Water Literacy and Education Network


Call for Nominations Opening Soon for Water Literacy & Education Committee 2020 – 2022.
You must be a Member of the Australian Water Association to nominate for the committee.

Meet the Committee

Associate Professor Ataur Rahman
Associate Professor Ataur Rahman has made significant contributions to engineering education over the last two decades as a lecturer, course coordinator, conference organiser and writer. He has written for over 360 publications on various aspects of water and environmental engineering and is making a significant contribution to engineering literature by serving on the editorial board of three international journals. He has been involved in the International Water Association’s Working Group on Urban Stormwater Harvesting and Urban Rainfall, and the Australian Water Association’s Water Quality Monitoring & Analysis Specialist Network. He is the founder Chair of Global Circle for Scientific, Technological and Management Research which has organised international congresses to promote scientific and technological research and practice.

Carolyn Bellamy
Carolyn Bellamy is the Research Capability Manager at Water Research Australia (WaterRA). She has over 20 years' experience in the water industry with a strong focus on building the capacity and capability of young water industry professionals. Carolyn was previously the Education Program Manager at the University of South Australia providing support for the Education and Training Program of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment. Carolyn has a Diploma of Counselling and is currently undertaking further studies in Advanced Transactional Analysis. She is an active member and supporter of the Australian Water Association, in particular, the Young Water Professionals Network.

Professor Charles Lemckert
Professor Charles Lemckert is the inaugural Head – School of Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, within the newly formed Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Canberra. Charles has had over 25 years of experience in studying and reporting on coastal, river and lake dynamics, along with teaching undergraduate and postgraduate engineering and science students in a wide range of fundamental and professional courses in the areas of water science and engineering, coastal engineering, environmental engineering and marine science. Charles is an Adjunct Professor with Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland and is actively developing new approaches to enhance higher education learning.

Dr Emma Yuen
Dr Emma Yuen is the Regional Manager for the Western Region of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.  Emma has worked in the water sector for over 20 years in public policy, research, planning and design. As a former researcher with CSIRO and Murdoch University she has explored research questions related to how communities adapt to global environmental change as well as undertaking water demand modelling, program evaluation and participatory community development. She is experienced in both the physical and social sciences, as well as being a facilitator with a passion for working with diverse and interdisciplinary groups.

Jenny Kenshole
Jenny is the Education Program Manager at Yarra Valley Water. She completed a Degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences, before gaining her Diploma of Education, focussing on Mathematics and Biology. Jenny taught for 3 and a half years at Glen Waverley Secondary College, before moving into her education role in the water industry. She has been involved in many water industry committees and projects, including the VicWater Water Educators Network Committee, Choose Tap Coalition, IWA Education Special Interest Group (Convenor) and was the Chair of the AWA Water Education Specialist Network until she went on maternity leave in 2017. Jenny has created and contributed to a range of water education materials, and has formed partnerships with many local councils, educational institutions and facilitators to benefit each other’s programs.

Mandy Mcdonald
Bio to come

Mary Catus-Wood
Bio to come

Peter Dillon
Peter was a research engineer and team leader in CSIRO from 1985 to 2014 working on groundwater quality research, water recycling and managed aquifer recharge. He has retired but remains an Honorary Fellow of CSIRO Land and Water, is an adjunct chair at Flinders, Adelaide and Jinan Universities, and consults with Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec. His role on the committee is to help the Australian Water Association stimulate industry support to lift urban water research to reach the Australian industry average (1% revenue) and to work with other organisations like AATSE and the Productivity Commission to encourage this and maximise the value of research.