Masters of Engineering
B.App.Sc Env Design
Civil Engineering Technology
What do you bring to the HH work?
15 years experience in construction in a variety of remote and regional settings. Applied Civil and Environmental Engineering knowledge. A passion to see drastic improvement in the lives of Australia´s Indigenous community in my lifetime.
Years involved with Housing for Health work (including R&D work)?10 years
What have you learned from being involved in the work?
Significant improvement to peoples living environment makes a very big difference to their health and well-being and changes lives, and can be achieved without great cost. This improvement can only be achieved by hard work, effective project management, good field work and data, a thorough understanding of the local context and the support of the community.
Imposed solutions always fail and the most effective projects appear to happen in spite of the efforts of Government, not through the efforts of Government.
In an ideal world what directions, ideas, results would you like to see HH and the Housing for Health work become or achieve?
I would like to see the results of HH work form the basis of genuine evidence based policy and a means to measure effectiveness of other programs.
Housing for health projects with a budget of $20,000/house make a very big difference to any community very quickly and would eliminate the chaos, panic to start and poor field work that causes poor decision making in the larger projects that results in poor outcomes and waste.
I would like to see a much greater marketing and uptake of the R&D projects, findings and products to influence procurement policies, design guidelines and program design.
I would like to see HH work used in International environments.
I would like to see the corporate knowledge gained in 25 years of work find it´s way into the current Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure policy and planning.