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The EnviroKey team comprises a diverse range of professional staff and associates lead by Directors Steve Sass and Linda Sass. You can contact any of the team by using the 'Contact Us' tab on the Main Menu.
Steve Sass, Director / Principal Ecologist B.App.Sci (Env.Sci) (Hons) CEnvP, Practicing Member ECANSW
Steve is the Principal Ecologist at EnviroKey. He is a highly experienced Ecologist having undertaken hundreds of terrestrial and aquatic ecological surveys across Australia since 1992. He has an in-depth working knowledge of environmental and biodiversity legislation having completed projects in NSW, QLD, WA, Vic, TAS, SA and NT. This allows Steve to deliver detailed and accurate assessments and provide practical solutions to clients and specific projects depending on potential impacts. Steve has wide-ranging expertise on a variety of projects from single house developments to catchment and landscape scale surveys and assessments and major projects including Mining and Energy projects such as wind farms and gas pipelines.
Steve is also a respected Herpetologist and provides advice, research and assessment on frogs and reptiles across Australia. Previous and current research holds Steve in high regard within both the scientific and ecological consultants' community. To date, Steve has published, submitted or has in preperation, twenty-four manuscripts within peer-reviewed scientific journals, most of which are related to threatened species survey, monitoring or management.
Steve brings to each project his extensive ecological and biodiversity expertise across all Australian states, his previous scientific background as an Ecological Consultant and Technical Officer with Charles Sturt University and his accreditation as a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.
Linda Sass, Director / Ecologist B.Gen. St (Sci) (ongoing), B.Arts (Vis.Art), Dip.Ed (Secondary)
Linda is an experienced Ecologist who has been conducting flora and fauna surveys across southern and western NSW since 2005. Linda has experience in preparing Flora and Fauna Assessments and Plans of Management. These include the preperation of a Plan of Management for threatened flora on the NSW south coast which included mapping the population extent, identifying potential threats, and the development a series of actions for implementation. Other recent projects that Linda has completed include target threatened flora surveys near Tumut where she identified a population of the threatened plant Swainsona sericea, a Flora and Fauna Assessment for a Digital TV Tower at Merimbula and Flora surveys for a pipeline near Broken Hill and an existing mining operation near Nyngan.
.Joshua Wellington, Senior Project Officer / Botanist, B.Sc.(Env)
Joshua is an experienced Environmental Consultant with specific expertise in large infrastructure projects and bush regeneration. He has managed numerous lineal infrastructure developments including electricity networks, pipelines and road upgrades. Joshua is also an experienced Botanist and his expertise in the woodlands of NSW and Victoria are regularly drawn upon for ecology assessments, Review of Environmental Factors, and environmental assessments. His recent project exerience includes a communications upgrade at Oakey Airport in QLD, target flora surveys near Bathurst, an environmental assessment at Broken Hill, and numerous road upgrades across the NSW South coast.
Simone Harvey, Project Officer / Ecologist, B.Sc.
Simone joined the EnviroKey team in 2013 after working extensively with the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology at the University of Melbourne. Here, Simone worked on a number of projects including large infrastructure developments such as the Hume Highway Duplication. Simone was also involved in numerous ecology projects including "Linking Melbourne's Microbats" where she trapped and banded microbats, completed habitat assessments and facilitated community field days. She also has extensive experience with the threatened Squirrel Glider having working with NSW Roads and Maritime Services and Vic Roads to determine local populations that may be affected by proposed infrastructure. Since joining EnviroKey, Simone has completed a number of ecology assessments including a Microchiropteran Bat Assessment of a timber bridge, a Grey-crowned Babbler study near Nyngan, a proposed bridge rehabilitation crossing the Murray River near Albury, and a 20km track in Kosciuoszko National Park.
