Waterways management - our presenters
Dr Joanne Lenehan
Jo Lenehan works in environmental water management (Lachlan River Valley) for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and lives on small acreage near Wyangala Dam. Jo completed her Honours in animal behaviour science (the use of synthetic dog urine to deter wallaby browsing on revegetation sites) in 2005 and a PhD in feral horse ecology and management in temperate sub-tropical woodland in 2010.
Jo has always been involved in applied ecology research before more recently moving into project management roles with Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS) and now water management with OEH. A highlight of the LLS role was project manager for Booroolong Frog Saving our Species (SoS) project – which provided further insights into upland/montane ecology while also working mostly with inland rivers and creeks across the Western slopes and plains.
Working with a dedicated team of scientists, Jo both assists with the collection and then uses monitoring data in real-time to inform operational decisions when delivering water for environmental outcomes, such as fish movement and breeding, colonial waterbird breeding, and improved vegetation condition and extent.
Recent achievements include being a member of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (CEWO) Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project (vegetation and community engagement), OEH’s Annual Spring Waterbird Diversity and Abundance surveys, and Lake Brewster Pelican Banding Project – which is one example of some of the Citizen Science and National Science Week projects Jo has also been involved in.
Luke Pearce is currently employed as a Fisheries Manager for the Greater Murray region with the Aquatic Ecosystems Unit within NSW DPI Fisheries based at Albury. He has been employed by DPI Fisheries since 2005 and in his current or similar roles since 2006. Luke has been employed in various natural resource management roles since 1999.
Graduating with a bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Canberra in 1999, Luke has recently completed a research Masters in the Conservation Management of Southern Pygmy Perch in NSW, in the context of climatic extremes and alien species.
Luke is married with three young boys aged 8,5 and 3 years old. He grew up on a family farm in the Tumut region and has a love for the outdoors, mountain biking, fishing and particularly hiking and fishing in remote areas. Luke has a deep passion for our threatened native fish and their recovery, particularly the smaller species of less notoriety.
Terry Steele is one of only four Fisheries Conservation Officers working in NSW with the Department of Primary Industries. He is the only Fisheries Conservation Officer based in inland NSW, and he works within the broader Fisheries compliance team, authorised under the NSW Fisheries Management Act. Terry is also authorised under State fisheries legislation in Queensland and Victoria to deal with cross border incidents.
Terry joined Fisheries NSW in 2010 after a varied career in the wool industry, farming and auction sales management, and a life time as a keen fisherman. His first Fisheries role was as a compliance officer based in Inverell in the New England District. He relocated to Dubbo and the Macquarie District in 2012, and in 2014 Terry took on a specialist role in Fisheries conservation based in Bathurst involving investigating cases through inland NSW.
Terry's key role is to protect fish habitat and investigate breaches of the Fisheries Management Act, such as dredging, reclamation and blockage of fish passage in streams and rivers. Terry is passionate about our waterways and through his role as a Fisheries Conservation Officer he is striving to protect our native fish and the riparian environment for future generations.
Based in central west NSW, Sam has worked for Fisheries in aquatic habitat protection and rehabilitation for the past 17 years. Some career highlights include the completion of the Brewarrina Fishway and management of the lower Macquarie River connection flow in 2016, which facilitated the migration of fish from the Barwon River into the Macquarie system. What she enjoys most about her work is collaborating with a range of partners and using good science to underpin management. When she is not planning and directing habitat improvement projects across the state and designing environmental flows for fish, she can usually be found on a river, in a boat, with a dog, catching (and releasing) native fish.