Our Organisation

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.

Board of Directors

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

Victor Attwood is the former Deputy Mayor of Ipswich City Council, a position her held for more than 10 years. He has 15 years of experience in Local Government, and is a Board Member of West Moreton Oxley Medicare Local, SEQ Catchments 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. Cr 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. 

Anne Jones

Anne has extensive experience in all areas of media and the arts. She is currently chair of ToadShow Pty Ltd, a creative company designing high quality, effective communications. Anne is a member of numerous community groups including Save Our Waterways Now, Birds Queensland and the Brisbane Rainforest Action and Information Network. Anne is also an ambassador for the Queensland Museum.





Dale Smart

Dale is a Civil Engineer with over 35 years of experience working with listed companies in the private sector on complex projects in water, waste, remediation, power, telecoms, defence, health, toll roads, FM and mining services to Government, private sector and industrial clients alike including prior Executive Directorships of companies in the Middle East and the Defence sector. He 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.


‚ÄčMayor 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 Milgate

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.

Healthy Waterways 

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. 

SEQ Catchments 

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. 


Positions Vacant

Communications Officer

The Communications Officer for Healthy Land and Water has primary responsibility providing communications support for Healthy Land and Water, including digital communications and the production of various communications materials.

See full Position Description here

Please apply via Seek



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.