Healthy Land and Water is the new era of land and waterways management. Officially launched in 2017, Healthy Land and Water (HLW) is the combination of SEQ Catchments and Healthy Waterways. Combining both of these not-for-profit entities has produced a powerhouse of knowledge and over a decade of experience and scientific rigour in the South-East Queensland region to protect waterways and manage natural land. In 2016 members of SEQ Catchments and Healthy Waterways voted to combine both organisations on 28 June 2016.
The Healthy Land and Water Board of Directors has primary responsibility for the strategic, risk and financial governance. The Board sets the strategic direction for the organisation and ensures it achieves and acts in accordance with the objects set out in the Healthy Land and Water Constitution.
Stephen Robertson (Chairman)
Stephen is a former Queensland State Government Minister who has held portfolio responsibilities for Energy, Water, National Resources, Mines, Trade, Health and Emergency Services during his 13 years of ministerial service. Stephen retains a very strong commitment to environmental sustainability and community engagement based on sound scientific principles. A continuing interest in population health issues is an important part of Stephen’s vision for a healthier and more sustainable future for Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Since his retirement from politics he has been a non-executive Director of Green Australia – Queensland and the West Moreton Oxley Medicare Local among other roles.
Victor Attwood is the former Deputy Mayor of Ipswich City Council, a position he held for more than 10 years. He has 15 years experience in local government, and is a Board Member of West Moreton Oxley Medicare Local and the Ipswich Mayor's Community Trust. He has been the President of West Moreton Migrant Resource service for over 20 years and is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Attwood is a committed environmental advocate to all levels of government and the community at large. Victor passionately believes in actively improving the health of local waterways through increased community knowledge, participation in revegetation and prevention of harmful run-off into waterways.
Dale is a civil engineer with over 35 years experience working with listed companies in the private sector on complex projects in water, waste, remediation, power, telecoms, defence, health, toll roads and mining services to Government, private sector and industrial clients alike. Mr Smart has experience in Executive Directorships of companies in the Middle East and the Defence sector and currently works for Unitywater in the role of Manager Regional Solutions.
In a voluntary capacity, Dale has been a member of the Australian Water Association for more than 30 years, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, was a member of the Riversymposium Strategic Planning Committee for over 10 years, a non-Executive Director of the Waste Management Association, Environment Business Australia, International River Foundation, Enviro Conference and a current ambassador for WaterAid Queensland.
Mayor Karen Williams
Cr Karen Williams was elected Mayor of Redland City Council in April 2012. She was first elected as Divisional Councillor for Division 9 Capalaba in 2004. Karen is dedicated to making sure the Redland City is recognised as the jewel in the crown of South East Queensland and that the City achieves its potential as a place for economic development and job creation. Karen prides herself for her strong, caring and inclusive community focus, for being hard working and getting the job done. She has been the driving force in changing her Council’s culture to one where residents and their needs come first. Her back to basics approach has seen more efficiencies and savings achieved and service delivery significantly improved. She is a passionate advocate for her City, its residents and its potential. Karen is proud to have sent a clear message that Redland City is now open for business and investment.
Margie was a former Board member of SEQ Catchments, being elected in 2009. She is the current Chair of the SEQ Catchments Member’s Association where she has represented leading agricultural consultancy and educator Resource Consulting Services in the Rural Sector, and previously Growcom, the peak state body for the fruit and vegetable industry. Now joining the newly merged body Healthy Land and Water, Margie seeks to highlight and
build on the work of aligned groups and industries in working towards a healthy environment for present and future generations. Margie has a strong link to her agricultural roots and continues to work in the sector.
Margie is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Master Degree in Environmental Management. Margie is a keen participant and member of a number of community and industry organisations including the Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (N4C) and Brisbane Catchments Network, the Rural Press Club, the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) and the Queensland Bushfood Association. Margie has previously gained recognition for her work in the vegetable industry and as a volunteer with the State Emergency Services.
Cameron is an environmental scientist with extensive experience in the water sector and a passion for biodiversity conservation and protecting the valuable ecosystems across South East Queensland.
As the lead Environmental Strategist for Queensland Urban Utilities, Cameron provides advice on water, environment and natural resource management policy. Cameron has been instrumental in the development and implementation of innovative green infrastructure solutions for the water utility sector in Queensland and is excited to continue work in this growing market.
Partha Susarla has more than 28 years’ experience in catchment management, water services management, water infrastructure planning and delivery to improve environmental values associated with receiving waters in India, New Zealand and Australia. Partha has called South East Queensland, home for the last 10 years while working as Strategic Planning Manager at Unitywater. More recently, Partha has been involved in assessing the water catchments in Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa Regions, with a focus on reducing pollution in the receiving waters to drive environmental benefits.
Partha is a qualified professional civil environmental engineer with a management degree, and has strong financial management experience. Currently, Partha is a board member of SEQCMA and a QLD state committee member for AWA. He is also actively involved with working committees of DEHP, COMSEQ, and WSAA.
