Friends of UWCS

Australasian Journal of Water Resources

Australasian Journal of Water Resources

Sponsored by Engineers Australia

Editors: Associate Professors Katherine Daniell and Trevor Daniell

A multi-disciplinary regional journal dedicated to scholarship, professional practice and discussion on water resources planning, management and policy. Its primary geographic focus is on Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Michelle and Rob Avis

Verge Permaculture & Adaptive Habitat

Rob Avis, P.Eng, and Michelle Avis, P.Eng own and operate Adaptive Habitat, a leading edge property design firm for resilient homes, acreages, and farms and Verge Permaculture, a globally recognized award-winning education business. They have over 20 years of combined experience in project management, ecological design, and sustainable technologies, which they share at Verge Permaculture from their suburban house and yard that they’ve transformed into a model of cold climate urban permaculture in Calgary, Alberta.

Essential Rainwater Harvesting

Incorporating the latest independent research, this practical resource provides DIYers, trades, and rainwater practitioners with the essential tools, methods, and technical know-how to design, confidently build, and maintain rainwater harvesting systems that produce quality water without necessarily needing end-of-line disinfection or sterilization. Co-authored by Rob Avis, P.Eng and Michelle Avis, P.Eng and Foreword by Peter J Coombes.

Dr Michael Barry


Senior Principal Engineer at BMT; Chair, BMT Global Innovation Council

Michael has shared in Urban Water Cycle Solution’s systems thinking journey since 2002.  He continues to collaborate through co-delivery of projects and joint publication of peer reviewed journal papers around systems thinking. He was very pleased to share the 2018 G.N. Alexander Medal with Dr Coombes.

Dr Matthew Roberts

BMT Water and Environment

Director, Environment UK at BMT UK Ltd

Dr Matthew Roberts studied Mathematics and Geography, before completing a Ph.D. on 3D Fluvial Hydrodynamics Modelling and Post Graduate research investigating Submarine Channel Flow.  Matthew became a consultant in the flood risk and water management industry, developing numerical solutions to predict flooding from all sources and the risks and hazards to people and property.

More recently Matthew has focused on building B2B and B2G relationships, unlocking potential in the UK water sector.  He is a strong advocate of collaborative working, developing partnerships between government, academic and industry practitioners. He is an active member of the Future Water Association supporting innovation in the regulated utilities.

Dr Roberts is collaborating with Dr Coombes and Dr Barry on developing Systems Framework applied research projects and solutions in the United Kingdom.

Mark Babister

WMA Water

Managing Director of WMA Water.

Mark is a national leader in floodplain management and analysis. He is an editor of the 2016 Edition of Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR). Mark collaborated with Peter Coombes on the Urban Book of ARR.  Mark has undertaken a number of expert advice roles including the Queensland floods commission of inquiry, Natural Disaster Insurance Review, Ministerial Advisory Council for the Wivenhoe Manual, and the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study – Independent Panel of Experts.

Stuart Heldon and Michael Smit

Kingspan Water and Energy

Sustainable building solutions, pioneering new technologies, and award winning design. These aren’t ideals, these are what Kingspan is made of. We are committed to innovation, sustainability and the communities here in Australia that we’re proud to be part of. We have grown from a family construction business in Ireland to leading the world in efficient building. Stuart and Michael have collaborated with Peter Coombes on national science and policy processes.

Jackie Hammond

Blue Mountains Company

Chief Executive Officer.

Blue Mountains Company (Rain Harvesting) provide high-quality, innovative products and helpful, specialist services for the rainwater industry. We offer a seamless online and offline experience, with additional services and tools to make your life easier. We encourage you to take a look at our new website and explore our new online tools.

Dr Josh Byrne

Josh Byrne & Associates

JBA’s professional in-house skills incorporate landscape architecture, environmental engineering, environmental science, project management, community engagement and communications. This places us in a unique position to service our clients with either specific services or by combining our skills to provide a seamless and integrated project.

Brad Lancaster

Rainwater Harvesting in the Drylands

Brad Lancaster is an expert in the field of rainwater harvesting and water management. He is also a permaculture teacher, designer, consultant and co-founder of Desert Harvesters non-profit organisation.

Andy Lipkis

Tree People
Andy Lipkis is a practical visionary who has dedicated his life to healing the environment while improving the lives of individuals and communities.

Dr Bob Wilkinson

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Dr Robert Wilkinson’s research and teaching is focused on water and energy policy, climate change, and issues of environmental policy. He advises government agencies, businesses, non-governmental organisations and foundations on water policy and environmental issues.

Brendan Condon


Biofilta Stormwater Solutions  combines engineering, water sensitive urban design and ecological principles to improve the way bioretention and stormwater harvesting systems are designed, installed and maintained.