A word from Alluvium's new Senior Water Resources Engineer, Mark Wainwright

A word from Alluvium's new Senior Water Resources Engineer, Mark Wainwright

8.09.2016 - Posted by Lucy Moon



I started working with Alluvium in mid-August 2016 and will be working closely with the Sydney team from my base in Newcastle. I previously worked for BMT WBM (formerly WBM Oceanics Australia for those old enough to remember) in Newcastle for around 14 years. My most recent role at WBM was as NSW Urban Water Team Leader where I was responsible for managing a small team of engineers and scientists across their Sydney and Newcastle offices.    
  
The seed for my career in urban catchment management was probably sown in the mind of a boy playing in creeks and exploring stormwater drainage pipe lines in southern Adelaide. Later on my school holidays were often spent playing until sunset with friends in and around local creeks in south-western Sydney.  
 
Over the last 20 years of my career I have focused on improving my understanding of urban development impacts on receiving environments including groundwater, creeks, wetlands, rivers, estuaries and coastal lakes. I believe it is important to gain a good appreciation of both the catchment processes and the receiving environments to ensure that any interventions in the catchment will be well targeted.  
 
My recent experience has focused on the planning of future urban development in NSW and managing the impacts of existing development. Typically, this has included catchment modelling, development of WSUD strategies, preparation of planning and design guidelines, concept design, peer reviews and assistance with the preparation of developer contribution plans.    

My time outside of work is largely spent sharing my time between family (often ferrying teenagers in Uber mode - although without the financial benefits) and chasing a small white ball around a golf course with a pack of like-minded addicts (avoiding creeks, ponds, lakes, stormwater drains and other waterways wherever I can). I assist with coaching junior golfers in Newcastle so that one day they can suffer similarly to me with the game. I also enjoy playing guitar (badly) and live music with friends when I can escape for a night. I hope to make my way to Neptune Islands near Port Lincoln one day to cage dive with great white sharks.    
 

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