Facilitated by Perth NRM, the Sediment Task Force represents a collaborative approach to the development of solutions to prevent sediment run-off particularly, but not exclusively, from building sites. Members of the Task Force include:

State Government

Vic Andrich representing the Department of Health WA

  • Vic is the Department of Health WA’s Senior Policy Officer for their Science and Policy Unit and has been a member of the Sediment Task Force since 2018.

Debbie Besch representing the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

  • Debbie Besch is the Healthy Catchments and Coordination Program Manager of the Rivers and Estuaries Branch of DBCA.
  • Debbie has been a member of the Task Force since 2014 and has been working on sediment management related projects since 2009.
  • Debbie is involved in the Task Force as sediment is having adverse effects on the health of waterways throughout the Swan Canning Catchment. Debbie thinks that with increasing urbanisation there will be greater pressure on our waterways, so we need to work collaboratively to address this issue.
  • Debbie believes that the most important issue for the Task Force to address is to ensure there is a standard approach by all local and state authorities to manage sand drift through the stages of development.

Emily Cranstoun representing Main Roads WA

  • Emily is Main Roads WA’ s Environmental Officer for the Planning and Technical Services section of their Environment Branch. Emily is a new member of the Task Force, temporarily replacing Shane Collins during 2019. Shane (and Main Rds) has been a member of the Sediment Task Force since its inception in 2014.

Ben Stone representing the Water Corporation

  • Ben is the Water Corporation’s Senior Advisor for the Environment & Contaminated Sites, Governance, Assurance and Approvals section and has been a member of the Sediment Task Force since its inception in 2014.

Local Government

Mark Batty representing the WA Local Government Association (WALGA)

  • Mark is WALGA’s Executive Manager of Environment & Waste and has been a member of the Sediment Task Force since its inception in 2014.

Neil Burbridge representing the City of Armadale

  • Neil is the City of Armadale’s Manager of Environmental Services and has been a member of the Sediment Task Force since its inception in 2014.
  • Neil is involved in the Task Force primarily to introduce pragmatic and strategic controls across the Perth metro area to ensure enhanced control over sand drift.
  • Neil believes the most important issue for the STF to address in regards to preventing erosion and sedimentation is that appropriate compliance mechanisms are in place to ensure that controls are implemented at all stages of and types of development.

Megan Stone representing the City of Armadale

  • Megan Stone is the Environment Officer at the City of Armadale.
  • Megan has been a member of the Task Force since mid-2018.
  • Megan believes the most important issue for the STF to address in regards to preventing erosion and sedimentation is the lack of awareness and understanding around the implications of poor sediment management.

Charles Sullivan representing the City of Cockburn

  • Charles is the City of Cockburn’s Director of Engineering and Works and has been a member of the Sediment Task Force since August 2018.

Veronique Largier representing the City of Subiaco

  • Veronique is the City of Subiaco’s Environmental Project Officer for their Operations and Environment Services section and has been a member of the Sediment Task Force since August 2018.

Geoffrey Mace representing the City of Kwinana

  • Geoffrey is the City of Kwinana’s Engineering Development Officer and has been a member of the Sediment Task Force since February 2018.

Industry

David Coremans representing the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA

  • David is the Principal Environmental Consultant, Team Leader – Hydrology, for Emerge Associates and member of UDIA(WA), and has been a member of the Sediment Task Force since October 2014.

 Rachelle Gill representing the Housing Industry Association WA (HIAWA)

  • Rachelle is the Assistant Director  of the Planning & Building Branch of HIA (WA) and has been a member of the Sediment Task Force since November 2017.

Philip Kemp representing the Masters Builders Association of Western Australia (MBAWA)

  • Philip works for Alliance Builders and is a Board Member of the Masters Builders Association (WA) and has been a member of the Sediment Task Force since its inception in 2014.

Community

Jason Pitman, representing Perth NRM

  • Jason has been involved in the Sediment Taskforce since 2017 and represents Perth NRM by providing advice in how we can collectively overcome sediment issues facing our waterways and wetlands.
  • Jason has several years’ experience in delivering and coordinating water programs and provides strategic insight from a catchment-scale perspective.
  • Jason wants to see the STF optimise our concerted effort in communicating and supporting actions to prevent erosion and while working to improve compliance among those who do not adhere to regulatory expectations.

Pat Hart representing the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL)

  • Pat Hart is the Chairperson of the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare; a position she has held for 17 years.  Pat has been a member of the Task Force since 2014.
  • Pat is involved in the Task Force due to her desire to reduce the amount of sediment entering the deep pools in the Canning River and its tributaries and to improve water quality in the Swan and Canning River system.
  • Pat’s experience is considerable and diverse and includes her involvement as a Local Government Councillor, Board Member of the Swan River Trust and the Swan Canning Cleanup Taskforce. She was involved in the development of the Erosion and Sedimentation Control Manual for Darling Range 2001 and the EMRC Local Government guidelines for Sediment Control 2008.
  • Pat believes the most important issue for the Task Force to address in regards to preventing erosion and sedimentation is ensuring that policies and guidelines are agreed to and implemented by all Local Governments in the Perth metropolitan area.

Photo: Back row (from left to right); Rachelle Gill (HIA), Jason Pitman (Perth NRM), Vic Andrich (Department of Health), Paul Bodlovich (Perth NRM), Dr Carlos Ocampo (UWA, CRCWSC). Front row; Yamin Ma (Proxy, Water Corporation), Veronique Largier, Michelle Crow (Proxy, DBCA), Megan Stone (City of Armadale) and Pat Hart (SERCUL).