Chief Executive Officer, Julie McLellan
Julie has over 25 years of experience in senior positions within the water industry and an extensive and diverse background in water management. She has a passion for continuing to evolve the water industry through productive partnerships and believes ongoing investment and action are crucial to support the environment, economy and essentially our way of life.
Julie’s demonstrated leadership and communication skills have seen her re-shape and further strengthen Healthy Land and Water’s governance structure and partnerships. Her strategic initiative, stakeholder relations and foresight across the water cycle enhance Healthy Land and Water’s unique ability to unite key stakeholders on environmental issues and required actions.
Julie’s expertise in strategic planning and partnerships is evident through her involvement in the development and delivery of several local and state government water strategies, NRM Plans, and more currently, leading Healthy Land and Water’s involvement in the Council of Mayor’s Resilient Rivers Initiative.
Julie’s expertise expands across the areas of flood management, waterway health, stormwater management, water and sewerage infrastructure, capacity building and strategic leadership.
Through her experience delivering innovative total water cycle solutions for sustainable water supply, Julie understands the value and intrinsic links between our natural assets and the level of social and economic benefits they provide to local communities. It is this insight that helps drive Healthy Land and Water’s holistic, inclusive and whole-of-catchment approach to waterway management.
Education and Qualifications
- Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Harvard Business School – Harvard Club of Australian Non-profit Leadership Program 2015
- Associate Degree of Applied Science (Chemistry), Queensland University of Technology, With Distinction
- Certificate IV in Training and Development, Certificate III in Assessment, South Bank Institute of TAFE
- Diploma – Electrolytic finishing, Sydney Technical College
- Mt Eliza Business School, Executive Leadership Development, Melbourne 2011
Current Board & Committee Membership
- Managing Director, Waterways Plus Pty Ltd
- Container Deposit Scheme Advisory Committee
- Coastal Adaption Steering Committee
- CRC Water Sensitive Cities
- Brisbane River Working Group
- Resilient Rivers Strategy Working Group
- QUT CEO Forum, Science and Engineering Faculty
- Women on Boards
Chief Financial Officer, Faye Lee
Faye Lee has over 20 years of experience in senior financial positions at both not-for-profit and commercial organisations. Previous roles include Financial Controller at C&K, Finance Manager at Queensland Teachers Union Health and Financial Controller at Del Monte Fresh (NZ). She is an innovative and outcomes driven leader with a focus on service and delivery for Healthy Land and Water’s members and stakeholders.
Faye is an expert in finance and accounting issues, including financial regulation, accounting, and capital structure. Faye engages heavily in business operations, bringing strong industry and competitive insights that identify opportunities for growth and provide additional value to our members and stakeholders. Her strong finance function knowledge across a broad spectrum of activities ensures effective compliance and standardisation of processes.
- Harvard Business School – Harvard Club of Australian non-profit Leadership Program 2015
- Master of Business Administration, Business/Commerce; Australian Institute of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Commerce: Accounting, Finance and Commercial law – University of Auckland
- Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants
- New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants
- Australian Institute of Management
Chief Operating Officer, Adrian Zammit
Adrian has a BSc. Agriculture (Honours) and PhD (Agriculture). He also has an MBA and is a Certified Project Manager. Adrian is well versed in best-practice workplace health and safety procedures in high-risk environments. His well-honed business skills and project management expertise has made him responsible for winning major projects and building business.
Adrian recently worked as a General Manager at Pacific Environment where he led and managed an environmental consultancy and technology company, employing approximately 100 multi-disciplinary scientists and engineers across Australia. Before this, Adrian was the Surface Water Team Leader and Principal Surface Water Scientist at URS in Brisbane. Adrian has led field teams in remote areas, assessing catchment and waterway health and undertaking water monitoring programs. He has also been an expert witness in the Environment and Land Court.
Education and Qualifications
- BSc. Agriculture (University of Sydney)
- PhD Agriculture (University of Sydney)
- MBA (Strategic General Management) Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands
- Project Management Certification, URS
- Australian Water Association
- Australian Institute of Company Directors
General Manager Services, Paul McDonald
Paul’s role is to create new business opportunities and partnerships, contribute to NRM policy and planning, and promote innovation in the NRM space.
For more than 30 years Paul has worked with people from all walks of life – farmers, environmentalists, scientists, professionals, politicians and bureaucrats – to help care for our natural assets and the communities which rely on them.
Paul was a senior manager in the Queensland Government for 24 years, where he honed expertise in statutory and NRM planning and policy. He is a Licensed Surveyor, has post graduate qualifications in information systems and business, and has trained with innovative leaders including Malcolm Davies, Meg Wheatley and Myron Kelner-Rogers.
