

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service—Potoroo trapping using cage traps, handling small native mammals (antechinus, rats, potoroo)

Australian National Botanical Gardens—Engage and assist visitors, ensure safety and security, assist with public educational and commercial programs; Provide educational programs on flora, fauna and ecology for schoolchildren aged between 6 and 15

NSW local councils—Ecologist services for roadside tree trimming and removal projects to NSW local councils; Assess habitat value of trees and direct tree contractor on where to cut

Environmental and Agricultural Services—Weed control using herbicides and mechanical methods, rabbit control using poison baiting and warren fumigation, revegetation planting, agricultural soil testing; Conducting Flora and Fauna Survey and domestic on-site wastewater (sewage) management studies; Researching legislation, desktop mapping, field-work, writing a client report meeting council’s requirement.

Ben Huttner-Koros

Expertise

Applications for grant funding
Environmental communication
Fauna surveys
Flora and fauna management
Flora surveys
Habitat value of trees
NRM program design and management
Pest and weed control
Riparian land and catchment management
Threatened species management
Tree management and cultivation (arboriculture)
Wildlife habitat assessments

Jasmyn Lynch

Jasmyn is a conservation ecologist with expertise on rare and threatened species, biodiversity patterns and processes, wetland assessments, threatening processes, and environmental management frameworks. Her work has extended from the genetic scale, through species ecology, regional ecology, global patterns of biodiversity, to the application of science to conservation policy and environmental management. She also works on a systems scale, evaluating the interactions and linkages between people and landscapes and the implications for long-term environmental sustainability.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

BSc (ANU), Honours (Utas)

MSc (Utas)

PhD (UQ)

Member Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (MEIANZ)

Shortlisted for the 2017-18 Eric Anderson prize for best article in the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management

Experience

Jasmyn has 28 years of experience on environmental issues. She has worked with the Australian government and four state governments, a range of universities, and Indigenous representatives of Cape York Peninsula and Papua New Guinea. She has engaged in national policy development and implementation, regional conservation programs, field surveys, data collation, analysis and reporting.

Jasmyn is a proficient writer and editor, with editorial experience on the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, Nordic Journal of Botany, Quaternary Australasia, and in editing technical reports and university dissertations. She has produced over 40 publications on environmental issues and 36 environmental management and botanical survey technical reports.

Selected projects

Assessing trends and causes of dieback of Blakely’s red gum (Eucalyptus blakelyi) stands in the ACT 2017-18. Analysis of spatial patterns and drivers of E. blakelyi dieback in the ACT using temporal satellite imagery, landscape attributes and biological factors. Collaboration with ACT Government, Environment and Planning Directorate.

Enhancing conservation and cultural knowledge through orchids of Papua New Guinea 2014-18. Evaluation of scientific, historical and cultural knowledge of the values and uses of orchids in the Torricelli Mountains, PNG. Collaboration with Tenkile Conservation Alliance to raise conservation awareness while enhancing local knowledge, skills, capacity and development.

The Piku Project: community-led conservation 2013-15. Research on the nesting biology and harvest of the pig-nosed turtle in the Kikori River catchment of Papua New Guinea to inform effective community action for conservation and sustainable use of this traditional resource.

Jasmyn Lynch

Expertise

Aboriginal cultural land management
Applications for grant funding
Bio-cultural knowledge
Biodiversity conservation
Environmental education
Flora surveys
NRM program design and management
Scientific writing and editing
Threatened species management
Wetland management
Wildlife habitat assessments

Karen Williams

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Karen works with people and environment to adapt and develop innovative ways of integrating natural resource management, social history, community history, community (cultural) development, and the visual arts. Karen uses specific skills—as author, scholar, researcher and artist—to initiate the creative interaction of environment, culture and social inclusion.

Karen’s doctoral thesis provides a conceptual framework that recognises situated ways of knowing and liberating subjugated knowledges, particularly at the interface between Indigenous cultures of industrialised countries. Developing sustainability initiatives and education, the framework integrates economic, socio-cultural and environmental considerations to bridge between Western and Indigenous knowledge.

Karen uses a reflexive process of experience and reflection, providing the conceptual basis of a research method that does not privilege theory over practice; recognising instead the role of reflexivity as a fundamental grounding stage in the development of theory.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

Bachelor of Arts (Visual) (UC)

Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology) (UNE)

PhD (Education) (UC)

ACT Heritage Award (1998)

Experience

NRM program design, grant applications and management

Development of inter-connected Aboriginal NRM

Reform of the business strategy, and development of a corporate plan and operational plan

Reform of corporate governance, board of directors, and the constitution

Review of the Molonglo Catchment Strategy (2015), promoting socio cultural outcomes in what is otherwise a technical document

Mentoring the Manager of the ACT Environment Grants for “Caring for Ngunawal Pathways” project

Board Director Landcare ACT since 2015

Selected projects

ACT Heritage—Ngunawal pathways project: “Connected Environments and Changing Landscapes of the ACT and Surrounding Region—Interacting with the Ngunawal Perspective”

ACT Government (TCCS)—Oaks Estate River Corridor Heritage Walk information signs

Karen Williams

Expertise

Aboriginal cultural land management
Applications for grant funding
Community and stakeholder engagement
Inter-connected Aboriginal NRM
NRM program design and management

Tony Webster

0448 439334

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.

Tony is also Managing Director of Policy Partners Pty Ltd, a Canberra-based policy and management consultancy.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

Bachelor of Economics (ANU)

Master of Public Policy (ANU)

Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors

Experience

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.

Selected projects

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

Tony Webster

Expertise

Applications for grant funding
Community and stakeholder engagement
Cross-border partnerships
Monitoring and evaluation
NRM program design and management
Regional and agricultural economics
Regulation impact statements
Social and economic impact assessment