Environment

Environment

RMCG provides consulting services in natural resource management and climate change with a team of highly respected professionals.

Our strength is combining our sound technical knowledge and ability to work through complex problems with a passion for working with people to develop practical, effective and fair outcomes for the environment and the communities that depend upon it. We aim to deliver exceptional natural resource management and climate change services to a wide range of clients including all levels of government, regional NRM bodies, water authorities, community groups, industry organisations and landholders.

Environment Services

  • Stakeholder and community engagement

  • Strategic planning

  • Catchment management

  • Climate change

  • Environmental risk assessment

  • Evaluation

  • Facilitation

  • Rural land use policy and planning

  • Coastal management

  • Environmental water

  • Soil health and sustainable land management

  • Practice change and community capacity

  • Project planning and analysis

Environment Team

Shayne Annett

Shayne Annett

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci., M.Res.Admin. (NRM)

Shayne has over 25 years working in land, water and biodiversity management, and during that time has developed the ability to see things from many perspectives, to anticipate issues that might arise and to draw on his experience to develop pragmatic and progressive solutions. He understands on-ground work, private and public land management, planning and managing programs and projects, and policy at local, state and national levels.

Jencie McRobert

Jencie McRobert

Associate

B.Sci., Grad.Dip.Eco., Assoc.App.Sci.

Jencie understands the science and economics of natural resource management and has grounded and practical experience in soils, mixed farming and viticulture. She has highly developed skills in evaluation of agricultural and natural resource management programs, business case writing, greenhouse emissions analysis and sustainable resource use, and catchment management.  Jencie knows and appreciates the issues affecting communities in rural and regional Australia.

Pam Beattie

Pam Beattie

Senior Consultant

B.Nat.Res. (Hons)

Pam has a diverse range of natural resource management skills including the management of catchments, environmental flows, wetlands, rivers, water quality and invasive plants and animals. She has worked extensively in monitoring, evaluation and reporting and NRM policy development and implementation. She has undertaken agriculture and irrigation management work to improve catchment outcomes.

Simon McGuinness

Simon McGuinness

Principal

B.Ag.Sci.

Simon specialises in strategic planning, critical thinking, evaluation and facilitation.  He works primarily in the natural resource management sector, and also has deep experience in rural and regional development. With expertise in mediation and conflict resolution, he has led numerous projects requiring skilful delivery of community and stakeholder engagement processes.

Steph Drum

Steph Drum

Senior Consultant

B.Nat.Res. (Hons)

Steph has specific skills and experience in natural resource management and sustainable agriculture, stakeholder and community engagement, policy and strategy development and evaluation. She has broad ranging experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of natural resource management programs. Steph combines her technical NRM knowledge with her expertise in building community capacity to develop tailored approaches to delivering and evaluating both environmental and social outcomes.

Dr Doris Blaesing

Dr Doris Blaesing

Associate

Dipl.Ing.Agr., Dr.rer.hort.

Doris has extensive experience in agricultural business development, resource management and R&D. She has a good understanding of agricultural production systems and supply chains. Her strengths are strategy and concept development, innovative thinking, problem solving, multi-disciplinary project management and communication on all levels with a broad range of people. Doris worked in public and private research, education, export and agribusinesses.

Dr Anne-Maree Boland

Dr Anne-Maree Boland

Managing Principal

PhD., B.Ag.Sci.

Anne-Maree has 25 years’ experience in dealing with natural resource and water management in agricultural industries. This has included research and development and consulting in the areas of sustainable management practices, water use efficiency, recycled water and environmental management systems. Anne-Maree has been a Non-Executive Director for GWRDC and IAL, is a Churchill Fellow and recipient of the University of Melbourne Chancellors Prize. She has extensive experience as a knowledge broker and establishing partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups including government, water and agricultural industries.

Carl Larsen

Carl Larsen

Senior Consultant

B.Env.Sci., B.Soc.Sci. (Env.), PG.Cert.CCPI.

Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with skills in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement. He has an understanding of the practical implications of policy and science on communities and agriculture. Carl has worked with a range of government departments, resource management agencies, private organisations and communities around Australia on catchment management, sustainable water use, resource management in agriculture/horticulture, land use, climate change, strategic planning, and extension and practice change.

Steph Spry

Steph Spry

Steph Spry

M.Env., B.Sci. (Marine Biology)

Steph has ten years’ experience working in environmental management. Key areas of knowledge include general ecology and environmental policy. She has specific skills in GIS analysis, project management and stakeholder consultation. Steph’s work has focused on the delivery of balanced, practical and effective environmental interventions.

Donna Lucas

Donna Lucas

Senior Consultant

B.App.Sci. (Hons)

Donna is an agricultural consultant with experience in research, extension, farm business management and evaluation. She enjoys working with groups or individual businesses to solve problems, support decision-making and put research into practice. Donna has worked in accounting and has strong analytical and project management skills. She is also actively involved in The Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN).

Claire Flanagan-Smith

Claire Flanagan-Smith

Senior Consultant

B.Env.Eng. (Hons)

Claire has more than a decade’s experience in strategic planning, facilitation and community engagement in a range of industries. Claire’s people and strategy skills are underpinned by a strong understanding of engineering and policy. She helps communities and organisations deal with complex issues, supporting insight and constructive strategy. Claire has delivered quality projects including investigations of community concerns related to mining, regional strategic planning, socio-economic impact studies and strategic planning for a wide range of organisations.

Shelley McGuinness

Shelley McGuinness

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons)

Shelley has strongly developed strategic planning skills and an ability to develop and apply logical methodologies to complex problems resulting in workable, robust strategies and policy solutions. With over 25 years’ experience she has an in-depth understanding of rural communities, industries, environments and natural resources, their inter-relationships and inter-dependencies. Her skills and experience have been applied to rural and regional strategic land use planning, agricultural industry analysis, assessment of land capability and suitability, land use conflict and environmental planning.

Clinton Muller

Clinton Muller

Consultant

M.Sust.Ag., B.Bus. (Hons), B.A.

Clinton has extensive experience in sustainable agriculture, with a specialist focus on horticulture and intensive production systems. With a strong agricultural industry focus, Clinton has worked across a range of agricultural commodities and natural resource management issues in Australia and internationally.  Clinton’s diverse range of capacities including program design and management, stakeholder engagement, partnership management, monitoring evaluation and reporting, extension, facilitation, action research and science communication.

Jaclyne Scally

Jaclyne Scally

Consultant

B.App.Sci. (Env.Mgt.) (Hons)

Jaclyne has experience in strategy development, community and stakeholder engagement, community based natural resource management and social research. Her projects have involved environment and sustainability planning for local government, estuary management planning, program evaluations and communication and engagement strategies for government departments. Jaclyne has a passion for working with communities to achieve practical outcomes for the environment.

Rebecca Schwarzman

Rebecca Schwarzman

Consultant

B.Sci. (Hons)

Bec has skills and knowledge in the socio-environmental aspects of natural resource management, integrated water management, agriculture and regional development. She has been involved in a variety of projects with a focus on program evaluation, strategic planning and social research, primarily for government agencies. Her recent work has focussed on catchment and river health management, bushfire management planning, composts in agriculture and social research on drivers and barriers to landholder participation and compliance.

Matthew Toulmin

Matthew Toulmin

Senior Fellow

Natural Resource Economist

Matthew works with clients across government, the water industry and community groups advising on public policy, regulation and strategic planning. He has extensive experience of utility and natural resource policy analysis and development, strategic planning and community consultation. He specialises in helping clients develop practical solutions to complex challenges.

Kym Whiteoak

Kym Whiteoak

Senior Consultant

B.Eco/Arts (Hons), M.Env.Mgt.

Kym leads our Economics and Policy Group and is an economist with experience in environmental and natural resource regulation, policy and management. He has expertise in business case development, cost-benefit analysis and development of market-based instruments in areas including water management (especially Integrated Water Management), native vegetation management, and the waste sector.

