- BS: Mechanical Engineering, Swinburne College of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
- MS: Civil Engineering, Environmental University of California, Irvine, USA
- Registered Professional Engineer, Civil, California, USA
What do you bring to the HH work?
Over thirty years of experience in project management in infrastructure and construction projects in aboriginal communities in remote areas in Australia and in environmental and hazardous remediation engineering in United States.
- Management of Aboriginal Regional Service Provider, providing strategic planning, administration, financial management to the governing committee, direction to project coordinators, work crews and administrative staff. Work areas include; road construction and maintenance, waste management, aerodromes, essential services, housing repairs & maintenance, homelands services, housing construction & upgrade programs
- Development of groundwater resource monitoring program and Land Management database.
- Design and management water and wastewater treatment schemes,
- Design of Regional Water Management Plan for remote aboriginal communities
- Design of Regional Waste Management Plan for remote aboriginal communities
- Prototype development for solar systems and water pumping systems for use in remote aboriginal communities
What have you learned from being involved in the work?
I am continually reminded how infrastructure and essential services affect our lives. I am also continually reminded how these same services interact with housing and house hardware and ultimately how they impact on the capacity of the house to deliver healthy living functions. At the same time I see how frequently the house hardware affects the delivery of that same infrastructure.
Consequently I recognise how all service delivery is intimately interlinked, especially in remote aboriginal communities. I also recognise how the service delivery including housing and infrastructure should be viewed and assessed or evaluated as a single entity, instead of having multiple jurisdictions and boundaries across which information is not readily passed that can improve the delivery of these services.
Healthabitat maintains a high level of critical assessment of its own work by maintaining rigor in the survey and assessment program. Healthabitat also continually works, through constant assessment to improve the capacity of the survey program to identify how housing can be improved to deliver the Healthy Living Practices.
In an ideal world what directions, ideas, results would you like to see HH and the Housing for Health work become or achieve?
Healthabitat is well placed to provide assessment and performance accreditation of housing maintenance and construction in indigenous and indeed any low income housing, both nationally and internationally.