Water

Water

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

RMCG assists government, water corporations, catchment management authorities, industry, communities and farmers to plan and implement effective water management solutions in both urban and rural environments.

Our team of engineers, scientists and economists provide a broad range of expertise from strategic analysis and policy development to design of practical, on-ground solutions.

We provide advice on waterway management (rivers, estuaries and wetlands) and management of water for the environment; irrigation and drainage policy and design; water resource management, water trading and risk mitigation; recycled water and organic waste management; cost benefit analysis and business case development for investment; and water pricing and regulatory submissions.

Water Services

  • Irrigation design and management   View 

  • Water portfolio management   View 

  • Recycled water management   View 

  • Integrated water management

  • Domestic wastewater management

  • Groundwater analysis and management   View 

  • Water quality and salinity management

  • Waterway (estuary, wetland and river) management   View 

  • Water for the environment (planning and management)   View 

  • Stakeholder and community engagement   View 

  • Facilitation   View 

  • Evaluation   View 

  • Environmental risk assessment   View 

  • Cost benefit analysis and business case development   View 

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)   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.

Anna Kelliher

Anna Kelliher

Managing Principal

BA, BE (Hons), GAICD

Anna is an environmental engineer with 20 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.

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.

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.

George Warne

George Warne

Associate

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.

Duncan Wallis

Duncan Wallis

Associate

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

Duncan is a Chartered Engineer with 25 years’ experience in environmental, irrigation, agricultural, drinking water, domestic wastewater, sewerage, trade waste, recycled water and catchment management engineering in the public and private sectors.

He specialises in water related infrastructure planning and investigations and uses skills and tools such as GIS mapping, spatial data analysis and network analysis to develop practical solutions to complex problems and uses the ‘power’ of spatial data analysis to convey information effectively.

He can communicate technical concepts in non-technical forums and has experience consulting and working with farmers and landholders, government departments and wider community on route planning for pipelines and shared trails including rail trails. He has recently prepared successful EPA works approval applications for major food processing companies and expert witness statements in agricultural settings.

Duncan is currently involved in Australian Water and Wastewater’s mentor program and reviews articles for their Water Journal. He previously helped run the Institute of Engineers’ EngQuest regional program for students.

Greg Holland

Greg Holland

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci., B.A., M.Sci. (Hydrogeology)

Greg has thirty years’ experience in natural resource management.  Over this period he has held positions of Manager of Groundwater and Unregulated Systems with Goulburn-Murray Water and the Director of the Basin Salinity Management Strategy with the former Murray-Darling Basin Commission.

As a Canberra based consultant, Greg has worked on a range of groundwater resource, groundwater quality and irrigation related projects at the property, Catchment, Basin and National scale. This has included projects relating to monitoring and conceptualisation of water systems, and water resource assessment. His breadth of experience extends across both policy and technical fields, and hence his applicable to both the government and private sectors.

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.

Dr Anne-Maree Boland

Dr Anne-Maree Boland

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.

Astrid Ketelaar

Astrid Ketelaar

Associate

B. Land Man.

Astrid has been a natural resource management service provider since 1999, specialising in irrigation water resources and land use planning, and oversees all the services the Launceston team provides. Astrid has a background as a Technical Forester and over 25 years’ experience in land and water resources management.

Samantha Gadsby

Samantha Gadsby

Senior Consultant

BSc, M Env Man.

Samantha specialises in water resources and delivers services in natural values and development approvals. Samantha’s main work at the moment is delivering a dam safety audit project for Taswater.

Daryl Poole

Daryl Poole

Associate

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.

Hilary Hall

Hilary Hall

Senior Consultant

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

Hilary is an experienced consulting engineer with expertise in wastewater treatment and biosolids management. She has experience in wastewater treatment design, operation, contaminant investigations and recycled water use. Hilary’s biosolids expertise includes strategic planning, options assessment, beneficial agricultural use and unregulated contaminants. With a background in wastewater operations, Hilary has a strong emphasis on developing management plans which are practical, site-specific and easy to understand.

Carl Larsen

Carl Larsen

Associate

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

Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with over 10 years’ experience in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement. He understands the practical implications of policy and science on communities and agriculture. Carl has worked with a range of government departments, resource management agencies, research and development corporations, private organisations and communities around Australia on catchment management, sustainable water use, resource management in agriculture/horticulture, land use, climate change, strategic planning, industry development, extension and practice change.

