We are about helping the community to be part of something real.
Watergum is a not-for-profit organisation that helps the community engage in real, on-ground work to restore, maintain and protect the natural environment. We do this through citizen science programs, restoration and conservation projects, events, workshop and member services. Watergum works directly with the community on our own projects, and indirectly by supporting our member groups who work with the community on their own projects.
We do this by:
· Connecting community groups and individuals who are involved in on-ground environmental management work through our website, newsletter, social media and events;
· Providing services to our member groups including marketing, web presence, insurance, acting as a sponsoring organisation for grant applications and helping to manage their grant funds;
· Hosting and co-hosting environmental events that engage the general community;
· Co-ordinating Citizen Science Programs that monitor the health of our environment and engage and educate the community;
· Managing environmental projects for other organisations.
Our ultimate aim is to involve the community in monitoring and managing the environment, so collectively we can maintain and restore our landscapes to places of beauty, clean water and native habitat that will support our community and wildlife for centuries to come.
Meet our Committee
Our governing committee is a balanced mix of professionals, volunteers and business people.
Wal is passionate about the natural world. He spends his free time bird watching, bushwalking, in the ocean or working on his Nature Refuge Property. Wal was founder and CEO of a successful mapping company which had offices all over Australia. He now dedicates his working life to helping Watergum become an organisation that makes a real difference.
Vice president & Secretary
Steven is a member of several environmental groups on the Gold Coast. He is interested in vertical and lateral integration of environmental elements and committed to measurements and proof rather than speculation. He therefore undertakes regular plantings, water and macroinvertebrate sampling, empties tacklebins and provides community environmental education activities on a daily basis.
As a Chartered Accountant and teacher in the Business School at Griffith University, Heather brings valuable experience to our organisation in her accounting/ finance role.
Heather has a love of Australian native flora and landscapes and is a keen bush walker. She is an active member of Austinville Landcare and enjoys working in rainforest restoration.
Natalie’s passion is the environment we share, and the community we live in. She has worked as an Environmental Scientist for 30 years, and 28 of those have been servicing the beautiful Gold Coast environment. During this time she has gained the respect of environmental scientists, industry leaders, Local and State Governments, and community groups. This allows her to work across a number of sectors to achieve real environmental outcomes. And she loves Platypus!
Mitchell’s passion is conservation and ecological restoration. He has over 12 years’ experience in Bushland restoration and specialises in threatened fauna species programs. Mitch is our Seqwater committee representative and is charged with the catchment management operations throughout Hinze dam, Little Nerang Dam, Redlands & North Stradbroke Island.
Rosalinde is our Executive Officer. She is passionate about everything nature and loves working for Watergum and with the local community. Rosalinde has a B.Sc (Hons) in Wildlife management and is the 2019 Queensland Young Landcare Leader. Rose spends her free time rescuing wildlife, on the beach or in her organic garden.
Emily has a degree in history and a passion for the natural environment and community outreach. In her spare time she volunteers for a wildlife rescue charity and raises orphaned birds for release. Emily started working for Watergum in 2019 and she has a create team member! Emily delivers a lot of our community engagement programs.