I was drawn to work in the built environment industry through a desire to create impactful, aesthetic and sustainable places for people to live, work and play.
As a Civil and Water Engineer at Bligh Tanner, I have worked on several projects in which innovation in our stormwater engineering practice has delivered outstanding outcomes for both the project and environment. A highlight of my career so far has been the Western Parkland City: Urban Typologies and Stormwater Solutions project, which you can check out here.
I am passionate about the effective implementation of integrated water management and water sensitive urban design throughout the built environment. This means more cool, green and blue neighbourhoods both in the future and within existing areas. I also find that stormwater often plays a key role as a constraint to projects, but can be treated as an opportunity. There are still many challenges in this industry that need to be addressed going forward in the future, and I am looking forward to being a part of this through my role with Bligh Tanner and my work on the Stormwater Queensland Committee.
There are several instances in this industry where appropriate innovation is inhibited. I will strive to challenge standards to continue the evolution of this industry, especially in this changing climate.
Another passion of mine is advocating for opportunities for women in STEM. The stormwater industry has better representation compared to other industries, however, we would all benefit from greater diversity and opportunities to grow in this industry.