Sam is an environmental scientist with over 10 years' experience in the environmental sector working predominantly as a consultant to Government and Private clients including some of the world's largest resources companies and port authorities. During this time Sam has acted in various roles ranging from project management to providing technical advice and guidance.
Sam's primary area of experience is coastal development where he has been technical lead and project manager for several port and marina developments, dredging strategies, and other infrastructure such as seawalls and groynes. Sam has worked on projects spanning the eastern seaboard and pacific islands and with inputs encompassing management of complex approvals processes and impact assessments, development and implementation of baseline and impact water quality monitoring programs, designing Sediment Sampling and Analysis Programs, and marine plant surveys. Outside of coastal development Sam has also been involved in several linear infrastructure and mining projects including the Houghton Highway Duplication, Southern Regional Water Pipeline, Ewen Maddock Dam Water Treatment Plant, Rail, Mine and Port components of Waratah's Coals China First Project and the Dingo West and Springsure Creek Coal Mines.
Recently Sam has been heavily involved in the development of the Port of Abbot Point acting as Project Manager for North Queensland Bulk Ports on their capital dredging project. His responsibilities on this project included managing the inputs of multiple consultants to develop documentation for State and Commonwealth approvals (including Great Barrier Reef Marine Park approvals), leading consultation and responses to community and agency comments on the project and providing advice on approvals strategies at the General Manager and CEO level. This project gained approval from the Commonwealth in December 2013.
Sam's experience in obtaining approvals for large and small infrastructure projects has given him an excellent understanding of the legislative and planning framework for both Commonwealth and State requirements as well as the practical requirements of obtaining environmental approvals in Queensland and Australia.