Dr Kristen Stirling

Dr Kristen Stirling

Associate

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.

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.

Rebecca Schwarzman

Rebecca Schwarzman

Consultant

B.Sci. (Hons)

Bec is a skilled geographer and environmental scientist with a background in water, natural resource management and regional development.

She has made important contributions to catchment and water management, salinity, compost use in agriculture and bushfire planning and management at RMCG. She works on projects with a focus on strategic planning, program evaluation and social and environmental research, primarily for government agencies.

Bec has well developed project management skills and has a practical and resourceful style. She is a highly capable writer and problem solver.

 

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.

Emily Davies

Emily Davies

Consultant

B.Env.Sci., Dip.L&M

Emily holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Freshwater Biology and Management) and has a broad range of professional working experience in fisheries and biosecurity compliance, wildlife management, climate change adaptation and mitigation programs, environmental planning and community engagement. Emily has completed a Diploma of Leadership and Management and is interested in building innovation and continuous improvement into business and bringing creative thinking into problem solving.

 

Emily is a strategic and conceptual thinker. She is a confident problem solver and prides herself on testing the water with sound judgement and striving to find a better way to operate and deliver. Emily also displays service excellence in managing relationships.

Isabel Axiö

Isabel Axiö

Senior Consultant

B.Env.Mgt. (Sustainable Development)

Isabel has 6 years’ experience in the environmental management sector and her key areas of expertise are in sustainable management of recycled water and organic wastes. Waste is an important and longstanding interest of Isabel’s, especially organic waste avoidance, processing, whole production-line waste minimisation, as well as recycling and product stewardship projects. She wants to link this interest with interdisciplinary environmental projects in climate change mitigation, sustainable natural resource management and agricultural production systems.

Suzanne Pollock

Suzanne Pollock

Consultant

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

Suzanne 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.

Natasha Frazer

Natasha Frazer

Consultant

BSc (Chemical Systems)

Natasha has recently joined RMCG and has a degree and experience in Chemical Systems. She has an interest in the agri-food and environmental sectors and has theoretical and practical knowledge in process engineering, sustainability, agriculture and waste management.

Gemma Wakefield

Gemma Wakefield

Consultant

B.Eng. (Env)(Hons)

Gemma is an environmental engineer who is passionate about sustainable water management and environmental protection.

She has six years’ experience in the water sector with technical skills in water quality, water resources and groundwater. She has applied her broad range of skills to deliver several large and complex projects relating to the assessment and management of land, groundwater and surface water.

She has planned and delivered environmental assessment projects for a range of public and private clients. She has prepared reports including conceptual site models, drought response plans, technical discussion papers, as well as contributed to other corporate documents e.g. urban water strategy and annual reports.

Gemma has experience working with emerging contaminants, including the assessment and management of PFAS. Gemma has experience scoping, planning and reporting on environmental assessment works according to industry standards. She has working knowledge of environmental regulatory framework.

Gemma has undertaken modelling of water resources, including demand forecasting, drought testing and yield assessments. She has developed and implemented data management processes to improve efficiencies.

 

 

 

Jake Gaudion

Jake Gaudion

Consultant

B.Sc. (Ag.Sci), M.Ag.Sci. (Food Sustainability)

Jake is a driven Master of Agriculture Science graduate passionate about the interaction between agriculture, the environment and communities across the world. He is eager to utilise his agricultural, scientific, social and natural resource management knowledge to contribute to a more sustainable future.

Jake developed a strong passion for agriculture during his studies, particularly the environmental aspects of food production. He has a comprehensive understanding of the importance of improving efficiency of food production to improve overall sustainability

Case Studies

Support to develop Regional Catchment Strategies

16 SEP 2020

Regional Catchment Strategies in Victoria are renewed every six years and aim to deliver a whole-of-system approach for land, water and biodiversity planning and delivery for the state's regional catc...

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Waste and resource management support for local governments

17 AUG 2020

The development of effective waste and resource management strategies is a key priority for many organisations, particularly local governments. RMCG's team of environmental consultants have strong ...

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Profitable Integration of Cropping and Livestock

19 FEB 2019

As a national project partner, RMCG was engaged by Rural Directions to collect and analyse benchmarking datasets for mixed farming businesses across Southern and Northern Victoria. Working with 20 pro...

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