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Alliance Environmental Forum 2019


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Alliance Environmental Forum 2019

  • Orange Botanic Gardens 1 Yellow Box Way Orange, NSW, 2800 Australia (map)
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The Alliance Environmental Forum 2019 is an opportunity to hear from a range of experts from across various environmental disciplines. At the Alliance, we believe in staying at the front of best current management practices, and pride ourselves on being able to provide great presenters for the benefit of our members.

For our October forum, we have pulled together such an amazing group of presenters that we felt that it would be selfish to keep them all to ourselves, so we're opening this forum up to the community. We hope that you can join us.

This event is for anyone that wants to hear from experts in their respective environmental disciplines. We hope that you can join us for the presentations, question time opportunities, afternoon tea, and networking opportunity.

** Please note that this event is FREE for current financial Alliance Member Councils **

For all other groups, individuals and agencies, tickets are available for $15.00

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David Knights

David is an environmental engineer with more than 16 years experience in sustainable water management, waterway restoration and green infrastructure. He has developed Water Sensitive Urban Design strategies and green infrastructure designs for various clients throughout Australia and internationally. He has been involved in all levels of Green Infrastructure Design from strategic planning and conceptual design to construction.

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Emily Cotterill


Emily is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) with extensive experience in environmental project management, including undertaking impact assessments, provision of environmental management services, and preparation of comprehensive environmental approval documents and management plans for both the public and private sectors across southern Australia.

Her experience includes working with a variety of threatened flora and fauna species and survey techniques; establishing baseline data and ongoing monitoring programs for Endangered Ecological Communities; undertaking pre-development environmental impact assessments and preparation of comprehensive environmental management plans; undertaking extensive community, agency and stakeholder consultation; and providing environmental planning and compliance guidance on multi-million-dollar water infrastructure projects.

Emily’s experience with the various Commonwealth, State and Local Government agencies, and the relevant Acts of legislation they enforce, is extensive having worked closely with and for these agencies since 2009.

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Lucy Farrow

Lucy is a PhD candidate working in the Avian Behaviour and Ecology Laboratory at the University of New England. She has researched the evolution of complex communication and cooperative systems in Australian avian species for the past five years, with a particular focus on the endemic Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala). Lucy’s current project focuses on understanding the cognitive complexity of the noisy miner, the ability of the species to adapt to anthropomorphic and environmental changes and how this success may be facilitated by the morphology of the brain. Outside of her research career, Lucy has partaken in internships with National Geographic (Cape Town - South Africa) to gain experience in documentaries and wildlife sanctuaries.

Further, she has written for various science-communication media sources, including Lateral Magazine, and is a passionate member of the birding community.


Richard Giles & Joe Zakhar

Enviropacific are introducing their broad range of solutions to assist with the mitigation and control of a wide range of environmental contamination, such as PFAS impacted soil and waterways.

Founded in 2001, Enviropacific is an Australian owned contractor with a national network of more than 280 personnel. Our Sydney & Newcastle team of professionals allows us to provide a tailored local service to the Region whilst having the ability to utilise our national knowledge pool of industry experts.

As an industry leading contractor, we provide innovative, safe and smart solutions for every project. It is through strict adherence to legislation that ensures our projects are delivered risk free.

Enviropacific is fully committed to be a resource, a trusted advisor and service contractor to the Region. We have a team of former consultants and highly trained engineers with many years of experience in developing cost effective environmentally sustainable solutions.


Cara Parsons

Cara Parsons has recently completed her Honours research in ecology / wildlife biology at Griffith University in Brisbane, and consults as a wildlife ecologist. Cara is passionate about wildlife conservation, finding solutions for declining wildlife habitat and populations, and the ecological interactions between mammals and their chosen habitats.

For my Honours research I investigated carved hollow occupancy patterns, as well as running a temperature comparison experiment between carved hollows and plywood nest boxes. I will be presenting these promising results, showing the great value carved hollows have for providing habitat for a wide range of fauna, as well as offering a better insulated cavity than plywood nest boxes.

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