Environmental Planning and Waste Management Sydney

Chloe Rich

Senior Consultant

Chloe has 10 years’ experience working in the fields of biological sciences, environmental planning and monitoring. She has held positions both in the private sector and within government.

Beginning her career as an environmental consultant in Brisbane, Chloe was involved in a range of projects including groundwater monitoring; acid sulphate soil assessments; flora and fauna monitoring; water quality testing, and marine macro-invertebrate sampling. Chloe also implemented the monitoring and testing program for the BP Oil Refinery (Brisbane) wastewater treatment system.

In 2009, Chloe joined the QLD Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation within the Fisheries Queensland Planning and Assessment unit, where her major responsibility was, the management of the fisheries approvals process for the multi-billion dollar Liquefied Natural Gas and coal terminal developments within the Gladstone region. Chloe also initiated the development of a scheme involving a local catchment management group, to better manage and utilise funding received for fish habitat offsets. The scheme would allow community groups to pool funds from multiple offsets; therefore, allocating funds more strategically, providing greater benefits to fisheries resources.

In the following years, Chloe worked across a number of projects for the QLD Department of Environment and Resource Management’s Reef Policy Unit, including the Sugarcane Compliance Program, Reef Protection Science Program and Weed Management Project. She was heavily involved in a range of stakeholder engagement activities to support and inform the different programs and to develop strategies that would guide future policy and spending on extension and education activities to those affected by the policies.

More recently, Chloe worked as an Environmental Planner for Hunter Water’s Dams and Catchment team where she was responsible for monitoring daily activities associated with dam operation to identify issues that could result in non-compliance; implementing appropriate remedial actions; and preparing reports for Hunter Water management and the NSW Office of Water following incidents of non-compliance.

Since 2016, Chloe has worked across teaching support teams for the University of Wollongong’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences (SEALS), and the fieldwork support team for SEALS.