Reducing Urban Nutrients and Pollution in Moreton Bay

Workshop Series 2


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Reducing Urban Nutrients and Pollution in Moreton Bay Workshop

Thursday 7th July 2016, EcoCentre - Griffith University


Partha Susarla
Strategic Planning Manager

From Grey to Green Infrastructure

Partha is a Civil Engineer with post graduate qualifications in Environmental Engineering and an MBA.

With 25 years’ experience in strategic planning and delivery of infrastructure projects in three countries (India, New Zealand and Australia), Partha has predominantly worked in Water Infrastructure project delivery, Total Water Cycle Management Planning and Strategic Planning.

Partha is actively involved in the community through being a Board Member of SEQCMA and on the Working Committee COM SEQ for Catchment Action Plans.

Currently Partha leads the strategic planning services in Unitywater to provide total water cycle planning, treatment services planning, capital investment and regional planning.

Successfully negotiated with State Agencies for consolidating environmental licences for sewage treatment plants.

He recently lead a team to prepare a long term treatment services strategy on providing treatment services for the Unitywater serviced regions upto 2051 and beyond (50 year long term strategy). The strategic plan outlay is valued at $1.3B over the implementation period. The strategy is called Treatment Services Strategy.

Andy Hornbuckle
Team Leader Asia Pacific – Water Quality
SPEL Environmental

Andy has expertise in Civil Engineering, Biosystems Engineering and Bioengineering and has been associated with SPEL since 2008.  His mission is to engender and maintain a culture of ingenuity within SPEL that continuously contributes to improving Australia’s water and waste water quality and compliance standards.

Andy is deeply passionate about this industry, investing a lot of time into the strategy planning, research and funding of water quality improvement technology and water sensitive urban design measures.  This has been a journey of innovation and revitalisation, starting from the Stormceptor and Puraceptor systems for capture and removal of hydrocarbons, tertiary cartridge technology like the SPELFilter through to ecological systems including Modular and Floating Wetland systems.

The SPEL R&D team in conjunction with our academic research partners has initiated a series of 3 floating wetlands (Bribie Island, Park Lakes II and Fraser Island) field research and evaluation projects on SPEL products with a view to benefiting the industry and gathering environmental scientific data that is rigorous, transparent and independent.


Michael Linde
Senior Environment Advisor
Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd

Offsite Stormwater Treatment Pilot

Michael is an experienced Environmental Advisor with varied work experience with the Port Authority, as well as local government both in the UK and Queensland.

His current role at Port of Brisbane involves environmental management at a growing port that highly values the environment involves a wide range of activities and responsibilities which means it's always interesting.  A typical week could involve construction, dredging, reclamation, contaminated land, flora & fauna, water quality, air quality, sustainability, legislative compliance and ISO14001.


Sandra Avendano
Principal Policy Officer

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Erosion and Sediment Control and Program and Flexible options for Nutrient Management (Point Source)

Sandra has an extensive background in business and environmental management across research institutions, environmental consultants, private sector and State Government.

She has over 14 years of experience
in project planning and implementation to ensure adherence to strategic direction and environmental regulation; including roles in the Reef Compliance program addressing rural diffuse run-off, Best Management Practices programs for cane and grazing industries, waste and littering and illegal dumping programs, on-ground compliance on industrial sites in south east Queensland and coordination of partnerships to address erosion and sediment control at constructions sites.

Sandra is currently responsible for delivering the EHP’s SEQ Healthy Catchment Program; including the Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Project, Horticultural and Grazing Best Management Practice Programs and Healthy Country Program in partnership with industry, Healthy Waterways and Catchments and other government departments. She is also responsible for EHP’s engagement with the Resilient River Initiative and providing water quality policy advice.


Cameron Jackson
Leader Water Quality and Environment
Queensland Urban Utilities

Sustainability:  Environmental Leadership via Nutrient Management

Cameron was Trade Waste Manager for Brisbane Water for 10 years before moving into environment and water quality management in 2010 with the formation of Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU).

He now leads the water quality and environment team in QUU’s Strategic Planning group in which they have a primary goal to continually improve QUU’s environmental performance – particularly reducing impacts on waterways from QUU operations.


