Wise Water Ways

2018 Wise Water Ways Workshop Program

Keynote Speaker: Dr Jamie Pittock, Associate Professor, Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University

Dr Jamie Pittock (BSc, Monash; PhD, ANU)is Associate Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University. He is also Director of International Programs for the UNESCO Chair in Water at ANU. Jamie worked for environmental organisations in Australia and internationally from 1989-2007, including as Director of WWF’s Global Freshwater Programme from 2001-2007. His research from 2007 has focussed on better governance of the interlinked issues of water management, energy and food supply, responding to climate change and conserving biological diversity. Jamie directs research programs on irrigation in Africa, hydropower and food production in the Mekong region, and sustainable water management in the Murray-Darling Basin. He is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, the board of Water Stewardship Asia-Pacific, and is a scientific adviser to WWF Australia. Dr Pittock teaches courses on environment and society as well as on climate change adaptation.


Andrew Briggs
Andrew is the River Health Project Manager with the North East Catchment Management Authority.

Andrew BoultonProfessor Andrew Boulton

Andrew has worked on aspects of river and groundwater ecology for over 25 years, with particular interests in invertebrate ecology and river/groundwater health assessment, temporary streams and effects of drought, environmental flow allocations, and leaf litter breakdown. Currently, he serves on the Independent Expert Scientific Committee that provides scientific guidance to Australian Government on assessments of water-related ecological responses to coal seam gas extraction and coal mining. He also works with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, recently peer-reviewing several Northern Basin reports on environmental watering strategies.



Chris DwyerChris Dwyer

Chris is a Waterway Management Practice Leader at Jacobs.  He has been working in the industry for the past two decades and has extensive experience across New South Wales and Victoria, as well as numerous other projects spread around Australia. Chris’ key focus is the investigation, design and implementation of major river health programs.




Jamie Kaye

Jamie heads up Water Technology’s Waterways and Ecology group in Wangaratta. He's spent the past 20 years working around rivers and riparian areas, assessing the condition of works and vegetation, and prescribing ways to improve health and habitat. Much of Jamie’s work has involved the design/application of a range of monitoring methods to measure the condition of vegetation, other biota, habitats and physical form. He is experienced in the assessment and management of riparian Crown water frontages, development of min. standards and design of vegetation works audits.


Ross HardieRoss Hardie
Ross is a founder and director of Alluvium Consulting, a past president of the River Basin Management Society and an inaugural fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust. Ross has worked in both local and state government, but has spent most of his career in private consulting, working on Australian and international stream management projects and programs.




Terry McCormack
Terry has accumulated 25 years of experience at the delivery end of waterway management projects with the North East   Catchment Management Authority and its predecessor authorities. Terry has an extensive practical knowledge of the processes of river dynamics with respect to 'what works' and an acute appreciation for the need to continually review and adapt waterway management techniques to contemporary best practice NRM.



Dr Paul McInerney
Dr Paul McInerney is an early career researcher who has been based at the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre in Wodonga since 2007.
His main areas of interest include the influence of riparian plans on stream ecology, invasive species and aquatic macro invertebrate ecology.






Professor Gerry Quinn
Prof Gerry Quinn is Head of the Warrnambool Campus and Chair in Marine Biology. He has extensive research experience in coastal marine    

ecology, freshwater ecosystems and the effects of flow change on rivers and wetlands. He has co-authored two books and his recent research  has been on the effects of humans on the condition of estuaries and linking coastal environments to nearby land and catchment processes.




Jane RootsDr Jane Roots
Jane has been working in catchment management and river restoration In Australia since 1995. She worked for the Murray-Darling Basin Commission in Canberra for seven years where she was Manager of the Lake Victoria Project and later, Executive Officer of the Community Advisory Committee of the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council. In 2002 Jane work for 3 years on floodplain restoration projects in South Australia that included the first River Red Gum watering project on the Chowilla Floodplain. She has since returned to North East Victoria to manage an inaugural River Tender project and in 2013 completed her PhD, whilst working on the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office’s Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project with the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre. In 2015, Jane joined the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning as Program Manager Biodiversity for the Hume Region.


Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd

Ian Rutherfurd has 20 years experience in the water sector. At present he is an Associate Professor in the School of Natural  Resource Management and Geography in the University of Melbourne. He has also worked at a senior level in the Victorian State Govement in the water and river management area. Ian's area's of interest include river channel change, stream rehabilitation and fluvial geomorphology.



Dr Ewen Silvester

Dr Ewen Silvester is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution, based at the Albury-Wodonga Campus of La Trobe University. Ewen’s research interests include understanding chemical regulation in rivers and wetlands; sources and speciation of dissolved organic nitrogen in surface waters and seasonal and hydrologic controls on the transfer of alkalinity between vegetation, soils and aquatic systems. Ewen has a PhD in Physical Chemistry (University of Melbourne) geochemistry, mineralogy, spectroscopy and aquatic ecology and is currently an Associate Editor with the Journal of Hydrology.


Zeb Tonkin

Zeb is researching  the major decline in Macquarie Perch which is now listed as a nationally endangered species. To ensure the ongoing viability of the species, Zeb is involved in indentifying and targeted management actions to ensure key home and spawning habitats are preserved.




Dr Geoff Vietz
Dr Geoff Vietz is a geomorphologist and water management specialist with 18 years experience in catchment, river and wetland management. Geoff is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne where his research is focused on the geomorphology, ecohydraulics and sustainable management of streams and wetlands. He is also the principal of Streamology (Streamology.com.au), a consulting company focused on narrowing the research-consulting divide and ensuring novel and appropriate solutions are applied to waterway, wetland and water resources management.




Professor Robyn Watts

Professor Robyn Watts conducts research on the ecology, management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems. Her major interests include biodiversity, connectivity, flow-ecology relationships and river rehabilitation through altered flow management practices, especially through changing the operation of weirs and dams and delivery of environmental water. She has led multidisciplinary research teams and with colleagues has obtained over $4M funding of competitive research grants and consultancies from a range of different funding organisations. Robyn is a member of the Environmental Water Scientific Advisory Panel for the Australian Government Department of Environment.

Paul Wilson
Paul has worked in the Victorian water portfolio for 30 years. Most of this time he has been involved with monitoring and assessment of river health including the Index of Stream Condition (ISC) program. As part of the most recent ISC, Paul has managed the delivery of one of the largest LiDAR projects in Australia. Paul is the Victorian representative on numerous committees and working groups dealing with river health monitoring and assessment techniques. Paul is currently the Acting Manager, Water Resource Monitoring within the Water and Catchments Group of DELWP, where he looks after state wide surface water and groundwater monitoring.



Neil Ward

Neil is the Director for Indigenious Engagement with the Murray Darling Basin Authority.





Charles Sturt University Post Graduate Certificate

Participation in the Wise Water Ways program offers delegates the opportunity to receive a subject credit towards either the Charles Sturt University Graduate Certificate in River Restoration or Masters of Water Resource Management or other relevant Charles Sturt University courses.  Read more here...

More information: http://www.csu.edu.au/faculty/science/ses/courses