Executive Committee

Jamie Tainton

Jamie Tainton
Afflux Environmental Consulting
President

Jamie has 14 years experience working as a Civil Engineer.  A great majority of this work has focused on Subdivision and Water Sensitive Urban Design through the land development process. Jamie has worked closely with local governments, developers, water retailers, and authorities like Melbourne Water to find efficient and economical solutions to many projects. Jamie has also worked extensively across the Victorian and New South Wales markets and is well versed in the expectations of Council.

With knowledge of and experience in the application of various planning, legislatures and Best Management Practices, Jamie has strengths in the feasibility, concept design, detailed design and construction/superintending phases of a variety of projects including roads, intersections, sewer, water supply, drainage, and water quality assets.

From this role as a graduate Civil Engineer through to the Management position that Jamie now holds, effective communication is one of her strongest attributes and is what differentiates her from her peers.  Jamie has run workshops, mentored staff, educated clients and negotiated outcomes. She enjoys the challenge of identifying an audiences’ motivations and using that, is able to achieves the best outcome for a project.

Sarah Watkins

Sarah Watkins
Melbourne Water
Vice President

Sarah currently work at Melbourne Water in the Water Services Planning team, focusing on medium-term planning for growth and strategic integrated water management projects. Sarah work closely with Melbourne Water's Development Planning team, the retail water companies, Councils and DELWP. Sarah is also involved as an industry representative in the CRC Water Sensitive Cities. Previously Sarah worked as the Regional Stormwater Coordinator as part of the Living Rivers Program working with many Councils on improved stormwater management projects. Prior to Melbourne Water, Sarah spent 3 years at Storm Consulting where she gained experience in design and modelling of WSUD and SWH systems. Sarah also have been involved in the Little Stringybark Creek Project and the ESO (planning overlay). Qualifications include: B. Engineering (Environmental), B. Science, M. Integrated Water Management.

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Rachelle Adamowicz
Melbourne Water
Treasurer

Rachelle is a Regional Stormwater Coordinator at Melbourne Water where she coordinates the Living Rivers program for the North-East and Inner metro Councils to advance sustainable stormwater management and water sensitive urban design (WSUD) for the protection of waterways and environmental benefits. Through her work, Rachelle supports a number of stages of stormwater management including policy, strategy, construction and maintenance. Through her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Environment & Sustainability, Rachelle's academic background is strongly rooted in environmental science, sociology and philosophy. Rachelle has been in the stormwater industry for 7 years and prior to joining Melbourne Water, worked with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.

Colin McLeod

Colin McLeod
Maroondah City Council
Secretary

Colin is a Civil and Infrastructure engineer who started his career working as a Civil Structural Engineer focusing on housing developments and drainage design. During this time, Colin has developed skills relating to foundation and construction; his passion however, was always with water and its interactions with the environment.

Colin is currently working with the local government as a Drainage Engineer, expanding his knowledge and skills of flood modelling and project engineering. His role consists of assisting developers to design proposals that reduce flooding across municipalities, whilst also identifying areas for draining improvements and water sensitive urban design. Through his work, Colin hopes to continually enhance surrounding communities through developments of new innovative solutions that will reduce adverse impacts on waterways and ecology surrounding those waterways.

 

Committee Members

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Aaron Dowling
E2DesignLab

Aaron is a Civil Engineer with 8 years of experience in Water Sensitive Urban Design, stormwater management and strategy development. Throughout his time spanning across the public and private sector, Aaron has developed keen interest and skills in Integrated Water Management, bringing strong technical capabilities and innovative thinking to address challenges inherent.

Aaron began his career as a development engineer at Melbourne Water where he was responsible for the design and implementation of Development Services Schemes. In this role, he excelled at integrating drainage system designs with the planning process through his involvement in Precinct Structure Plans and Planning Panels.

More recently, Aaron has entered the private consultancy space where he has both contributed to and lead projects involving integrated water management plans, water balance assessments, updating industry guidelines and workshop facilitation. 

He is passionate about the design and implementation of innovative water servicing solutions that deliver beneficial environmental, social and financial outcomes. His broad knowledge of the development industry standards and practices is evident in his practical approach to problem solving and negotiation.

Aaron aspires to become both a technical specialist and a key contributor to policy development in the Australian water industry, advocating for beneficial and progressive change on the path to realising the vision of water sensitive cities.

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Tracey Pham
Afflux

Tracey completed a Bachelor of Engineering (with honours) at Monash University, and worked for a short time at Western Water as a project manager. During her undergraduate degree, she investigated the cost and benefits of several stormwater harvesting projects in Melbourne. Tracey finished her Master of Engineering (Research) thesis titled “The Effect of Vegetation in Stormwater Biofiltration Sytems”. This project taught her the importance of persistence, optimism and patience to project delivery.

