Mission Statement

To provide high quality, locally relevant resources to clients in natural resource planning, on ground works programs and environmental monitoring.

Key Staff

Hetti Malone

Natural Area Manager

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Hetti has been working in the vegetation restoration industry for around 10 years and was appointed as Natural Areas Manager  in 2011.  She has a background in Bush Regeneration and Natural Area works with a strong contracting background for local government focusing on bush land management.  Involved in the management of one of the world’s largest vegetation translocation projects, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Hetti has considerable project management experience.  She is currently responsible for revegetation and land management project development and implementation and landowner support with revegetation grants.  Hetti enjoys the networking opportunities her position provides and working with clients to expand and enhance existing projects

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Wilderness Reserves and Wildlife Management
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • Certificate IV Project Management

Jacqui Smythe

Environmental Projects Manager

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Jacqui is our Environmental Projects Officer. Her role consists of coordinating a number of projects aiming to improve the health and biodiversity of the Maroochy Catchment and SEQ.   These projects include:  Ambient Water Quality monitoring,  Salvinia molesta (aquatic weed) biological control,  Mangrove monitoring and school ecological workshops.  Jacqui comes to us from Tasmania.  She has an environmental consulting background and has been involved in a variety of national and international projects.  Recently, Jacqui has managed an Aquatic Environment Program with Hydro Tasmania.  This program is a multi million dollar water quality monitoring program, which includes; flora and fauna surveys, hydrology and geomorphology assessments and water health monitoring and mitigation projects.  She also has extensive experience in tender management, project management and team leadership.  She has an Environmental Science Degree, specialising in Aquatic Ecology.  In her spare time, Jacqui enjoys spending time with her young family, cooking, bike riding and travelling.

Jacqui’s qualifications include:

  • Master of Environmental Science (underway)
  • Bachelor of Environmental  Science (Land and Water)
  • Diploma Project Management

Janine Bedros

Environmental Consultant

Janine Bedros

Janine has over four years experience in the Environmental Science discipline. She has practical experience in monitoring and compliance, resource efficiency, waste management and water quality. She is a proficient user of Geographical Information Systems.

Janine has all round experience in monitoring, results analysis, and recommendation and implementation of on ground solutions. She has applied her highly developed conceptual and analytical skills to interpret and present technical information for industry funded trials and monitoring reviews of intensive agricultural worksites.

Janine played a key role in diagnosing and treating potential threats to water quality for Australia’s largest pork producer, including blue-green algae. She has managed an ISO14001 Environmental Management System and is also a trained Internal Auditor.

Recently, Janine has begun to pursue her interests in conservation and natural resource management and is developing new skills in stormwater monitoring, vegetation works, wildlife surveys and community engagement.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Cert IV Occupations Health and Safety

Zaf Sarac

Environmental Consultant

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Zaf has over 23 years’ experience in planning and management of projects related to protection and restoration of aquatic habitats, including riparian zones and fish migration in a variety of settings such as agricultural farms, large dams, mining sites, housing developments and significant pipeline constructions.

He has worked for Queensland Fisheries within the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry where his role was to oversee and implement the fisheries development approval process, when illegal or accidental aquatic habitat disturbance occurred.  In addition to the habitat restoration, he was involved in the restoration of fish passages through the removal of barriers or construction of fish ways in Queensland.

Zaf also carried the role of the Queensland representative on the Murray Darling Basin Native Fish Strategy Advisory Panel. During that time he oversaw the development and implementation of the native fish strategy projects including the Demonstration Reach activities in the Murray Darling Basin in Queensland. 

Qualifications include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Aquaculture
  • Masterof Science in Freshwater
  • Master of Science in Marine Resources
  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
  • Certificate in Rural Extension

Mike Hannon

Business Administrator

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Mike until recently was a resident of Tasmania and after taking early retirement travelled around Australia for 14 months in a caravan with his wife and dog. Having spent considerable time on the Sunshine Coast over the years he decided that this was the best place in Australia to live and sold up in Tassie and purchased a town house in Twin Waters.

Mike soon realised that he had taken retirement too early and still had a lot to offer the working world. After seeing the ad for the Business Administrator he applied for the position, and after being interview by the CEO was offered the newly created position. The offer to work for a leading environmental organisation was enthusiastically accepted.

Having been a General Manager of an Australian Disability Enterprise and the Business Manager of a large rural aged care and emergency centre facility, Mike has highly developed administration and business skills in not for profit organisations. He has also worked in marketing and sales and holds a Diploma of Administration and Diploma of Marketing. Mike has also been the Secretary/Treasurer of 3 not for profit Tasmanian organisations over the last 12 years.

Natural areas field supervisors and crew:

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Allissa George

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Jessica Hale