Aimee Curtis, Research & Field Assistant, AssocDeg. App. Sci (Parks, Recreation & Heritage)
Aimee is a natural resource manager with extensive experience in desktop research, the preperation of proposals and management plans and ecological field surveys. Previous to joining the EnviroKey team, Aimee was the Project Coordinator for 'Panboola', a 77ha area of floodplain that comprises a series of diverse estuarine and freshwater wetlands on the Pambula River Floodplan where she managed vegetation and habitat restoration projects and coordinated a large group of volunteers. Her recent project experience with EnviroKey includes field surveys for microchiropteran bats at 99 derelict mine shafts in southern NSW and a proposed road upgrade near Tumbarumba.
Kylie Blain, Senior Ecologist, AssocDeg. App. Sci (Parks, Recreation & Heritage)
Kylie is a highly experienced ecologist who has completed almost 100 surveys across eastern and southern Australia for biodiversity studies and environmental assessments for various government agencies, industries and developers and communities. She is well conservant in traditional and non-traditional survey methodologies and is responsible for developing survey designs for many of our projects. Her most recent projects include a specialist Biodiversity Assessment of a population of the endangered Merimbula Star-hair whe Kylie developed a range of strategies to ensure that the proposed development would minimise impacts to this endangered species while maximising development potential.
Caroline Metzler, Botanist B.Sc (Comm) (Hons), Practicing Member ECANSW
Caroline is an experienced Botanist and Field Ecologist having completed surveys in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and WA since 2005. In the field, Caroline's botanical skills make her a valuable part of the ecological team. She is highly conversant with the flora and vegetation communities of NSW, but her knowledge of plant families and genera have seen Caroline lead many botanical surveys in other regions.
Her expertise in ecological assessment has lead to Caroline playing important roles in gaining development approval for mining and exploration projects including the preperation of Ecological Assessments, Management Plans, Plans of Operation and Government referrals. Her recent exerience includes numerous Ecological and Biodiversity Assessments including an upgrade of the Princes Highway, residential developments in the Eurobodalla and Shoalhaven LGA and infrastructure construction projects in Tasmania, WA and Queensland.
Mark Harris, Botanist/Biobanking Assessor/GIS Specialist (EnviroKey Associate) B.App.Sci.(Env.Res.Mgt) , Practicing Member ECANSW
Mark is a highly experienced Botanist having undertaken flora surveys across eastern and central Australia since 2000. He has extensive experience with the flora and vegetation communities of the NSW south coast, southern tablelands, south-west slopes, Sydney basin, north coast and western NSW. This high level of expertise resulted in Mark becoming accredited as a Biobanking Assessor (Accred. No. 0062) which allows him to complete biobanking calculations and assessments under Part 7A of the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. His most recent project being biobanking calculations for a 400km long electricity infrastruce project in northern NSW. His onground expertise with threatened ecological communities and threatened and significant flora allow Mark to complete detailed condition analysis to inform assessments and the development of appropriate mitigation measures and management strategies.
Mark is also a highly experienced GIS Specialist and his expertise in the ArcMap Geographic Information System allows him to provide quality GIS mapping, spatial statistic and map production.
Gerard Neimoeller, Archaeologist (EnviroKey Associate) B.A.(Hons) (Archaeology/Anthropology) (Principal Heritage Consultant of Onsite Cultural Heritage Management)
Gerard is the Principal Heritage Cnsultant of Onsite Cultural Heritage Management Pty. Ltd. based in Narooma, NSW. Gerard has 15 years professional experience in the fields of archaeology and cultural heritage management in New South Wales, Northern Territory and Western Australia. This includes professional experience in the consulting and industry sectors, Australian, Northern Territory and NSW Local Governments. Having broad experience across different sectors means Gerard has attained a proficient understanding of the heritage legislative framework and how to develop and apply appropriate cultural heritage management strategies that will best assist clients.
Gerard has collaborated on numerous projects with EnviroKey including a Historic Heritage Assessment for proposed safety works at a number of derelict mine shafts in NSW, Aboriginal and Historic Assessment of the White Leeds Effluent Pipeline at Broken Hill and a Due Diligence Investigation for the Protection of Aboriginal Objects and Preliminary Historic Heritage Assessment for a proposed mineral exploration project in Nombinnie State Conservation Area in western NSW.