2016 Judging Panel 

Individual Waterway Stewardship Awards

Mark Pascoe, Chief Executive Officer at International WaterCentre

Profile coming soon.


Professor Jurg Keller, Chief Research Officer of CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
                                                   Director of the Advanced Water Management Centre at University of Queensland

Prof Jurg Keller is Chief Research Officer of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and Deputy Director of the Advanced Water Management Centre at the University of Queensland. He is one of the inaugural IWA Fellows and in 2012 was elected as Fellow in the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Prof Keller is also the 2013 Water Professional of the Year, awarded by the Australian Water Association.

Prof Keller has over 23 years of experience in water industry research, particularly in biological wastewater treatment, environmental biotechnology, microbial fuel cells and resource recovery concepts. He aims to combine leading edge research and development activities with effective industry-relevant collaborations.


School and Education Stewardship Awards


Cameron Mackenzie, Vice President of Australian Association for Environmental Education 
                                                   Principal of Amaroo Environmental Education Centre

Cam is currently the President of the Darling Downs Environment Council Inc. and Principal of Amaroo Environmental Education Centre. He has over 30 years of experience in a range of teaching and Principal roles while also serving on a number of committees including:

- President of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld - Townsville Branch

- President of the Queensland Gould League for Environmental Education

- President of the North West Brisbane Branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland.

- Vice President of the Australian Association for Environmental Education.

In 2011 Cam was awarded the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training Australian Day Medal. Also in the same year, he was awarded the Environmental Educator of the Year by the AAEE. Cam is also a member of the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development Education Caucus.

In addition to the Healthy Waterways Awards, Cam is a judge for the Queensland Premiers Sustainability Awards and the National Banksia Awards for environmental leadership.


Associate Professor Helen Stratton, Executive Manager at Smart Water Research Centre

Helen Stratton is currently the Executive Manager of the Smart Water research facility on the Griffith University Gold Coast Campus. 

Helen completed a PhD in Microbiology at LaTrobe University, Victoria in 1997 and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) in Medical Laboratory Science in 1991.  She has spent the past 18 years at Griffith University as a research fellow and lecturer in microbiology. She has over 20 years experience in wastewater and water research acquiring an understanding of technical, microbiological, social and economic issues that the industry faces.

Helen has published over 80 articles in wastewater and water microbiology journals, industry reports and conference papers.  She has been actively involved with the Australian Water Association Queensland Branch committee since 1998.  She was the Queensland AWA Branch president from 2004 to 2006 and is currently a director of the Australian Water Association (2001-2003 and 2008-2015). 


Mandy Botterell, Principal Consultant at EnviroCom Australia

Mandy Botterell is currently Principal Consultant for EnviroCom Australia.

Mandy has been with EnviroCom since 2009 and has been working in the field of environmental education for over 20 years. During this time she has been responsible for the design, development, coordination, delivery and evaluation of numerous and varied school and community engagement and training programs and resources, particularly in the field of sustainability. During her environmental education career Mandy has worked for local government, non-government organisations, and private enterprise. Mandy’s passion lies in the development and application of capacity building programs, processes and partnerships that facilitate and sustain positive practice, behaviour and culture change.


Noel Ainsworth, Principal Supply Chain Horticulturist at Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries 

Noel’s career has involved a number of management, extension, research, and consulting roles across natural resource management, environment and agriculture. Through these roles he has built extensive experience and networks in a range of rural industries. To back this experience, Noel has had formal training in the social sciences, management and plant physiology. In addition, he has maintained a lifelong commitment to sport and music, as well as being a proud husband and father of two beautiful children.


Community Stewardship Awards


Melva Hobson, Public Fund Committee Director at Healthy Waterways 

Profile coming soon. 


Sue Sargent, Conservation Partnerships Manager & Acting Carbon Farming Coorindator at Burnett Mary Regional Group 

Profile coming soon. 


Shaun Leinster, Director at Design Flow

Shaun is an Environmental Engineer and Designer with extensive expertise in the fields of urban stormwater management, water sensitive urban design, integrated water cycle management, river and stream hydrology and water resource management. He has particular skills in the design of innovative water sensitive urban design elements, sustainable water management solutions and stormwater management systems through co-ordination of collaborative relationships with urban designers, landscape architects and engineers.

