About HCCREMS

About HCCREMS

The Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy (HCCREMS) is a program of the Councils of the region – Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens, MidCoast, Cessnock, Maitland, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Dungog and Upper Hunter. The program is delivered by the Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils, Environment Division.

Established in 1996, the program is managed by a dedicated regional team of environmental professionals in partnership with member councils, as well as state and federal agencies, NGOs and community networks and associations.

The current focus areas include:

The HCCREMS Strategy seeks to:

Facilitate regional cooperation on the development and delivery of a range of environmental management and protection projects targeting natural resource management,
biodiversity conservation, waste and an recycling, urban sustainability, environmental compliance, climate change and community education

Promote Ecologically sustainable development and assist councils to be leaders in their communities on ESD matters.

Coordinate and promote cost effective and sustainable environmental management practices and solutions, through regional cooperation in research, capacity building, planning and information exchange between the member councils.

Attract funding and resources to the region to design and deliver innovation and best practice in environmental management policies, practices and programs.

With the recent establishment of the Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils, the Environment Division has engaged staff across all member Councils, to identify strategic regional environmental priorities for the period 2018-22. This process has included a particular emphasis on more closely integrating the goals and directions identified within the Integrated Planning and Reporting Frameworks and strategies of member Councils with the future directions and activities of the Environment Division

 

HCCREMS Program Report

HCCREMS Program Report

Our Member Councils

Our Member Councils

The HCCREMS program is a long term partnership between the 11 councils of the Hunter, Central and Lower North Coast Region of NSW. Our member councils are diverse in both land area, populations and development pressures, but often face similar challenges in addressing environmental management responsibilities and issues.

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Central Coast Council

Gosford – (02) 4325 8222
Wyong -(02) 4350 5555
www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

Cessnock City Council

Cessnock City Council

PO Box 152
CESSNOCK NSW 2325
Tel: (02) 4993 4100
Fax: (02) 4993 4200
www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au

Dungog Shire Council

Dungog Shire Council

PO Box 95
DUNGOG NSW 2420
Tel: (02) 4992 1224
Fax: (02) 4992 2044
www.dungog.nsw.gov.au

Lake Macquarie City Council

Lake Macquarie City Council

PO Box 1906
HRMC NSW 2310
Tel: (02) 4921 0333
Fax: (02) 4958 7257
www.lakemac.com.au

Maitland City Council

Maitland City Council

PO Box 220
MAITLAND NSW 2320
Tel: (02) 4934 9700
Fax: (02) 4933 3209
www.maitland.nsw.gov.au

 

 

 

 

 

MidCoast Council

Forster – (02) 6591 7222
Gloucester – (02) 6538 5250
Taree – (02) 6592 5399
www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au

Muswellbrook Shire Council

Muswellbrook Shire Council

PO Box 122
MUSWELLBROOK NSW 2333
Tel: (02) 6549 3700
Fax: (02) 6549 3701
www.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au

The City of Newcastle

The City of Newcastle

PO Box 489
NEWCASTLE NSW 2300
Tel: (02) 4974 2000
Fax: (02) 4974 2222
www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au

Port Stephens Council

Port Stephens Council

PO Box 42
RAYMOND TERRACE NSW 2324
Tel: (02) 4980 0255
Fax: (02) 4989 3612
www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Singleton Council

Singleton Council

PO Box 314
SINGLETON NSW 2330
Tel: (02) 6578 7290
Fax: (02) 6572 4197
www.singleton.nsw.gov.au

Upper Hunter Shire Council

Upper Hunter Shire Council

PO Box 208
SCONE NSW 2337
Tel: (02) 6540 1100
Fax: (02) 6545 2671
www.upperhunter.nsw.gov.au

Our Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee

The HCCREMS team and the regional programs they coordinate are guided by a committee comprised of the Directors of Planning &/or Environment (or their senior management appointees) from the 11 member councils.

