Catchment Management Specialist Network

Committee

Co-chairs

Bridget Wetherall, Executive Manager Environmental Services, Central Highlands Water           
Bridget is an environmental engineer with over 20 years experience, primarily in the water sector. Bridget is currently working as Executive Manager Environmental Services at Central Highlands Water with responsibilities for enhancing environmental outcomes of Central Highlands Water’s water and wastewater operations. This role includes responsibility for managing over 6000 Ha of catchments. Previously Bridget worked in water resources management and water policy development and implementation.

Karla Billington, Director, NaturalLogic
Karla has worked over the past 20 years across a number of water-resource related agencies and for the last ten years as a Director and consultant within the South Australian based company Naturallogic. Karla is recognised for her experience in applied water resource and catchment management and has undertaken research for many land use development reviews in Victoria and other states. Karla currently has a focus on Source Water Vulnerability Assessments as part of the implementation of Health Based Targets. This work has seen Karla complete assessments, in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW and the Northern Territory, and is currently working with Water RA on a Good Practice Guide to Sanitary Surveys and Operational Monitoring to Support the Assessment and Management of Drinking Water Catchments. Karla previously worked as Manager Catchments for SA Water for a period of seven years. She is an active member of the Australian Water Association and was a previous committee member of the (AWA’s) Catchment Management Network.

Committee members

Andrew Bath, Principal, Water Quality, Water Corporation
Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in the field of drinking water quality, public health and water resource management and worked in Europe, Africa, Australasia and America.  Currently, Andrew is a Principal in the Water Quality team at the Water Corporation in Perth and manages a wide range of projects in the drinking water, water resource and waste management areas of the business.  He is affiliated with numerous professional organisations, research bodies and universities both locally and overseas. He has published over 50 papers, technical reports and articles in a range of water, environment and health-related topics. 

Bridie Velik-Lord, Senior Environmental Water Planner, Melbourne Water
Bridie is a water industry professional with eleven years of experience in catchment management, integrated water management, integrated water resources management and has over six years specialising in environmental water management across Victoria. She has worked at Melbourne Water, the Victorian Environmental Water Holder and Victorian catchment management authorities. 
Bridie holds a Masters of Integrated Water Management (The International Water Centre), a Masters of Environment (The University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Natural Resource Management (The University of Melbourne). She is also a member of the River Basin Management Society and is part of an expansive, multi-disciplinary professional network across academia, professional services and state and federal governments.

Danielle Baker, Director of Water Analytics, Department of Industry - Water
Danielle is an environmental scientist with 20 years’ experience in the water industry, consulting on water and wastewater treatment and reuse, and catchment water quality and management. Danielle has a Masters degree from ANU where she studied with the Integrated Catchment Management and Assessment (iCAM) Research School. With a specialist understanding of risks and the fate and transport of pathogens and chemicals in catchments, Danielle has developed an electronic tool for sanitary surveying and has completed surveys for drinking water utilities nationally. Danielle has a keen interest in applied research and development, has been involved in numerous research projects targeting catchments. Danielle has planned catchment management for the South East Queensland and ACT drinking water catchments and has developed water quality based decision support tool for natural resource management. Danielle currently leads a large team of scientists and engineers at NSW Lands and Water to deliver water resource planning for NSW river systems. Danielle has served on the specialist network for several years and is committed to continued support of the AWA and the catchment management community if re-nominated.

Dr Kelly Hill, Research Program Coordinator, Water Research Australia               
Kelly holds a PhD (Water Engineering), MSc (Sustainable Catchment Management), BSc (hons) Environmental Management. She manages the delivery of research, across projects nationally covering several focus areas including: IWM and WSUD, Climate Change, IT Capability & Data Analysis, Managing Source Water and Wastewater. 

Some examples of these projects include:
Smart Sludge Pumping. This project aims to improve on the existing models that are used to simulate the rheology of sludge at WWTPs. Providing a framework for future upgrades of sludge handling.
Smart monitoring for microbial risk assessment. This project aims to provide a new monitoring methodology to detect the presence and source of vertebrate faecal inputs.
HBT and Sanitary Survey Guidance. This project will deliver a guidance document, which will deliver tools including a standardised catchment operational monitoring guide.
Benthic Algae. This project aims to improve understanding of the growth, persistence, toxin and taste and odour risk of benthic cyanobacteria.

Greg Greene, Principal, Source Protection Planning, Seqwater
Greg Greene is a water industry professional with over 25 years’ experience in catchment management, water quality and environmental planning.  Greg currently works in Seqwater leading their Source Protection Planning Team, responsible for developing and implementing the organisation’s multi-million dollar annual catchment investment program to help reduce risks to drinking water quality.  Prior to this, Greg has worked in senior roles with the Queensland Government and NSW water authorities, including Sydney Water and WaterNSW (formerly the Sydney Catchment Authority). Of particular note was Greg’s work implementing key catchment protection initiatives under the former Sydney Drinking Water Catchments Regional Environmental Plan, including development of a decision support system for the neutral or beneficial effect on water quality (NorBE) test.  Greg holds a Bachelor of Natural Resources (1st class honours) from the University of New England.    

Malcolm Hughes, Manager Catchment Protection, WaterNSW
30 years experience in catchment management has provided me with the opportunity to understand how best to manage catchments. My early experience was with local government – councils getting together in response to a decline in water quality in the Hawkesbury Nepean river system. I worked for the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Trust for seven years from its inception. Since 2000 I have occupied various positions with the Sydney Catchment Authority/WaterNSW. My specialisation is on the use of the NSW environmental planning system to protect drinking water catchments from development proposals. I enjoy seeing clear running streams.

Charles Lemckert, Head of School – School of Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Canberra

Charles is the Head of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Canberra and a Professor of Engineering. He manages a diverse range of staff and is overseeing the development of new engineering programs in civil/environmental and biomedical engineering. Charles specialises in environmental fluid dynamics, with interests in water and wastewater engineering with an aim to help maximise the effective and efficient use of our precious water resources. He also has a strong interest and involvement in developing and implementing effective educational approaches relevant for the higher education sector and the scientific and engineering communities.

Shane Papworth, Manager Legacy Mines – Mining Rehabilitation Division, Department of Primary Industry and Resources Northern Territory Government

Shane is a hydrogeologist and water industry professional, with over 15 years’ experience in the water game, firstly based at Hume Dam on the River Murray with Goulburn-Murray Water, a large rural water authority in northern Victoria, and for the last six years with Power and Water Corporation, the major urban water utility for the Northern Territory. Prior to that he endured 10 years in the environmental consulting (contaminated sites) sector but lived to tell the tale. A jack of all trades, Shane have interests and experience across a broad range of areas, but particular skill sets in the protection of drinking water sources and their catchments, hydrogeology and water source planning, from a strategic planning and policy development level through to practical on-ground delivery of projects and programs. A committee member of the Catchment Management Specialist Network for the past two years he is forever banging on about the importance of groundwater sources and groundwater source protection. Particularly in the context of northern and central Australia, where the relative scarcity of high quality drinking water sources water sources are critical community assets – exposed to and rapidly increasing development pressures means that ad a range of existing and emerging threats. Advocating for prudent water planning and protection of our drinking water sources and their catchments is my game.