Shaun has been an active contributor to the water and stormwater industry through the creation of numerous design guidelines and the provision of ongoing training through the Healthy Waterways Water By Design Program.


Industry and Government Stewardship Awards


Fiona Chandler, Director at CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

Fiona is the Executive Director for Communications and Adoption with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC). 

Fiona also holds a Program Manager position with the International WaterCentre, based in Brisbane, where she has previously managed the Training and Capacity Building and Knowledge Services Portfolios. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at The University of Queensland and hold a Masters degree in Natural Resource Management.

Prior to joining the International WaterCentre and the CRCWSC she was the Executive Officer and Team Leader for the Water Cycle Policy and Stakeholder Management Team with the Water Resources Branch, Brisbane City Council.

Fiona’s passion for sustainable urban water management and capacity building was strengthened while authoring the Urban Diffuse Pollution Chapter of the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Strategy and establishing Queensland’s first Water Sensitive Urban Design capacity building program “Water by Design: Creating Water Sensitive Communities in South East Queensland”.

Fiona has worked in the fields of urban water policy, planning and management; water sensitive urban design and water sensitive cities; river basin management; natural systems and water resources management; and capacity building and engagement for 20 years and has worked with a large number of countries to build their technical and organisational capacity to achieve integrated water management outcomes.

In 2014, Fiona received the Australian Water Association Queensland Branch’s Water Professional of the Year Award.


Dr Eva Abal, Chief Scientific Officer at Great Barrier Reef Foundation

For ten years, Eva directed the Science and Innovation Program and Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program activities of Healthy Waterways. Eva   currently works as Director of the recently-established University of Queensland Water Initiative. Eva also works as the part-time Chief Scientific Officer of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) and as a part-time Chief Scientist of the International Water Centre.

In addition, Eva contributes to a number of Science Expert Panels, such as the Science Advisory Panel for the Fitzroy Basin Association, the Expert Panel for Environmental Accounting for the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and the Great Barrier Reef Plan Independent Science Panel. Eva also provides advice to the Swan River Trust in developing the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for their River Protection Strategy.


Professor Bronwyn Harch, Deputy Director of Research at Insititute for Future Environments

Professor Harch has a dual role at the Queensland University of Technology which includes being Assistant Dean in Research for the Science and Engineering Faculty and IFE Deputy Director of Research for the faculty’s Institute of Future Environments. Her role as Assistant Dean in Research focuses on research and development excellence for disciplinary science across Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This area focuses on research quality. As IFE Deputy Director of Research in the Institute, Prof Harch develops research for industry and government through Demonstration, Deployment and Dissemination. In this role her focus is on developing impact pathways for the university’s research via collaboration and action learning with stakeholders.

Previously, Prof Harch was Chief of the CSIRO division of Computational Informatics and Deputy Director of CSIRO’s Sustainable Agriculture Flagship. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE). Dr Harch’s personal research has focused on statistical design of landscape-scale sampling protocols and monitoring programs, as well as the statistical modelling of complex systems. This has seen her develop multi-disciplinary research, engagement and commercialisation strategies with state and federal government and their agencies, Australian and global multi-national companies and partnerships with research organisations.


Grand Awards


Barry Ball, Executive Director (Stakeholder Engagement) at CRC for Water Sensitive Cities 

Barry is currently the Executive Director, Stakeholder Engagement at the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.

Barry was previously the Director for Strategy and Policy at the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland, and Manager for Water Policy at the International WaterCentre. Barry has worked in both State and Local Government in his 40 year career, predominately in the water sector. His most recent role in Brisbane City Council was as the Director of Strategic Planning.

Barry was a member of the Urban Water Advisory Committee for the National Water Commission and has held Board positions on the CRC Water Sensitive Cities, Queensland Urban Utilities, International RiverFoundation, the CRC Catchment Hydrology and CRC Coastal Zone. In 2010 Barry was awarded an Australian Public Service Medal for his achievements in water policy.


Barry Ball joins the following judges from the above categories to make up the judging panel for the Grand Awards: 

  • Cameron Mackenzie, Vice President of Australian Association for Environmental Education and Principal of Amaroo Environmental Education Centre
  • Mark Pascoe, Chief Executive Officer at International WaterCentre
  • Fiona Chandler, Director at CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
  • Melva Hobson, Public Fund Committee Director at Healthy Waterways