Tracey has also had various roles in the Civil Engineering world. She taught stormwater management to undergraduate students, and assisted PhD students with field or lab work as a Research Assistant. Tracey was a stormwater consultant at Cardno for three years and is now working at Afflux Consulting. The work varies depending on project and client requirements, however they primarily consist of:

  • Devising stormwater and flood management solutions
  • Drainage, flood and water quality modelling (primarily using 1D and 2D XPSWMM, MUSIC, TUFLOW)
  • Liasoning with clients and relevant authority
  • Flood mapping (MapInfo)
  • Stormwater Risk asessment

Bahman Esfandiar

Dr Bahman Esfandiar
WSP Australia

Bahman is an Associate civil engineer at WSP, specialises in both large and small scale urban flood mapping applications and drainage design. Bahman is experienced in working with Catchment Management Authorities, Melbourne Water, metropolitan Councils and urban developers. Bahman's experience relates to stormwater quantity and quality management and stormwater drainage design in an urban setting. With significant hydrologic and hydraulic modelling experience gained in over 10 years of professional experience, Bahman works on stormwater quality and quantity management projects, flood mapping and mitigation and drainage design projects. His current qualification includes a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Master of Engineering in Hydraulics and Hydrology and a PhD in Environment and Infrastructure Engineering.

Kate Matthews

Kate Matthews
Tract

Kate is an Associate Town Planner at Tract Consultants. Whilst the majority of her career has been in government statutory and strategic urban planning roles, she also has experience in broader stormwater focused water roles, including at Melbourne Water in their growth area approvals team and as a Project Manager at Cardno. She has a special interest and experience in greenfield development, infrastructure and water resource planning and holds Masters degrees in both urban planning (MSocSci) and integrated water catchment management (MEnv).

Having spent much of her career at the “pointy end” of stormwater policy implementation, particularly through the planning system she is passionate about improving  outcomes both through capacity building for urban planners, but also improving how stormwater management and IWCM can be better implemented through broader town planning processes, policy and statutory controls.

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Elizabeth Smolinska
Jacobs

Liz is a Chartered Senior Water Engineer with 10 years of experience in the consulting sector and works for Jacobs. Liz specialises in hydrological and hydraulic modelling, flood mitigation and risk assessment, stormwater management, water sensitive urban design and water quality modelling. The majority of her work has an infrastructure focus as Flood Lead for major transport projects across the state.

Liz has completed a Master’s degree in Hydrology and Water Resources Management at Imperial College London and worked internationally over in the UK. She has also been involved in committee work at Engineers Australia through the Water Panel and Young Engineers Australia Victoria. Liz has held a position on the Stormwater Victoria committee for the past 3 years – the most recent of which was the role of Chair for the 2019 Stormwater Victoria Conference held regionally in Marysville.

Jenny Robertson

Jenny Robertson
Cardina Shire Council

 

Jenny is a WSUD officer for Cardinia Shire Council and has 12 years of experience in stormwater management. She holds a Ba of Environmental Engineering and completed a Ma of Urban Horticulture in 2017. Her masters project combined stormwater management and plant science to examine the relationship between water depth and coverage of aquatic vegetation in constructed wetlands. Prior to Council, she worked in private consulting and gained experience in flood modelling, design of stormwater harvesting systems and designing WSUD assets.

In her current role, Jenny works across various departments including maintenance, capital works and development assessment. She also manages stormwater projects for water quality and flood mitigation from design to construction. Her favourite projects work towards protecting waterway health and remnant vegetation through the foothills of the Dandenong ranges.

Justin Hinch

Justin Hinch
City of Greater Geelong

 Mr. Justin Hinch is currently Coordinator Infrastructure Planning with the City of Greater Geelong, and is establishing himself as a respected, adaptable and motivated leader who enables growth in the people, places and services through collaboration and innovation.

He has 20 years working in municipal engineering for regional communities, contributing to research on stormwater reuse, presenting on flood mitigation and undertaken leadership roles with the IPWEA and LGIDA.

Underpinned by Engineering and Business Management qualifications, Justin’s strengths align with long-term planning and delivery of infrastructure with a particular interest in leadership roles in the water industry.

Justin is an active advocate for effective management of water resources, in particular stormwater that considers climate change and projected population growth challenges to address flood and environmental risks with ageing infrastructure.

Leading the stormwater service planning at the City of Greater Geelong, Justin’s appointment to the Stormwater Victoria committee provides an opportunity to lead the adaptation and integrating of stormwater to support growth, health and liveability across a greater area and serve as an example for governments, agencies and industry.

Nausheen Obaid

Nausheen Obaid
City of Casey

Nausheen currently works as Senior Water Planner at the City of Casey.  Nausheen has an Engineering background with more than seven years of experience of working within the stormwater industry. 

