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Brooke Hermans

Community Engagement Brooke has over 20 years strategic planning, management and stakeholder engagement experience in the public and private sectors. Her experience in natural resource and waste management sectors, where she has used her communication, leadership, facilitation, governance, and project development skills, has led her to support governing boards and community-based organisations to set strategy […]

Professor Nick Bond

Integrating Climate Change Professor Nick Bond is the Director of the Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems and Research Theme Lead for Resilient Environments and Communities, at La Trobe University. Nick has over 20 years’ experience working on river and catchment management, with a focus on Australia’s water-stressed regions. He has strong connections across the water sector […]

Keynote Speaker – Jamie Simmonds

Keynote Address: Managed Retreat and Community Relocation in Flood-Prone Areas Jamie Simmonds, an internationally renowned expert in the field of managed retreat and community relocation, hails from the United States but has made Australia, particularly Brisbane, his home. Jamie’s remarkable journey has captivated audiences worldwide, particularly individuals seeking inspiration and guidance in their own communities. […]

Andrew Briggs

Field Projects and Construction Works Andrew is the River Health Project Manager with the North East Catchment Management Authority. He has extensive experience in river health restoration, with a strong focus on native fish and the reintroduction of fish habitat into waterways. Over the last decade he has played a major role in project managing […]

Chris Dwyer

Skills in Action and Applying our new skills to the Ovens River (Field Trip) Chris is a Waterway Management Practice and Director/Engineer of Confluence Pty Ltd .  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 […]

Dr James Grove

Skills in Action and Making Spatial Data Work for You James is a geomorphologist who uses GIS and field research to undertake research on riverbank erosion, arctic fluvial geomorphology, river condition assessment.

Ross Hardie

Onground Works : When to, when not to 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 […]

Jarod Lyon

What Fish Want Jarod leads a team of researchers examining restoration ecology, ecological management plans and intervention based research that helps inform management and policy decisions. He has many years experience as a freshwater scientist, including restoration of woody habitat into rivers and streams, understanding the impact of bushfires on aquatic systems, threatened species management, […]

Dr 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 […]

Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd

Wise Waterway Concepts 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 […]