Central Coast Council Luke Sulkowski Unit Manager, Natural and Environmental Assets
Cessnock City Council Gareth Curtis Director, Planning and Environment
Dungog Shire Council Paul Minett Manager, Environmental Services
MidCoast Council Paul De Szell Acting Director, Planning and Natural Systems
Lake Macquarie City Council David Hudges Director, Built and Natural Assets
Maitland City Council David Simm Manager, Development and Environment
Muswellbrook Shire Council Sharon pope Assistant Director, Environment and Community Services
Newcastle City Council Mark Manning Senior Strategist, Environment
Port Stephens Council Steven Peart Section Manager, Strategy and Environment
Singleton Council Mark Ihlein Director, Planning and Infrastructure
Upper Hunter Shire Council Matt Pringle Director, Environmental and Community Services

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Our Staff

Our Staff

The HCCREMS Team

Steve Wilson – Acting Director

Steve has a Masters Degree in Environmental Management and a Bachelor of Horticultural Science from the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury.

He has been working directly with local government across a range of natural resource and environmental management issues since 1997. His environmental management experience spans a number of issues including: climate change risk assessment and adaptation planning, land management and rehabilitation, biodiversity conservation, wetland management, Acid Sulfate Soils, climate adaptation, environmental education, natural resource planning, State of the Environment Reporting, and catchment and estuary management.

Steve currently specialises in managing our regional Climate Change program earning a number of LGSA Excellence in Environment Awards for the development and implementation of a range of risk management, adaptation and mitigation initiatives.

Steve is a senior manager in the Hunter Joint Organisation team and plays an active role in strategic planning; project design, delivery and management; and partner liaison.

Steve has represented Hunter Joint Organisation at a number of National, State and Regional Conferences.

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Tim Askew – Regional Program Manager

Tim is the Regional Program Manager at Hunter Joint Organisation, Environment Division.

He is a senior manager in the team, specialising in the waste and resource recovery program and plays an active role in strategic planning; project design, delivery and management; and stakeholder engagement across the entire environment division portfolio.

Tim has 10 years experience in local government and 20 years in the private sector working across a diverse range of areas. Employed for nearly 10 years at the City of Newcastle, Tim’s diverse experience included city and coastal revitalisation, place making, economic development, smart city, destination marketing and waste and environmental management.  Tim’s private sector experience involved working in strategy, project management and finance across the manufacturing, health, insurance and education sectors.

Tim has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle.

 

 

 

 

 


Carlie McClung Regional Support Officer (Biodiversity Reforms)

Carlie is a Senior Environmental Scientist and Ecologist with over 17 years’ experience in a range of different areas including ecology, environmental impact assessment, environmental management and monitoring; and environmental auditing. Carlie formerly worked at Port Stephens Council as their Senior Environmental Planner for 2 years. In this role, she was responsible for providing high level advice and expertise in relation to environmental impact assessment, biodiversity and environmental management for Council’s Capital Works Projects and Operations (including Part 5 Environmental Assessment Reports), ecological referrals for Part 4 DAs, State Significant Development and Planning Proposal Biodiversity Assessment Reports and coordination of biodiversity related natural resource projects for Council.

Prior to  that Carlie was a Senior Environmental Scientist in a private consultancy for over 15 years. From this role, she has substantial experience in delivering Biodiversity projects in NSW with experience in ecological impact assessment, development of management plans, targeted threatened species surveys, pre-clearance surveys and ecological monitoring for a range of clients from private developers to local government, State and Federal agencies. Carlie also has a Masters in aquatic ecology with extensive experience in applying the requirements of the Fisheries Management Act 1994, through the preparation and review of aquatic impact assessments and monitoring surveys in freshwater (wetland and riverine) and estuarine aquatic environments.

Carlie has joined the Environment Division as Regional Support Officer (Biodiversity Reforms), to assist Councils transition to the new and significant changes required of them under the new Biodiversity Conservation Act.


Siobhan Isherwood – Environmental Projects Coordinator

Siobhan enjoys working on all things environmental sustainability. The last eight years saw her working in the renewable energy industry, developing wind farms in NSW and advocating for renewable energy. This work involved all aspects of development including managing development application, project design and community and stakeholder engagement. She also undertook community engagement for projects under construction and in operation. Before that, she completed a degree in environmental science at Monash University in Melbourne and she is now studying for a masters in conservation biology at Macquarie University.


Barbora Michalidesova – Project Officer

Barbora is a Project Officer at Hunter Joint Organisation, Environment Division.

She works across multiple environment division projects and supports the team in areas of finance, administration and contracting. Barbora brings with her a wealth of experience from previous roles with the Department of Defence, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, private and community organisations.

Barbora has a Bachelor Degree of Economics and Social Sciences and Masters Degree in Political Economy from the Sydney University.