Away from work, Paul is a life member of his local soccer club thanks to his two now grown up boys, a keen wilderness walker and rugby fanatic, and hopes the Brisbane Lions will one day be finals contenders.
Education and Qualifications
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying)
- Master of Information Systems
- Licensed Surveyor (Qld)
General Manager Marketing and Sponsorship, Jaimie Robertson
Jaimie is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the marketing and communication of the Healthy Land and Water's brand and service offerings, in addition to developing the fundraising strategy and stakeholder development for the organisation.
Jaimie is passionate about maximising the value of brands and has extensive experience in working with some of the most high profile brands in the country, including Golden Casket Lotteries, Treasury Casino, Suncorp Stadium, The Gabba, Vodafone, QPAC and QAGOMA.
The focus of Jaimie's role in 2017/2018 will be to ensure the successful roll-out of the Healthy Land and Water brand as well as improve the value provided to sponsors and supporters of the organisation through developing a stakeholder engagement framework and strategy.
Education and Qualifications
- Bachelor of Business - Communications (Marketing and Advertising Majors): Queensland University of Technology
- Australian Association of National Advertisers:
- Measuring Campaign Effectiveness
- Evaluating Media Strategy
- Australian Graduate School of Management - Managing Brands and Brand Equity
- Australian Institute of Management - Advanced Negotiation Techniques
- Mr Mike Grundy - CSIRO
- Professor Kerrie Wilson - University of Queensland
- Dr Christine Williams - Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
- Dr Adrian Volders - Sustainability Queensland
- Dr Anne Roiko - Griffith University
- Dr Eva Abal - Great Barrier Reef Foundation
- Professor Jon Olley - Griffith University
- Professor Rod Connolly - Griffith University
- Professor Tim Smith - University of the Sunshine Coast
- Mr Tony McAlister - Water Technology Pty Ltd
- Professor Stuart Bunn - Griffith University
Human Health SEP
- Mr Cameron Veal - Seqwater
- Mr Andrew Cook - Queensland Health
- Dr Anne Roiko - Griffith University
- Dr David Cunliffe - Department of Health
- Dr James Smith - Consultant
- Mr Bruce Taylor - CSIRO Land and Water
- Professor Helen Ross - University of Queensland
- Ms Jeanette Durante - Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
- Dr Kelly Fielding - University of Queensland
- Professor Tim Smith - University of Sunshine Coast
- Dr Jim Smart - Griffith University
- Mr Jim Binney - Mainstream Economics
- Dr Christopher Fleming - Griffith University
- Dr Adrian Volders - Sustainability Queensland
Modelling Review SEP
- Dr Badin Gibbes - University of Queensland
- Dr Ian Ramsay - Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
- Mr David Waters - Department of Environment and Resource Management
Beginning in 2009, Healthy Waterways was a not-for-profit organisation working with government, industry and the community to protect and improve South East Queensland’s waterways by:
- Providing best-practice scientific advice to inform waterway investment, and facilitate regional scientific projects for the benefit of South East Queensland’s waterways.
- Creating suite of decision-support tools to identify the most targeted, cost effective management actions to address waterway issues.
- Monitoring and reporting on the condition of our waterways and provided capacity-building for water professionals and community groups.
- Supporting reforms to policy and planning.
- Developing education programs to inspire and motivate the community to value and protect our waterways.
In 2005, The South East Queensland Council of Mayors created the SEQ Catchments Members Association to collaborate and involve the community in managing natural resources and together they formed SEQ Catchments with the purpose of:
- Securing funding from government and business for projects to improve grazing, reduce erosion, repair waterways, manage pests and weeds, restore degraded habitats and look after our coastal areas
- Partnering with the community, businesses and governments
- Providing advice, training, support, services and workshops for the community
- Developing the SEQ NRM Plan
- Working with governments at all levels to align policy and planning with the objectives of the SEQ NRM Plan.
- Developing a closer relationship with traditional owners in SEQ areas.
- Responding to urgent community needs, such as the 2011 and 2013 South-East Queensland floods as well as the 2009 Moreton Bay oil spill disaster.
Healthy Land and Water is an exciting organisation. Our team is made up of visionary people looking to embrace challenges and discover solutions to protect your world. Our culture is vibrant and innovative and if you are looking for a career to challenge you, we encourage you to apply to vacancies when they appear on this page.
There are currently no positions available at Healthy Land and Water.
We currently do not have any internships positions available, however if you are interested in an internship and would like to be considered for future projects, please submit your details and we will contact you if any suitable positions are available.
Past interns have participated in projects such as:
- Monitoring and reporting on stewardship and social benefits derived from waterways
- Economic evaluation of waterways
- Optimised environmental monitoring using new technologies and methods
- Analysing and interpreting trends in waterway data
- Clarifying links between social, economic and environmental aspects of waterways and waterway management
- Defining and rating management practice in construction site, stormwater, point source, riparian and in-stream, land and community and tourism management
- Clean up programs and behaviour change.