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.
Providing an overview of Commonwealth offset policy
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.
Delivering offsets in a restricted environment
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.
CASE STUDY: Caloundra South
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.
- Strategies to maintain & manage offsets
- Examine industry approaches to offset assessment & calculation
- Understand recent developments to biodiversity offset policy
Assistant Director, Innovation Policy & Design
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT
Dr Jan Green
Group Manager Environment & Sustainability
Property Development Coordinator
Port Stephens Council
Acting Director Environment & Policy Development
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE
Senior Consultant Ecologist
Senior Development Manager
STOCKLAND RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES
Senior Team Leader Ecosystems & Threatened Species
Office of Environment & Heritage
- How to assess the indirect impact of offsets on major projects
Tuesday, 21st July 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
- How to navigate the offset path for improved optimisation
Tuesday, 21st July 2015
5:00pm – 8:00pm