Anna Kelliher

Anna Kelliher

Principal

BA, BE (Hons), GAICD

Anna is an environmental engineer with 15 years’ experience in water and catchment management. She specialises in recycled water planning, irrigation modernisation, land capability assessment, environmental risk assessment and catchment condition reporting. Anna has experience working with industry, government, farmers and the community, and has developed sound teamwork, communication and project management skills.

Hilary Hall

Hilary Hall

Consultant

M.Eng.Sci. (Water & Wastewater Treatment), B.Eng. (Chem.)

Hilary is an experienced consulting engineer in the water and wastewater industries. She has expertise in technical investigations, detailed design, design reviews, sampling programs and technical documentation. She has particular expertise in all facets of the design, commissioning, operation and optimisation of wastewater treatment plants.

Case Studies

Moorabool Shire Sustainable Environment Strategy

Moorabool Shire is largely a rural, peri urban municipality centrally located between Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. The Shire is also rich in natural values with more than 74% of the area ...

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Dandenong Ranges Wildlife Recovery, Weed Management and Fuel Reduction Programme

RMCG was engaged by the CMA to assist them in planning and preparation of the  community led Dandenong Ranges Weed, Wildlife and Fire Programme grants. This included development of an implementation ...

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Evaluation of the Land Health Project 2013-2017

The Land Health Project (LHP) aims to address the declining condition of the health of agricultural land by targeting dryland farmers across Victoria to manage the resource base to support increased p...

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Review of Victorian Landcare Program and Victorian Local Landcare Facilitator Initiative

RMCG completed an independent review of the Victorian Landcare Program (VLP) concurrently with an evaluation of the Victorian Local Landcare Facilitator Initiative (VLLFI). The primary objective of th...

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Rural Community and Land Use Profiling

RMCG was engaged by the Corangamite CMA to conduct a rural community and land use profile. The profile formed part of a longitudinal study of the region’s rural community including demographics, rur...

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Improving North Central Soils Data Sets

North Central CMA engaged RMCG to undertake a review of relevant literature and consult with relevant soil scientists and practitioners to inform the development of a geoscience database for the regio...

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Sustainable Diversion Limit business cases

RMCG has led the development of business cases for most of the SDL offset projects to finalise the Murray Darling Basin Plan, in collaboration with trusted partners including Alluvium, DG Consulting a...

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Curdies and Gellibrand Estuary Management Plans and EEMSS Agricultural Assessment

The Corangamite Waterway Strategy (2014-2022) identifies the development of Estuary Management Plans (EMPs) at the Curdies and Gellibrand estuaries as a priority action. RMCG was engaged by the CMA to...

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Agricultural Land and Industry Development Strategy

The NSW Department of Planning & Environment (DPE) engaged RMCG to prepare Agricultural Land and Industry Development Strategies for the Central West and Orana and Murray-Murrumbidgee regions. ...

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Swan Hill Rural Land Use Strategy

RMCG were engaged by Swan Hill Rural City Council to prepare a Rural Land Use Strategy to guide future development of agricultural land across the Council area. The project was delivered in five ke...

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Risk Prioritisation and Engagement to Inform the Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Climate change poses many risks for government service provision. RMCG were engaged by the Department inform the development of Victoria’s first Climate Change Adaptation Plan. This project: Pri...

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Tas Farming Futures: Reducing land sector emissions and effecting the Carbon Farming Initiative in Tasmania

RMCG teamed up with NRM North, NRM South and agronomy provider Serve-Ag to deliver the three-year project, ‘Reducing land sector emissions and effecting the Carbon Farming Initiative in Tasmania’....

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Review of the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Recovery Project

The Department engaged RMCG to undertake a review of project logics for the Coorong Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLMM) Recovery Project. The purpose of the review was to help improve the project log...

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Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership Mid-Term Evaluation

The Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability (VAS) Partnership was a commitment between the State Government and Victoria’s 79 councils to come together to work on climate adaptation and sustainabil...

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Mentoring Initiative Planning for the Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership

A key challenge for local government to address climate change at a whole-of-business level. This program aimed to provide mentoring and training to support local government to integrate climate chang...

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