Water Conservation SDSE Boroondara City



Saturday 3rd March 2018




Parkview Room, 340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell VIC
Sponsored by City of Boroondara

The ATA is happy to present Speed Date a Sustainability Expert in partnership with Boroondara City Council. Join us for a fun and informative day where you will receive free personalised advice from leading water conservation sustainability experts.

Please email [email protected] if you have any queries.


The Sustainability Experts

  • Advanced Waste Water Systems – Sam Milani

    Sam spent the first 14 years of his career working on large scale International agricultural and commercial landscape irrigation projects. Among the many international projects Sam worked on are Gololcha Project Ethiopia (13,000 ha of agriculture land development) and Haifa Israel, Mount carmel baha’I project (known as the tenth wonder of the world)

    In Australia he worked as a consultant engineer for 2 years for the WA department of Agriculture for 2 years, Managed Netafim Australia Landscape irrigation division for 5 years and In the past 14 years has been the managing director and owner of two companies: Water design International (irrigation & drainage consultancy) & Advanced Waste Water Systems (Grey water manufacturer)

    Sam Is a certified Irrigation designer and a certified Irrigation Auditor. Sam is also an inventor, has developed a couple of award winning innovative products, and owns several registered patents.

  • ATA – Greg Walters

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    Greg Walters has a thorough background in engineering and teaching across many disciplines. With his extensive knowledge and skill base, he has a holistic approach to design, problem solving and trouble-shooting, providing practical solutions. Since 2009 Greg has been involved in residential sustainability assessment and energy auditing. After personally undertaking a retrofit to his 1929 Californian bungalow (including rain harvesting, vegetable gardens, grey water use, solar PV, draught proofing, double glazing, insulation improvements etc), in 2013 he was awarded the City of Whitehorse “Sustainable Household of the Year”.

  • ATA – Michael O’Connell

    Michael OConnell

    Michael O’Connell is an Alternative Technology Association (ATA) technical specialist with a long history in public education and presentation around sustainable living topics. Michael has over 25 years’ experience in the Telecommunications, IT, Construction and Renewable Energy industries. He is a past president of the ATA. Michael runs a design and energy management consultancy business with a focus on sustainable development, and designed and built his own house using passive solar design principles together with solar power and integrated permaculture garden.

    Fully booked for Wyndham 2018

  • Biofilta


    Marc is a recognised expert in the area of stormwater management and water sensitive urban design. Marc has 18 years experience across all levels of stormwater industry and has held senior positions at Melbourne Water, Department of Sustainability and Environment and global engineering firm Cardno prior to joining Biofilta as its CEO. Mark can advise on low maintenance wicking gardens, growing urban food in small spaces, stormwater pollutant treatment, saving time and money by growing food at home along with integrated water management.

  • Dirtsong

    Michael Tanner

    Michael Tanner is a designer and horticulturalist with a passion for making sustainable gardens. With DirtSong he specialises in designing, creating and caring for gardens that leave the softest of footprints. Michael is a respected landscape design teacher and gardening presenter, guiding colleges, schools and communities towards greater understanding of the uniqueness of their soils, plants and landscapes.

    Michael understands the abiding wellbeing that edible, organic and naturally sustainable gardens bring to our lives. He sees these gardens as simply beautiful.

    “There’s a couple of things I really love; creating beautiful landscapes and cooking delicious food. Designing sustainable gardens is the perfect way for me to spend more time doing both.”

  • Greenly


    John Hassall has plenty of experience designing, planting and maintaining green roofs and walls, but can answer all of your garden design questions. John’s background in waste management sparked his interest in green roofs and walls because they typify modern society’s ability to overlook or waste valuable spaces. He has experience in both building and landscape management and the combination provides him with knowledge that is crucial for designing and managing green roofs and walls whose beauty lasts. John enjoys discussing all things environmental sustainability, particularly biodiversity, waste reduction, and urban agriculture. He enjoys sharing his own gardening experiences, both on the ground and on the roof.

  • Small Spaces


    Small Spaces has been designing gardens since 1997. Kathy Smalley has studied horticulture at both NMIT and Burnley College and she teaches designing gardens for small spaces at CAE in Melbourne.

    Small Spaces offers a full design service taking your project from the initial consultation right through to project management, and maintenance. Our designs are one off’s, developed to cater for each individual client’s requirements and budget.