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Sustainable Future for WA

Sustainability in WA

Please join us for our next Alumni Innovator Series event on Wednesday 19 July 2017 as we take a closer look on Sustainability in Western Australia with a panel of alumni and staff experts.

With the ultimate goal of securing our resources for future generations without compromising the needs of the present, Sustainability has fast become a global mindset and agenda item. Many organisations and individuals have joined the fight, but how exactly is our community working towards a more sustainable future, and why is it so important?

We are honoured to have five prominent Curtin community members lead this conversation and share their knowledge:

  • Ms Amanda Davies, Senior Fellow of Geography at Curtin University, as Master of Ceremonies
  • Mr Peter Moore, Curtin alumnus and former long-time Chief Executive Officer of the Water Corporation
  • Dr Sarita Bennett, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University
  • Mr Hamish Jolly, Curtin alumnus and Director at Biogass Renewables
  • Mr James Coghill, Curtin alumnus and Director at Total Green Recycling

Following their individual presentations, our four guest speakers will join together for a Q&A panel discussion with our audience.

We hope you can join us at this event.

Event details

DATE Wednesday 19 July 2017

5.30pm - 6.00pm: Registration and light refreshments
6.00pm - 7.30pm: Presentations and panel discussion
7.30pm - 8.00pm: Light refreshements


Engineering Pavilion
Building 215, Curtin University
Kent St, Bentley WA 6102


Parking is available in D3 carpark


$15 (includes refreshments)


By Wednesday 12 July 2017


Register now


Mr Peter Moore PSM
Assoc Civil Eng, GradDip Mgmt, CP Eng, FIE Aust, GAICD, MAWA
President, Australian Water Association
General Manager, Operations Group, Water Corporation


Mr Moore has a long history in the water industry commencing in 1970. He was the Project Manager for the establishment of the Water Corporation in 1996 when he joined the Executive Team as a General Manager, and held the position of Chief Operating Officer between October 2006 and June 2015. He became General Manager, Operations Group as a result of a company restructure and in August 2016 became the chair of the Aroona and PRA ALT’s. Mr Moore has a wealth of experience across all sectors of the water industry and a particular interest in governance issues. He attended the Harvard University Advanced Management Program in 1998. Mr Moore was the President of the Australian Water Association and was Chair of their Succession Planning Committee, he remains on the Board. 


Dr Sarita Bennett
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtin University


Sarita is a Researcher within Centre for Crop and Disease Management, focusing on the management of sclerotinia in canola, and ascochyta blight in legumes. Sarita has been the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Agribusiness degree at Curtin University for the past three years, and runs the ‘Sustainable Agriculture Systems and Food Security’ unit, amongst others. Sarita completed both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Birmingham, UK. Have subsequently worked at the University of Western Australia, Perth and the University of Wales, Bangor, UK before joining Curtin University in 2010. Her main areas of expertise are in pasture and crop ecology, genetics and agronomy (G by E by M); farming systems analysis; farming saline landscapes and the tolerance of pasture and crop species to the environmental constraints present in saline land; the agronomic development of alternative crops, new pasture species and perennial fodder shrubs. Skills in spatial analysis, geographical information systems and biometrics are used in combination with field, and glasshouse studies.


Dr Amanda Davies
Senior Research Fellow, School of Built Environment, Curtin University


Amanda Davies is a Senior Research Fellow in Geography in Curtin’s School of Built Environment. She researches population demographics and migration, leadership and community development and planning issues. Amanda is an applied researcher and focuses on generating policy relevant outcomes from her work. She has partnered with industry and government to complete studies on issues related to regional and rural change, city growth, community adaptation, leadership and socio-economic viability. She is currently involved in research examining the role of leadership, volunteering and social innovation in promoting sustainable adaptation in societies.


Mr Hamish Jolly
Managing Director, Biogass Renewables
Co-founder and Non-Executive Director, Shark Mitigation Systems


Hamish Jolly (B. Bus, ACANZ, MAICD) graduated from Curtin University in 1989 and has become a pioneer in the commercialisation and development of technology. He is the Managing Director of Biogass Renewables, delivering bioenergy infrastructure in Australia, and co-founder and Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed Shark Mitigation Systems. He is an experienced speaker on technology, including a recent TED Talk (Ideas Worth Sharing) on rated in one of the curated top ten lists at TED (rating over 2 million views). In 2006 Hamish was awarded in the WA Business News 40 Under 40 Awards for business leadership under 40 years of age. As a Chartered Accountant, his background is in commerce, finance, technology and environment.

His former roles include National CEO of Australia’s largest environmental NGO, Greening Australia and Director of Group Strategy and Mergers/Acquisitions at Bankwest. He also developed and managed projects in the commercial delivery of Australia’s bilateral aid program in the Asia Pacific Region. Hamish served as a Board Member of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (Kings Park) for 8 years in addition to other commercial board roles.


Mr James Coghill
Director, Total Green Recycling

James Coghill

James Coghill (29) co-founded an electronics recycling company, Total Green Recycling Pty Ltd (TGR), with his brother at just 20 years old. Seven years, late, TGR has prospered, now recycling the majority of the WA market. With a strong commitment to the triple bottom line, James helped create a business that benefits the community on a social, environmental and economic level. In particular, James has focused on the benefit TGR could have on West Australians.

In 2009, TGR began employing the long-term unemployed and providing people with disabilities with an opportunity for stable employment. Since 2009, TGR has employed over 130 West Australians, the majority of them being long-term unemployed.

James is passionate about educating the community on the environmental benefits of recycling electronics in WA. In addition to making regular appearances in the media both print and film, including a TV mini series on electronic recycling. James regularly conducts free tours of TGR's facility for rate payers and schools who use our service.