Pete Morison is an environmental and social scientist. As Alluvium’s Victorian Regional Manager, he has 30 years of experience in strategic management, water governance, NRM, and environmental policy. Pete’s diversity of leadership and project experiences include as CEO of the Victorian water industry’s peak body (VicWater), driving the new liveability agenda for Melbourne Water, producing technical specialist services for waterways management, and policy design for integrated water management with the National Water Commission. Adept in bridging science and practice, Pete has co-authored leading international texts in Integrated Water Management and Water Sensitive Urban Design.
Pete’s expertise encapsulates a breadth and depth of land and water management. He has led catchment management, waterways science, land management and property teams. These roles engendered a cohesive planning and implementation program that fulfilled the growing community drivers for liveability, public open space access and meta-landscapes for ecology and amenity. Projects under Pete’s direction included the Port Phillip and Westernport Floodplain Management Strategy, the Western Treatment Plant Future Land Use Plan, and Biodiversity Credits Conservation Scheme.
Pete has published over 30 papers, 5 book chapters, and presented at national and international conferences as a keynote and panel speaker. His PhD investigated the institutional capacity across state and local government to manage urban runoff in the Port Phillip and Westernport regions. Conducting mixed-method research involving a survey of urban water professionals and managers and interviews with elected and technical officials within state and local government, Pete drew together a rich perspective to which he could define the important levers for resolving such a complex problem. His work led to significant reforms in Melbourne that stimulated effective transboundary responsibilities between reluctant and effective partners.