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 sdse@ata.org.au 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.  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.

  • Beyond Shelter

    Carmel is a long-standing educator and multi-disciplined designer with a broad range of experience in sustainable urban gardens. She consults and designs for private clients, has co-designed an award-winning sustainable community garden and recently completed two courses – Environmental Education and Complete Urban Farming – at the renown, multi-award winning CERES Environment Park. Her particular interest and expertise is in the use of repurposed materials, water-efficient gardens, permaculture design principles, small exterior spaces and vertical gardens.

    Fully booked for Banyule 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.

    Fully booked for Boroondara 2018

  • Dirtsong

    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.”

    Fully booked for Boroondara 2018

  • Full Potential Landscapes

    Over the past 15 years, Chris has been designing and constructing natural sustainable landscapes, specialising in natural pools, billabongs, aquaponics, and edible and native gardens. Every element in his designs are based on a close loop system, which incorporates the importance of natural cycles and water conservation.

    Travelling extensively throughout Europe viewing Natural pools from small backyards to large commercial pools. It was here where he gained the expertise in how to effectively implement the technology and successfully construct here in Australia. Chris is the Victorian representative for natural pool construction. He has a passion for permaculture, and aims to create gardens that are not only aesthetically beautiful but are also multi-functional with areas for recreational purposes, are environmental friendly and can produce food for the family.

    Fully booked for Boroondara 2018

  • Greenly – John Hassall

    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.

    John 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.

    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.

  • Renew – Michael O’Connell

    Michael O’Connell is a Renew 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 Renew and runs a design and energy management consultancy business with a focus on sustainable development.

    Michael designed and built his own house using passive solar design principles together with solar power and integrated permaculture garden.

    Dates with this expert are fully booked for this event. 

  • renew/ATA – Greg Walters

    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”.

    Fully booked for Boroondara 2018

  • renew/ATA – John Knox

    John joined ATA as a Technical Specialist in 2008. He has presented talks to many audiences and offers advice to members on water efficiency, energy efficiency and technology for a sustainable future. Passionate about sustainability, in 2010 he rode around Australia on his bicycle educating people about home energy efficiency and climate change. John can provide hands on information on how to reduce your water usage in your home.

    Fully booked for Banyule 2018

  • Sarah Hardgrove – Wildgrove Horticulture

    Sarah is a horticulturalist and landscape designer with experience in ground level gardens, green roofs and walls. Passionate about sustainable gardening, urban agriculture, urban greening and enhancing biodiversity, she loves sharing her knowledge to encourage more people to connect with plants and nature. Sarah works as horticulturalist at Bulleen Art & Garden, and runs her own consulting, design and maintenance business, Wildgrove Horticulture. She conducts regular workshops for councils and in schools on a variety of gardening and environment related topics.

    Sorry, this expert is fully booked, you may register your interest on the waiting list.

  • Small Spaces

    Kate started dabbling in gardens and design over 20 years ago, working on her own small space, a very long narrow south west courtyard.  It was such a challenge that it inspired a career change into horticulture. Kate knows small spaces inside and out, she knows how to make a garden look good and function.  Small spaces need to work hard to pack everything in, and she knows how to achieve it.

    Her designs incorporate local indigenous plants, Australian natives, and exotics.   She likes her client’s individual tastes to dictate the direction of the garden and then use the most appropriate plants and materials to achieve the end result.  Sustainable practices are threaded through the whole process, from soil preparation, use of local materials, planting, efficient irrigation, and, recycling.

  • Smart Water Shop – Gary Andrews

    Since 1988 Gary Andrews has been working with Smart Water to supply water solutions to households, businesses, sporting clubs and government organisations all over Victoria. Smart Water Corporation specialise in the design, supply and installation of water efficient irrigation systems, rainwater harvesting and recycling systems, water pumps, drought tolerant lawns and many other water efficient products and services.

    Gary is passionate about water efficiency and conducts many training sessions to students, clients, industry peers, and speaks to groups from allied industries across Melbourne. 

    Sorry, FULLY BOOKED FOR BANYULE 2020 – Waiting List only