As a stormwater champion in Council, Nausheen builds Council capacity in water planning and achieving its Water Management Vision.  She has experience in leading water management strategies and been involved in  designing WSUD, Stormwater Harvesting  and other water quality assets . In her work, she supports Council’s strategic water planning, advocates for better holistic water management initiatives as well as ensures WSUD assets are adequately maintained. Through Council planning processes she focuses on delivering sustainable water management outcomes for community . Nausheen, also closely works with  external partners including DELWP , Melbourne Water , South East Water and other local governments to deliver holistic and collaborative Integrated Water Management outcomes.

Jessica Ward

Jessica Ward
Spiire

 Jessica has 10 years’ experience as an Environmental Engineer in the water industry providing a wide range of specialist water services to the public and private sectors. Jessica has lived and worked across the three states of the eastern seaboard, and gained invaluable knowledge within the different policy contexts. Her core expertise ranges from integrated water management and catchment hydrology to detailed water sensitive urban design through to construction.

Detailed capability incorporates catchment hydrology, flood assessment, water balance, water quality, drainage networks and groundwater flow, enabling Jessica to provide strategic solutions to a broad range of complex design and management projects. This is complemented by a Master’s Degree in Water Resources Engineering, having completed an undergraduate in Environmental Engineering.

Her passion for innovation and water sensitive design that provides optimum benefits to the wider public drives Jessica’s day-to-day approach to engineering solutions. Integrating all this, Jessica's passion lies in protecting waterways and enabling green links for healthy communities.

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Luke McLean

 

 

 

Luke is an Environmental Engineer with over 10 years of industry experience, and an extensive background in floodplain modelling, technical investigations, and development assessment. Luke started his career in sewage R&D, but quickly discovered that his true passions lay elsewhere.

 Pursuing these into the surface water space, Luke has spent the majority of his career working as an engineer at Melbourne Water on a variety of projects from flood mapping through to precinct scale development planning and major infrastructure projects.

More recently, Luke has focused his skillset into the consulting sphere, and has enjoyed working on the varied and often unique challenges that present themselves within.

This year marks Luke’s first year on the Stormwater Victoria committee, and he’s excited to be getting more involved in policy and advocacy on behalf of Victoria’s stormwater practitioners.

Tony Barrett

Tony Barrett
AECOM

 Tony brings 20 years’ local and international experience across most sectors including national government, local government and more recently; consulting. As a principal consultant for AECOM, Tony works across multiple sectors and has led, and contributed to many projects which aim to improve liveability and regional prosperity through sustainable water cycle management. Tony has a strong professional network and diverse experience including masterplanning, WSUD, urban stormwater management and the mitigation of urban diffuse pollution.

Whilst in the UK, Tony introduced many of the Australian WSUD and IWM approaches to the water industry and local government. Returning to Australia 2 years ago, Tony continues to work for AECOM in an IWM role. Tony is passionate about tackling climate change and addressing the barriers for IWM delivery.

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Alice Lisitsa
ARUP

Alice Lisitsa holds a double degree in Civil Engineering and Science (BE/BSC) from Monash University. She has also acquired a postgraduate Masters of Engineering Science by Research (MSc) at Monash focusing on biofiltration and Water Sensitive Urban Design, more broadly.

Alice has spent the better part of a decade focused on stormwater quality and flood management in urban areas, working closely with Melbourne Water and Councils in greenfield and infill development projects. After more than 10 years in the industry, between engineering consulting in the hydrology and WSUD sector and lecturing tertiary engineering students, Alice has joined ARUP as a Senior Civil Engineer where she has formed part of the Western Program Alliance’s Civil team as a Drainage, Hydrology and Flood Management lead for several level crossing removal projects throughout Melbourne.

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Tania Struzina  
Clearwater

Tania coordinates the design and delivery of Clearwater training and events and contributes to a range of stakeholder engagement activities. She has worked for the Clearwater program for over ten years she has extensive experience and knowledge in building capacity for Integrated Water Management. Tania has a background in environmental education and capacity building across a wide range of sectors. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communications and Masters in Environment and Planning. Her previous work history includes ECO-Buy Local Government Green Purchasing program at the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), MSSI Sustainability Institute at Melbourne University, Campus Planning at RMIT University, and in International Development with Oxfam Australia.

 

 

Stormwater Victoria Sub Committee Representatives 2019 - 2020

Executive

Jamie Tainton, Sarah Watkins, Rachelle Adamowicz, Colin McLeod

State Conference and Awards

Chair:  Jamie Tainton

Committee:  Elizabeth Smolinska, Bahman Esfandiar, Tony Barrett

Special Projects - Drainage Manual, SQIDEP, Website

Chair: Aaron Dowling

Committee:  Alice Lisitica, Jessica Walker, Jamie Tainton in conjunction with the SCOLA Group

Advocacy

Chair:  Kate Matthews

Committee:  Justin Hinch, Sarah Watkins, Luke McLean

Technical Events and Membership

Chair:  Tracey Pham

Committee: Nausheen Obaid, Zoe O'Hara, Simon Robertson, Jenny Robertson, Jessica Ward (Social Media Coordinator), Rachelle Adamowicz