Water

Water

Water resources support vital ecosystems and provide for the economic and social well-being of communities. Managing those resources requires skills and experience across a range of disciplines.

RMCG assist water authorities, catchment management authorities, farmers and businesses to plan and implement effective water solutions. This advice is available across river health, irrigation and drainage, water resources, water quality, recycled water and organics, environmental water and economics.

We are a leading player in irrigation reform across northern Victoria providing strategic analysis as well as practical, workable solutions. Our economics team works with water authorities on their pricing and regulatory submissions, while our engineers and scientists find practical solutions to recycling, water network and bulk water supply issues.

Recycled water and organics is an increasingly important part of the overall water portfolio. We are industry experts in recycled water and organics management. We work with community, government and industry to produce sustainable, viable and practical outcomes. Our projects have covered a wide range of recycled water uses including agricultural irrigation, community recreation, dual pipe development, industrial reuse, environmental flows, offsets, stock and domestic water schemes, and domestic wastewater management planning.

Water Services

  • Cost benefit analysis and business case development   View 

  • Groundwater analysis and management   View 

  • Recycled water and organics   View 

  • Domestic wastewater management   View 

  • Irrigation design and management   View 

  • Water portfolio management   View 

  • Water quality and salinity management

  • Stakeholder and community engagement   View 

  • Environmental risk assessment   View 

  • Facilitation   View 

  • Evaluation   View 

  • Environmental water   View 

Water Team

Rob Rendell

Rob Rendell

Senior Fellow

B.Eng. (Ag), CPAg., GAICD

Rob has more than 40 years’ experience in irrigation, groundwater drainage, salinity management, project management, extension, reclaimed water re-use, practical irrigation farming and farm management, agricultural industry benchmarking and sustainability indicators.  Rob’s wide range of experience from the practical to the technical/managerial and also to strategy and policy, gives him ability to contribute at many levels. He is recognised as a leader in the water and irrigated agriculture sector.

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.

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.

George Warne

George Warne

Senior Consultant

B.Building

George is recognised as a leader in the rural water sector. After ten years in the commercial construction industry, George became the inaugural General Manager and CEO at Murray Irrigation from 1992 onwards, leading the reform processes in water management, environmental responsibility, infrastructure management and water service delivery in southern NSW. George has also been responsible for major change management within organisations whilst dealing with severe water shortages caused by droughts-of-record.

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.

Matt Shanahan

Matt Shanahan

Principal

B.Tech. (Env.)

Matt has been working in the water/irrigation industry for the past 15 years, having spent the last 12 years with RMCG consulting to a range of private and government clients.  Matt has worked extensively in the field of recycled water and organics management, having prepared master plans, land capability assessments, irrigation management plans and environmental management plans for a range of clients.  He is also experienced in the development of works approval applications and undertaking technical assessments involving the management of soils, nutrients and salinity/sodicity.

Duncan Wallis

Duncan Wallis

Senior Consultant

BEng (Ag), MEng (Env), CPEng.

Duncan has 25 years’ experience in environmental engineering and water engineering. Over that time he has consulted widely in water, wastewater and recycled water planning projects in urban, rural and industrial settings.

Charles Thompson

Charles Thompson

Senior Fellow

B.Sci. (Ag.) (Hons), CPAg.

Charles has 20 years consulting experience and over 25 years’ experience in farm business and natural resource management. This includes water quality, salinity, irrigation, drainage, horticulture, community consultation and extension. His special fields of competence technical resource assessment; extension and advisory services to horticulture and agriculture; nutrients and water quality; and benchmarking horticultural enterprise management.

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.

Jess Saigar

Jess Saigar

Senior Consultant

B.Comm. M.Eco. (Distinct)

Jess is an economist and has a proven ability to apply economic and regulatory principles to maximise business outcomes. Jess applies her experience and expertise, as well as critical thinking in problem solving, to provide customer focussed solutions.

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.

Will Henderson

Will Henderson

Senior Consultant

B.A., Grad.Dip.Eco., M.Eco.

Will has a background in sociology and economics and has expertise in social research, and economic analysis. He has worked in a broad range of areas, including agriculture, regional economic development, tourism and insurance. Will believes it is important to understand the social context of economic problems, and specialises in combining data and anecdotal evidence to generate insights and help make decisions.

Suzanne Pollock

Suzanne Pollock

Consultant

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

Suzanne’s has had experience across a wide variety of projects, from loss assessment to town drainage studies and has experience in data collection, soil analysis, irrigation management, land capability studies, GIS mapping and groundwater analysis.

