Biosolids Network Committee 2015-17

We are driven by the interests of our member so you are most welcome to contact us with any ideas and enquiries for this network.

Ron Crafter
Veolia Water Technologies, NSW
Guy Ohandja
Sydney Water, NSW
Ivan Reolon
Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure, NSW
Kelly Hopewell
City of Gold Coast, QLD
Justin Watts
Monadelphous, QLD
Chin How (Norman) Goh
The University of South Australia, SA


Ronald Crafter
Ronald Crafter
I plan, manage and deliver new or repaired infrastructure for the Ballarat Potable and Waste Water Treatment Plants to ensure continuous operations for Central Highlands Water Authority (CHW) which include the operation and maintenance contracts of;
  • White Swan, Lal Lal and Ballarat West
  • Beaufort, Blackwood, Clunes and Forest Hill
  • Avoca and Landsborough
  • Ballarat North Water Reclamation Plant
  • Ballarat North Water Recycling Plant

Kelly Hopewell

Kelly Hopewell is the Coordinator of Process Engineering at the City of Gold Coast, and has been in the water industry for over 15 years.  Starting out in drinking water quality while working as a research assistant at Griffith University, she had a steep learning curve in the field of wastewater treatment once moving the Gold Coast Water in 2005.  Kelly and her team are responsible for working with the operators to optimise the Gold Coast’s four sewage treatment plants, endeavouring to reduce chemical, electricity and biosolids haulage costs, while maintaining a high quality effluent. Kelly has a passion for biosolids and finding innovative ways to manage this potential resource.

Norman Goh
Chin How (Norman) Goh 

My interests are in waste management, beneficial reuse of biosolids and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions quantification and mitigation. I am a member of IChemE, Engineers Australia, Water Research Australia, CRC for Low Carbon Living and am also on the South Australian Young Water Professionals committee of the AWA.
I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide and began my PhD in Water Engineering with the University of South Australia in 2014. My research is specifically focused on the quantification of GHGs from biosolids stockpiles and investigating the potential of carbon sequestration via the existing application of biosolids to agricultural lands.
More broadly, I am interested in the policy and perception aspect of biosolids and how it can affect the potential of beneficial reuse. The big picture view is one that is difficult to fully encapsulate, needing elements of industry, academia, governments, the public, end-users of biosolids and environmental agencies. Its easy to become entrenched in a particular sector not by choice but by the lack of interdisciplinary exposure. Hence, I am taking this opportunity as part of this biosolids committee to listen, learn, interact and ultimately build a more holistic view of biosolids management in order to facilitate the beneficial reuse of biosolids as a commodity not to be squandered.

Justin Watts

I am currently the Engineering Manager at Monadelphous.  I have a process engineering background as a lead engineer in some of the global wastewater consulting businesses operating in Australia.  My experience spans planning, design and operations but my focus is now on the delivery of complex treatment projects.

Ivan Reolon (co-chair)
In my role as Business Development Manager at Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure, I will primarily be focusing on new business for Water Infrastructure as well as Pipe Renewal for Abergeldie Watertech. I also assist with other complex infrastructure markets such as rail, bridges, electrical, tunneling and shafts

Guy Ohandja (co-chair)
My career has provided me with an extensive
track record in advising public/private organisations across a broad range of water and wastewater treatment processes, waste and resource recovery, and environmental legislation issues. Within my current role, I provide technical support for wastewater treatment processes, anaerobic digestion and biosolids management at Sydney Water.