Dr Andrew Olds
Lecturer, Animal Ecology
University of Sunshine Coast

Marine Reserves, resilience and estuarine fishes in South-east Queensland

Dr Andrew Olds is an experienced marine ecologist with expertise in the fields of marine conservation, fisheries, spatial ecology and the impacts of global change on marine ecosystems. He has on-the-ground experience with conservation, fisheries and environmental management projects in tropical and subtropical estuaries and coastal waters, and has led multidisciplinary research teams in Australia and across the western Pacific.

Andrew's projects focus on three broad areas:

  1. Seascape ecology and connectivity
  2. Marine conservation planning and assessment
  3. Disturbance ecology and the functioning of coastal ecosystems.

Dr Andrew Olds is a researcher as part of the
USC Research Futures Project (CRN) - Water Sciences.


Jock Mackenzie

Impacts of nutrient loads on tidal wetlands - Monitoring & managing mangroves to maximise ecosystem services and resilience

Jock Mackenzie is Coordinator-Director and co-founder of MangroveWatch, based at TropWater, James Cook University, Townsville. Jock is currently completing his PhD on mangrove health assessment and has spent the past 10 years working in the field of mangrove ecology, examining the issues that impact these important habitats in Australia, India, Vietnam, Thailand and Solomon Islands. He’s passionate about working with local people to help protect their important mangrove resource. Jock’s broad research interests include mangrove ecosystem health assessment, saltmarsh ecology, tidal wetlands and blue carbon and tidal wetland ecosystem services.


Jennifer Loder
Director of Programs and Partnerships

Reef Check Australia

How reef citizen science can help to address water quality challenges in Moreton Bay

Jenn has been working on environmental science, community engagement and science communication for more than a decade. Her professional experience encompasses training volunteers to talk about everything from armadillos to zebras at the Smithsonian's National Zoo; launching science communication strategies for the Miami Museum of Science; investigating effective approaches to conservation behaviour change for local marine issues in South Florida and developing and implementing marine citizen science programs in Australia. Jenn holds a Graduate Diploma in Marine Biology from James Cook University and a Masters of Science in Environmental Science from Florida International University.

Inspired by her first Indo-Pacific experience in Palau, Jenn moved to Australia to pursue a career that unites science and education to protect our oceans and has been involved with Reef Check Australia since 2008. She has successfully implemented the RCA subtropical rocky reef monitoring program in South East Queensland; seen the expansion of monitoring coverage to more than 40 new reef sites; managed of more than $800,000 of project funds; developed citizen science training and data resources; expanded new partnership networks; and orchestrated the development of the REEFSearch concept to expand public participation opportunities.




Mik Petter

Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C)

I am a transdisciplinary researcher specialising in spatial presentation and prioritisation of environmental and natural resource issues to support community and government action.

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Paul McDonald

General Manager Business Development and Innovation

Healthy Waterways and Catchments

Paul’s role at Healthy Waterways and Catchments is to create new business opportunities and partnerships, contribute to NRM policy and planning, and promote innovation in the NRM space.

For more than 30 years Paul has worked with people from all walks for life – farmers, environmentalists, scientists, professionals, politicians and bureaucrats – to help care for our natural assets and the communities which rely on them.

Paul was senior manager in the Queensland Government for 24 years, where he honed expertise in statutory and NRM planning and policy. He is a Licensed Surveyor, has post graduate qualifications in information systems and business, and is an adjunct associate professor with the University of the Sunshine Coast.



Dr Tony Pressland
Vice President

Cubberla Witton Catchment Network

Tony has been involved in catchment management and land care as a scientist, administrator and practitioner for over 3 decades.  He undertook ecological and rainfall runoff studies in the grazing lands of the Burdekin River catchment and mulga country, and helped establish integrated catchment management in southern Queensland catchments.  He managed regional and state programs during the NHT, and Water Quality and salinity funded periods, and was involved in the establishment and early development of the regional natural resource management program nationally.  More recently he has been actively engaged in urban catchment management issues including water quality assessment in the inner western suburbs and has been President of the Cubberla Witton Catchments Network.  He is also an associate editor of The Rangeland Journal.


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