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

  • Waterway management   View 

  • Catchment management   View 

  • Climate change   View 

  • Stakeholder and community engagement   View 

  • Strategic planning   View 

  • Environmental risk assessment   View 

  • Facilitation   View 

  • Evaluation   View 

  • Rural land use policy and planning   View 

  • Coastal management   View 

  • Water for the environment   View 

  • Soil health and sustainable land management   View 

  • Practice change and community capacity   View 

  • Project planning and analysis   View 

Environment Team

Shayne Annett

Shayne Annett

Associate

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.

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.

Trent Wallis

Trent Wallis

Senior Consultant

BSc, MEnvSt, GDipPD(EnvSt)

Trent has a strong background in environmental planning and natural resource management, with particular expertise in waterway management and planning. He is also experienced in community and stakeholder management. He has a strong understanding of the importance of genuine engagement to ensure project buy-in and support. He has worked with, and led, integrated project teams, stakeholder and community project committees, forums and working groups, technical expert groups, as well as a range of other engagement and influencing processes, all tailored to the project and the audience.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Claire Flanagan-Smith

Claire Flanagan-Smith

Principal

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.

Jaclyne Scally

Jaclyne Scally

Senior 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.

Steph McNulty (nee Spry)

Steph McNulty (nee Spry)

Consultant

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.

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.

Dr Claire Feniuk

Dr Claire Feniuk

Consultant

PhD, MSc., BSc. (Hons)

Claire is passionate about working on the interface between research, policy and practice to support sustainable land management. Through her research and policy experience, Claire has gained insight into a wide range of approaches to agriculture and natural resource management worldwide and brings an international perspective to our team.

Melissa Ludeman

Melissa Ludeman

Consultant

B.Env.Sci. (Hons)

Mel is working primarily in the facilitation and strategy area of the business. She has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) at Deakin University. Prior to joining RMCG, Mel was employed in conservation projects around Victoria. For her honours project, Mel worked with an Aboriginal Cooperative to evaluate their grassland management strategies in the You Yangs.

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.

Case Studies

Evaluation of stakeholder perspectives on the Native Vegetation regulatory map

In response to a 2014 review of biodiversity conservation legislation in New South Wales, the Native Vegetation Regulatory (NVR) Map was developed to indicate where clearing native vegetation can occu...

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Natural Resources Commission (NRC) Biodiversity Audit

RMCG was engaged by the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to conduct a stage one audit of Local Land Services’ (LLS) implementation of major reforms. The reforms, implemented in response to the 201...

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Works approval guideline for piggeries

RMCG was recently engaged by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria to develop a guideline to assist applicants in preparing works approval (WA) applications for piggeries. Piggeries...

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Victorian Landcare Review

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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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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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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