Western Australia

Western Australia

Meet our committee

  • Belinda Bastow FEIANZ

    Belinda Bastow FEIANZ

    Belinda Bastow FEIANZ President

    Belinda has been a member of the EIANZ since 2014. Belinda is Director at Integrate Sustainability with over 20 years’ experience in Environment, Safety and Sustainability in the Resource Sector. You may also know her from the Goldfields Environmental Management Group (GEMG) or the more recently formed Environmental Practitioners Network. Belinda hopes her passion and enthusiasm for networking and knowledge sharing drives a more inclusive EIANZ for all environmental practitioners.

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  • Rupert Duckworth MEIANZ CEnvP

    Rupert Duckworth MEIANZ CEnvP

    Rupert Duckworth MEIANZ CEnvP Vice President

    Rupert is an environmental engineer with post graduate qualifications in Environmental Science and Engineering Geology. He has 16 years’ experience as a Business Manager, Project Manager and Environmental Scientist, with a further 10 years as a Geotechnical Engineer responsible for the delivery of projects in the civil (infrastructure, residential, industrial), mining, oil and gas sectors. He has worked on and managed projects in numerous locations across Western Australia plus in South Africa, Botswana, Oman, UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi), Qatar, Chile and South East Asia.

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  • Mitt Ramgobin MEIANZ

    Mitt Ramgobin MEIANZ

    Mitt Ramgobin MEIANZ Treasurer

    Mitt is an environmental professional with 12+ years’ experience in environment and heritage management ranging from planning, design, impact assessment and approvals to construction and project close out. He has a Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment. Mitt is a strong proponent of using robust scientific data for decision making and sustainable development. Mitt joined the EIANZ in 2012 as a networking platform and the opportunity to collaborate with other environmental practitioners to influence policy, strategy and reconciliation.

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  • Tahlia Walsh MEIANZ CEnvP

    Tahlia Walsh MEIANZ CEnvP

    Tahlia Walsh MEIANZ CEnvP Secretary

    Tahlia is a Certified Environmental Practitioner with over twelve years’ experience in the resource industry. She has worked in the gold, nickel, iron ore, oil and gas industries and currently holds the title of Approvals Specialist for Rio Tinto Iron Ore. Tahlia has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and has completed further study in workplace health and safety and auditing. Tahlia joined the EIANZ with the hope to contribute to the continuous improvement of environmental management and policy development.

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  • Diane Dowdell FEIANZ

    Diane Dowdell FEIANZ

    Diane Dowdell FEIANZ Committee Member

    With over twenty years’ experience as an environmental professional across government and private industry, Diane has an MBA and Master of Environmental Science and she is currently undertaking a PhD in social performance in mining through the University of Queensland.  Diane has worked in environmental advisory and management, tourism planning and public policy in Australia, Europe, Africa, North and South America. She currently works within consulting and advisory services supporting companies in ESG related guidance associated with project development and funding.

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  • Melissa Harrison MEIANZ

    Melissa Harrison MEIANZ

    Melissa Harrison MEIANZ Committee Member (Mentoring Champion)

    Melissa has over 19 years of professional management experience and has spent the last 14 years specialising in Commonwealth and Western Australian environmental and heritage impact assessments and approvals. She has worked as a consultant and on the client side across the utilities, aviation, construction, mining and civil infrastructure industries. Melissa also undertakes risk and compliance management and assessment and is a qualified lead auditor with desktop verification, due diligence and field inspection experience. Melissa currently leads a team of highly experienced officers undertaking approvals and compliance assessments and management within a State government agency.

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  • Josh Matthews MEIANZ

    Josh Matthews MEIANZ

    Josh Matthews MEIANZ Committee Member (Students and Early Careers, and Events Champion)

    Josh is an Environmental Scientist with a Bachelor of Science Majoring in Environmental Science and Conservation Wildlife Biology with a Postgraduate in Environmental Assessment and Management. Josh and has been working in the resource, construction and infrastructure sectors since 2009.

    Josh has a keen interest in pragmatic, yet appropriate, environmental management in Australia. Throughout his career, Josh has been heavily involved in approvals under various legislation, environmental management, compliance auditing and investigations and has worked with a range of stakeholders including Traditional Owners and several statutory authorities.

    Josh joined EIANZ to be amongst likeminded professionals and to give back to a community that has given him so much and facilitated his success to date.

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  • Rob Karelse

    Rob Karelse

    Rob Karelse Committee Member (Policy and Advocacy Champion)

    Rob is an outcomes-focused environmental professional with about 20 years of experience across both the private and public sectors in resources, renewable energy, construction and water. Rob has worked across the lifecycle of resource projects in Australia and Europe, from EIA and approvals through to closure and rehabilitation. From 2014 to 2020 Rob worked for the WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in project, program and senior management roles. More recently, Rob’s focus has been on assisting renewable energy clients with responsible project development to assist with decarbonisation in WA. He is currently the WA Regional Manager at Umwelt Environmental and Social Consultants. 

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  • Kate Thompson

    Kate Thompson

    Kate Thompson Committee Member

    Kate is an environmental and government approvals specialist with over 20 years’ experience in a variety of fields including renewables, mining, linear infrastructure, gas, and urban development. Kate has qualifications in environmental science, zoology, architecture, town planning, and law. She is a member of the Certified Environmental Practitioner Specialist Environmental Advisory Committee - Impact Assessment and the Environmental Accounting Special Interest Section of the EIANZ.

    Kate is the Work Group Lead and Technical Director – Environmental Approvals in the AECOM WA Environment Team, and manages a team of over 20 Environmental Scientists, Ecologists, and marine scientists. Kate is passionate about mentoring early career professionals and leading workplace cultural development.

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  • Sophie Monaco

    Sophie Monaco

    Sophie Monaco Committee Member (Students and Early Careers Champion)

    Sophie is an environmental professional with 10 years experience in mining and industry with a particular focus on environmental impact assessment and approvals. Sophie completed a BSc (Hons) in Conservation Biology and a MSc in Environmental Management and is a strong advocate for using scientific data to support environmental impact assessments.  She has worked on projects right across the State acquiring a unique knowledge of the environmental values in WA. Sophie joined EIANZ for networking and to learn from other professionals.  She hopes to contribute to the continued learning experience for new environmental professionals through being the Student and Early Careers champion.

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Western Australia

The WA Division's membership is diverse and includes environmental practitioners from state and local government, utilities, academia, consultancies, mining and construction companies and law firms.

The focus of the WA Division is to disseminate information on emerging and important environmental issues for environmental practitioners.

In Western Australia, key issues include:

  • Clearing of native vegetation
  • Salinity
  • Sustainability
  • Phytophthora dieback
  • Environmental management systems
  • Environmental auditing
  • Air quality
  • Contaminated sites
  • Amendments to environmental legislation.

The WA Divisional Committee meets monthly to ensure a range of seminars, conferences and workshops involving scientists, policy-makers and practitioners  are offered to members and prospective members that address and debate these issues. Social events  provide a great opportunity to meet your peers.

For those considering a career in environmental science, the WA Division will arrange career's nights if there is a demand. At these events, a cross-section of environmental practitioners give presentations followed by an opportunity to mix and mingle over drinks and nibbles. Please contact the Division to express your interest.

View WA Division's strategic plan for more information on their priorities.

Contact Us

  • President
    Belinda Bastow FEIANZ

  • Contact
    +61 418 950 678

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