Catchment Management Committee
2015-17

Introducing your Catchment Management Committee. Please feel free to contact us with any ideas or enquiries for the network.  

Co-chair

David Sheehan

Coliban Water, Vic  

 

 David Sheehan

 

Danielle Baker

 GHD, NSW
 

 Danielle Baker

 

 

Karla Billington

Naturallogic, SA
 

 Karla Billington

 

 

Michelle Phoenix

NSW Health
   Michelle Phoenix  
 

 

Co-chair

Pat Feehan

Feehan Consulting Pty Ltd, Vic
 

 

Pat Feehan
   
Andrew Bath 

Water Corporation, WA

Andrew Bath
   

Rhys Blackmore

Hunter Water, NSW

Rhys Blackmore
   
Cameron Wearing
SEQ Water, Qld
 

Committee Biographies

David Sheehan 

David is General Manager Water Quality Performance and Regulation at Coliban Water, one of Victoria’s regional water corporations.  Prior to starting in his current role, in February 2014, David was Team Leader - Water Regulation at the Victorian Department of Health; he was in that regulatory role for nine years.  Prior to joining the Department of Health, David worked for three years with a commercial water testing laboratory in Traralgon, in the Gippsland region of Victoria, and prior to that he spent 17 years with Sydney Water and its trading company, Australian Water Technologies, in a number of water quality-related roles, both in Sydney and Brisbane.  David is a current member of NHMRC’s Water Quality Advisory Committee, and is on the board of Water Research Australia. 

David has been involved with the Australian water industry for over 30 years. 

Pat Feehan

Pat has over 35 years of experience in catchment, land and water management in Victoria. He has worked with government agencies, authorities and the community to develop and implement strategies, plans and processes to address water quality, salinity and catchment and water management issues. He has led and managed numerous major projects. 

Pat runs his small consulting business from a home office in Shepparton, Victoria, where he works with clients on a variety of interesting (and often challenging) projects. Pat has qualifications in Science (Geography) from the University of Melbourne, Computing (Deakin University) and also holds a Company Director Diploma. Until recently, he was an accredited Safe Drinking Water Management System Auditor.

Danielle Baker

Danielle is an environmental scientist with 15 years’ experience in the water industry, consulting on water and wastewater treatment and reuse, and catchment water quality and management. Danielle has a Masters degree from ANU where she studied with the Integrated Catchment Management and Assessment (iCAM) Research School.

With a specialist understanding of risks and the fate and transport of pathogens and chemicals in catchments, Danielle has developed an electronic tool for sanitary surveying and has completed surveys for drinking water utilities nationally. Danielle has a keen interest in applied research and development, has been involved in numerous research projects targeting drinking water catchments. Danielle has completed applying Best Management Practices (BMPs) research to the ACT drinking water catchments and has recently a developed water quality based decision support tool for natural resource management. 

Andrew Bath

Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in the field of drinking water quality, catchment management and public health engineering. Early years were spent at university in Europe and then moved to South Africa where he worked in government and also the private sector as a consultant. Projects included the development of catchment management plans, reservoir and catchment modelling, water resource planning and development of decision support systems.

Andrew is now Manager Source Protection at the Water Corporation based in Perth where he manages a team responsible for development, implementation and review of source protection systems across Western Australia.  Andrew has qualifications in marine science from the University of Wales, water resource management from University of London (Kings) and public health engineering from the University of Cape Town. He is an external examiner for a number of local and overseas universities and editor for two water journals. 

Karla Billington 

Over the last 20 years, Karla has worked across a number of water-resource related agencies – and as a consultant, is widely recognised as a key resource person regarding the application of the National Water Quality Management Strategy and the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines to catchment water resource management. With a unique understanding of catchment processes, Karla has been called upon to deliver many projects focussing on significant water resource issues (including drinking water protection, wastewater and stormwater utilisation, climate change impacts and the provision of environmental water).  
In a consulting capacity, Karla is engaged to undertake landscape-scale risk analysis and mitigation planning projects across Australia. Widely recognised as a leading advisor on catchment water quality management, Karla has undertaken assessments of various aspects of water resource management for authorities and local government around Australia. Karla has also been engaged as an independent technical reviewer of major integrated water management plans and other water management policy documents and was a member of the previous AWA Catchment Management Network Committee.

Rhys Blackmore

Rhys is a scientist who has been working in the field of catchment management at Hunter Water (Newcastle) for eight years after a former career in secondary school teaching. Rhys’ role covers strategic planning, stakeholder and community engagement, legislation, compliance and enforcement, monitoring and reporting in catchments. He is currently implementing Hunter Water’s Catchment Management Plan, which outlines eight elements for effective catchment management. The aim of the plan is to identify activities that can be better controlled to manage risks to drinking water quality from climate change, development and population growth. The current focus is on promoting responsible development and improving runoff from dairy farms, septic systems and riparian buffer zones in drinking water catchments.

Michelle Phoenix

Michelle has worked in the water industry for ten years, with experience in drinking water source protection, water distribution, recycled water and wastewater. Michelle has been fortunate to work in operational and regulatory roles, at two water utilities (Sydney Water and Water Corporation of WA) and two public health departments (Department of Health WA and NSW Health). The experience gained in these roles has resulted in a good understanding of water quality issues, and a dedication to understanding and addressing issues in catchments and drinking water sources.
At NSW Health, Michelle works in the Water Unit, a small team that is committed to supporting all drinking water suppliers in NSW to develop and implement risk management based quality assurance programs, based on the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, that will ensure the safe supply of drinking water to the community.

Cameron Wearing

Dr Cameron Wearing is Principal Policy Officer Sustainability and Advocacy with Seqwater. Prior to joining Seqwater Cameron was Executive Officer of a not-for-profit natural resource management group. He has a PhD from the ARC Centre for Functional Nanomaterials and his first professional role was as operations manager of an industrial waste water treatment plant.