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industry news water DECEMBER 2012 25 Barbara’s expertise further strengthens this service,” said Mr Ashcroft. “Ms Pedersen has more than 17 years’ experience in coastal and port projects – both in the public and private sector.” Prior to joining Parsons Brinckerhoff, Ms Pedersen’s leadership roles included managing the team of coastal planners at the Department for Planning and Infrastructure in Western Australia. Under her leadership, the coastal team won a Planning Institute of Australia National Award in Environmental planning for its coastal planning program, and was a finalist in the WA Premier Awards for sustainable environments for the Coastwest grants program. Meanwhile, Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed Greg Milford to the new role of Director of Sales for its Australia- Pacific operations. In this new position Mr Milford will provide leadership and strategic direction with a focus on winning new work, expanding the firm’s profile, enhancing relationships with clients and developing new markets. Mr Milford returns to Australia after a five-year assignment to the United Kingdom, where his most recent position was as the Strategic Initiatives Director for Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In this role he was responsible for Parsons Brinckerhoff’s entry into new geographies and markets – Scandinavia, Saudi Arabia, Libya and offshore wind projects in the United Kingdom. Mr Milford is now based in the firm’s Sydney office. He holds a Bachelor of Town Planning from the University of New South Wales. Crocodile Eggs Measure River Health Ngan’gi speakers know it’s time to look for freshwater crocodile eggs when the red kapok trees near the Northern Territory’s Daly River burst into flower. This can occur at a different time each year, but the environmental link is solid. A Darwin-based scientist has converted this link and other intimate Aboriginal knowledge of Australia’s landscape into an environmental management tool. CSIRO’s Emma Woodward worked with Aboriginal elders as part of the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge research program to develop six seasonal calendars from six different language groups from the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The calendars provide early warning signs of environmental change, which will help scientists manage water use and monitor the impacts of climate change. “Changes or disturbances to patterns of expected behaviour and connections between plants and animals are noticed and queried immediately, potentially alerting us to more serious higher-level problems,” Emma said. Each calendar depicts between four and 13 seasons in an annual cycle of climatic and ecological understanding. Focusing on river systems, they follow the activities of plants and animals that are driven by the monsoon in northern Australia. Emma says her work taps into a previously underutilised resource. “Aboriginal knowledge is different and adds to Western science. It can make a unique and important contribution to the problems of managing the Australian environment,” she says. “Aboriginal people have a deep understanding of the connections between everything in the environment. Their observations have revealed relationships and links between plants, animals, water and climate that we weren’t aware of before.” With increasing pressure on northern Australia’s water resources, Emma says, it is crucial to draw on the best information available when making decisions about water management. “Aboriginal people are key water users and bring valuable knowledge about these important resources, including detailed information about fish behaviour and habitats within the rivers,” she says. “Indigenous ecological knowledge is being used in other countries for environmental monitoring and management, but it is still very early days in Australia. The calendars are the first step in facilitating this process.” Emma has captured Indigenous ecological knowledge from the Ngan’gi, Malakmalak, Gooniyandi, Walmajarri, Wagiman and Larrakia Aboriginal language groups across Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Schools and universities have shown interest in the calendars as an educational resource. For instance, the Larrakia calendar, from the Darwin region, is being converted into an interactive online educational version. For more information please go to: www.freshscience.org.au/ embargoed/indigenousecology NEW ADJUSTABLE ELECTROFUSION ELBOW. GET THE STRESS-FREE JOIN YOU NEED WITHOUT BREAKING YOUR BACK. For more information visit www.plasson.com.au For sales call Australian distributor Vinidex 13 11 69 Or call Plasson • NSW (02) 9550 2291 • VIC/SA/TAS (03) 9772 8799 • QLD/NT (07) 5477 5088 • WA 0414 274 047 Join misaligned pipes at non-standard angles up to 24° NEW ADJUSTABLE ELECTROFUSION ELBOW. GET THE STRESS-FREE JOIN YOU NEED WITHOUT BREAKING YOUR BACK. 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