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Miranda Lello

Assistant Director, Innovation Policy & Design

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT

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Miranda Lello is an Assistant Director in the Policy and Reform Branch of the Department of the  Environment. She is currently working on developing and designing policies to improve environmental regulation in Australia and providing policy support for the implementation of the One-Stop Shop for environmental approvals. She has been involved in providing policy advice on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Environmental Offsets Policy for the past year.

 

Miranda has worked in the Department of the Environment for three years. She has worked on environmental reforms, including the implementation of water resources as a matter of national environmental significance in relation to large coal mining and coal seam gas developments. She previously worked for the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department.

 

Miranda’s academic background is in law and humanities, specialising in administrative decision making and review.


Speaking On:
Providing an overview of Commonwealth offset policy

Frederick Ford

Acting Director Environment & Policy Development

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

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Fred Ford works for the Department of Defence developing Defence biodiversity offsets policy and a sustainable landscape strategy. He previously worked for CSIRO and NSW National Parks/Department of Environment and Climate Change. He was a member of expert panels convened by the NSW government to examine the potential benefits of different offsets mechanisms under Biobanking and Property Vegetation Plan programs. He is the IUCN redlist authority for small mammals and recently authored a book ‘John Gould’s Extinct and Endangered mammals of Australia’ examing the fate of mammals since Gould’s 1863 work.


Speaking On:
Delivering offsets in a restricted environment

Mark Stephens

Senior Development Manager

STOCKLAND RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES

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Mark Stephens is a Senior Development Manager for Stockland focusing on the Caloundra South development. Mark has had over 16 years’ experience in the development industry and specialises in the front end of development planning and implementation.

 

Mark has qualifications in Environmental Science and Landscape Architecture and brings these disciplines together to drive sustainable outcomes focusing on commercially viability for the projects he leads.

 

He works closely with stakeholders throughout the development cycle to secure development outcomes.

 

Mark’s passion for sustainability has secured numerous industry awards including  the highest independent accreditations for his projects under both Greenstar and Enviro development community rating tools.

 

For the past 8 years, Mark has worked passionately to turn a 3,600ha degraded coastal property on the Sunshine Coast into a future world class city which involves one of Australia’s largest wetland rehabilitation projects.


Speaking On:
CASE STUDY: Caloundra South

Examining the future of biodiversity offsetting in Australia

Balancing biodiversity conservation outcomes with social and economic priorities is a complex and challenging task – especially for mining, infrastructure and urban development companies looking to develop or expand projects.


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  • Strategies to maintain & manage offsets
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  • Examine industry approaches to offset assessment & calculation
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  • Understand recent developments to biodiversity offset policy
Day 1

Miranda Lello

Assistant Director, Innovation Policy & Design

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT

Dr Jan Green

Group Manager Environment & Sustainability

IDEMITSU AUSTRALIA

Norm Barnes

Property Development Coordinator

Port Stephens Council

Day 2

Frederick Ford

Acting Director Environment & Policy Development

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

Nathan Garvey

Senior Consultant Ecologist

Biosis

Mark Stephens

Senior Development Manager

STOCKLAND RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES

Sharon Molloy

Senior Team Leader Ecosystems & Threatened Species

Office of Environment & Heritage

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