2017 Judging Panel 

Individual Awards

Mark Pascoe, Chief Executive Officer at International WaterCentre

Mark Pascoe has worked for more than 40 years in the water industry – predominately in Brisbane, Australia. He spent many years with Brisbane City Council (BCC) where his most recent position was as the Manager, Water and Sewerage. He was, for a brief period the Queensland Operations Manager of Woodward-Clyde Pty Ltd, an environmental engineering consultancy. He left the BCC to take up the position of Deputy Director, International Water Association in London, which he held for three years before returning to Brisbane.

Mark has held positions of President Australian Water Association, Board Member Water Services Association of Australia, Board Member Co-operative Research Centre of Water Quality and Treatment and Board Member Global Water Research Coalition. More recently he served as a Board Member of the Western Corridor Water Recycled Water Company and the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence. Mark currently chairs the Queensland Government’s Water Expert Panel.
Mark is the CEO of the International WaterCentre where his role is to lead the development of the joint venture in providing capacity building services to water managers and their organisations and particularly to help develop our future water leaders.


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 was 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.


Donna-Marie Audas, Manager of Coastal Ecosystems at Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)

Donna has 29 years’ experience in Environmental Management, supported by a background in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) which underpins the coastal ecosystem program at GBRMPA. In over 18 years at GBRMPA, Donna has been instrumental to the Authority’s involvement, providing a range of programs and projects to better understand and educate about the connection between land and sea. Donna believes that managing the environment requires a collaborative, informed and united approach. Stakeholder engagement is vital to the success of environmental management.

Over the past eight years, Donna has been managing a project to develop a landscape scale understanding of the Great Barrier Reef catchment and its role in the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef. In collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, the project has developed tools to identify the areas in the Great Reef catchment most hydrologically connected to the Great Barrier Reef and incorporates an ecological calculator to assess the ecological services and functions provided by coastal ecosystem. These tools are currently being used in the development of Water Quality Improvement Plans in the Great Barrier Reef catchment.


Naomi Edwards, Secretary at Intrepid Landcare

Naomi Edwards is a disrupter of institutions. Her honest opinions have inspired thought provoking conversations on how to re-think ways we tackle wicked problems.

Having immersed herself inside the web of decision-making circles and institutional networks responsible for environmental management, it’s of no surprise that she is currently researching a PhD about these institutions at Griffith University. She is a leader for sustainability fellow from the United Nations University, and in 2016 was awarded as a National Young Landcare champion and ambassador for her commitment to social and environmental justice. 

Naomi is highly regarded for multiple award-winning natural resource management initiatives that engage the community in different ways, and is looking forward to being inspired as a judge for this year's Healthy Land and Water awards. 


School and Education 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 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 Australia 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 Land and Water Awards, Cam is a judge for the Queensland Premier's Sustainability Awards and the National Banksia Awards for environmental leadership.


Dr Liz O'Brien, Associate Director of Research at Australian Rivers Institute - Griffith University

Prior to taking up her current position in the Office for Research, Liz worked with the Queensland State Government as a strategic policy analyst for the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. Liz's previous experience in biological science disciplines, together with her professional experience leading pure and applied research in partnership with industry, she provides a broad knowledge base to develop strategic research interests for the Australian Rivers Institute.

Liz is the primary point of contact for all research development enquiries from the Australian Rivers Institute (ARI). The role develops strategic ARI research at Griffith University and can advise on how to strategically develop applications to relevant funding sources such as ARC Linkage and Discovery, as well as State Government Smart Future funding.


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 enterprises. 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 is trained in the social sciences, management and plant physiology. 



Community Awards


Kim Markwell, Senior Freshwater Ecologist at E2designlab 

Kim’s freshwater ecology and waterway management expertise have developed from her post graduate research with the Australian Rivers Institute. Kim applies this expertise to integrate innovative water management strategies into master planning and design projects to protect and enhance ecological systems as well as create vibrant, liveable and sustainable communities.

Through her collaboration with designers, Kim has been instrumental in the development of highly effective visual communication tools which have assisted her clients to gain support and momentum to transition South East Queensland towards being a water sensitive city.

Kim has also been involved in the development of industry training programs and contributed to design guidelines to promote the adoption of water sensitive urban design within Queensland.


Bob Hampson, Member of West Moreton Landcare Group

Bob Hampson is a retired academic having lectured at The University of Queensland’s Gatton campus for almost 35 years. He is heavily involved in environmental issues both at the policy/governance level and in practical on-ground activities with the local community. He has been the president of the West Moreton Landcare Group for seven years and describes himself as an ‘almost full-time, unpaid Landcare officer’.

Bob has dedicated many years to waterway protection and improvement. His achievements include establishing successful partnerships, coordinating catchment awareness events and helping individual landholders and community organisations implement proactive on-ground projects.

Bob and his wife live on their 25 hectare property on the Marburg Range which they purchased as a neglected block of scrub land in 2000. Applying principles of land use planning and farm management, they have developed this into a property which demonstrates the philosophy of Landcare in a peri-urban area.  To date, more than 3000 people have visited their property to learn from their successes and failures. They now take time to sit on the verandah, watch the thousands of trees that they have planted grow and enjoy the wildlife.

Bob was chuffed to win the Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2015 Healthy Land and Water Awards (formerly Healthy Waterways).


Melva Hobson, Community Member 

Profile coming soon. 


Industry and Government Awards


Fiona Chandler, Regional Manager Townsville at Alluvium

Fiona is a water and natural resource management specialist with more than 20 years domestic and international work experience in government, research and private organisations.  

She has extensive practical experience in the fields of urban water policy, planning and management; water sensitive urban design and water sensitive cities; river basin and catchment management; water quality and river health management; natural systems and water resources management; science translation and research management; stakeholder and community engagement; and capacity development at individual, organisational and institutional scales.  

Fiona’s diverse knowledge and experience ensures that she brings an innovative approach to identifying and developing strategies to deliver optimum water cycle, infrastructure, socio-political and economic benefits for clients. Her recent executive role with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities enables her to promote the latest thinking, science and approaches for integrated water management, liveability and sustainability.  

Fiona is recognised for her excellent communication and interpersonal skills developed through many years of professional experience in negotiating complex strategic and project-based outcomes; chairing professional and community advisory groups; leading and participating in multi-disciplinary project teams; facilitating workshops, seminars and focus groups; and conducting formal and informal training, and capacity building activities. Most recently Fiona has led the Communication and Research Adoption portfolio for the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities where she was working across more than 30 projects and working with industry partners to facilitate knowledge uptake and utilisation. 


Dr Eva Abal, Associate Professor at the Global Change Institute - University of Queensland

For ten years, Eva directed the Science and Innovation Program and Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program activities of Healthy Waterways. Eva currently works as the 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

Prof 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 quality and development excellence for disciplinary science across Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 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). Prof 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
  • Kim Markwell, Senior Freshwater Ecologist at E2designlab