Nathan Scholes

Nathan Scholes

Senior Consultant

B.Eng. (Env.) (Hons)

Nathan is an environmental engineer with over ten years’ experience in soil and groundwater contamination, hydrogeological assessments, waste management and reuse. He has a strong understanding of the environmental compliance obligations associated with these fields. Nathan has project managed multiple projects including Groundwater Reviews/Assessments, Environmental Site Assessments, Risk Assessments, Environment Improvement Plans, Land Capability Assessments and Agricultural Waste Reuse Schemes.

Patrick Harton

Patrick Harton

Consultant

B.Env.Sci

Pat has practical knowledge of farming systems and irrigation practices with professional skills in environmental management including monitoring, auditing and reporting. Pat was previously employed as an Environmental Advisor – at various mining operations located across NSW and WA, where he gained valuable experience in regulatory compliance and environmental monitoring activities.

Daryl Poole

Daryl Poole

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons), CPAg., GAICD

Daryl has over 20 years of experience is in the areas of agribusiness and farm management, particularly the dairy industry.   He has a diploma in Human Resource Management (Dairy) and can assist farming businesses with their employment practices to ensure their workforce is both effective and compliant.  Daryl also has an in depth understanding of water policy and what it means at the farm level which allows him to assist irrigation businesses develop their water risk management strategies.   Daryl has both facilitator and strategic planning experience and can assist farming businesses and organisations to achieve their goals.

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).

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 Kristen Stirling

Dr Kristen Stirling

Senior Consultant

PhD., B.Ag.Sci.

Kristen is an experienced researcher and industry development specialist. She successfully combines project management skills and technical expertise to deliver projects in agriculture and water related industries. She enjoys working with landholders and large organizations to inform and clarify decision-making. Areas of expertise include strategic planning, stakeholder consultation and program evaluation.

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.

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.

Case Studies

Stringybark Catchment Water Quality Tender

RMCG has collaborated with Melbourne Water to implement the Stringybark Catchment Water Quality Tender from 2014 to 2015. The primary objective of the tender was to improve water quality by reducing d...

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Basin Plan – Impacts on irrigation communities in northern Victoria

RMCG completed a socio-economic study of the impact of the Basin Plan across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID). The study was commissioned by concerned agencies and stakeholders in the re...

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Connections Program Market Research

RMCG was engaged to undertake statistically sound research to determine the current level of satisfaction with customers that are yet to start, in the process and completed their on-farm works as part...

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Evaluating the impact of Water Use Efficiency Research and Development activities in Northern Victoria

RMCG evaluated the impact of the Departments Future Farming Systems Research (FFSR) division research and development (R&D) activities relating to water use efficiency (WUE) in the irrigated dairy...

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Land Capability and Market Viability of Irrigated Agriculture with Alternative Water in Melbourne’s West

Significant urban growth is expected on the western edge of Melbourne, with corresponding growth in recycled water and stormwater flows. RMCG was engaged by DELWP to identify suitable agricultural lan...

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Offsets study and scheme Kilmore Water Reclamation Facility

Goulburn Valley Water (GVW) provides water supply and sewerage services to the town of Kilmore. Sewage is currently treated at a lagoon-based wastewater management facility (WMF), with the recycled wa...

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Bacchus Marsh Integrated Water Management Plan

RMCG joined with KBR to assist Western Water with the development of the Bacchus Marsh Integrated Water Management Plan (IWMP). The IWMP sought to achieve cost effective EPA compliance of recycled wat...

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Domestic Wastewater Management Plan

RMCG was engaged by the Shire to prepare a domestic wastewater management plan (DWMP). RMCG reviewed and analysed current information and existing data, undertook stakeholder engagement to determin...

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East Grampians Rural Water Supply

RMCG has been engaged to complete an outline design and costing for extending the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline to a 1500km2 study area south of Ararat. The project will involve preparing a pre-feasibility ...

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Development of cost-allocation framework for Integrated Water Management Projects

RMCG developed a robust and replicable framework for establishing a clear set of principles for cost-allocation in Integrated Water Management situations with multiple policy and cost drivers, and as ...

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Upper Ovens WSPA Social Research

RMCG has been engaged to complete a social research review to understand the constraints and opinions on resource management felt by groundwater and surface water entitlement holders in the Upper Oven...

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