Robert Whyte

Project planning and management including surveys, mapping and on-ground work.

Robert is an Australian writer and habitat restoration consultant. His works include a practical guide to creek restoration The creek in our backyard, 2011, published by Save Our Waterways Now.

Rob has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in bushcare gained from years working in the field with Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN). He is currently SOWN's Director.

Licences, qualifications and permits:

  • Research Associate (honorary) Queensland Museum
  • Permit to collect from National Parks and other reserves, Dept of Environment and Heritage Protection
  • Certificate in Horticulture, Support Natural Area Conservation TAFE
  • Postgraduate Diploma Professional Art Studies, University of Western Sydney
  • Brushcutting training
  • Fire hydrant, standpipe use permit
  • Herbicide ACDC commercial operator's licence for use of a mechanical spray unit
  • Current blue card

Sarah-Jane Abbott


Sarah-Jane assists in all areas of communication including planning and policy development, with specialist skills in school and community education.

She has excellent people and risk-management skills gained from eight years working with staff and children in primary schools and a good understanding of sustainability issues gained through volunteering at Northey Street City Farm.

Sarah-Jane is passionate about introducing children to Australian bush foods through school gardens.

Licences, qualifications and permits

  • Bachelor Arts, Chinese & English, University of Queensland
  • Cert IV Small Business Management
  • Cert III Children's Services
  • Senior First Aid
  • Current blue card

John Marnane

Planning, strategy, scientific surveys, on-ground works

John's lifelong interest in environmental management has been informed by his experience in country North Queensland where he lived, studied and worked in the 1960s and 70s.

As a secondary school teacher John taught science, a career path aligning with his interests in nature conservation, biodiversity and the study of evolutionary processes in our environment.

He currently manages 230 acres of sub-tropical rainforest in a nature reserve near Mapleton Falls.

Licences, qualifications and permits

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma, Industrial Relations
  • Science Teacher, Education Queensland
  • Chainsaw operations (Levels 1 & 2)

Dick Harding

Resource management, on-ground works

Dick Harding helps manage SOWN's nursery in The Gap, propagating locally-native plants for habitat restoration. '

Dick has been part of the leadership group managing SOWN's Arthur Gorrie Plant Propagation Partnership, a program helping SOWN double its output in 2012.

SOWN will soon surpass 60,000 locally-native plants per year for creek rehabilitation in the Enoggera catchment.

Licences, qualifications and permits

  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Maths, University of Queensland
  • Advanced herbicide use
  • Brushcutting training

Adam Richardt

Policy, planning, government liaison, on-ground works

Adam has extensive experience in on-ground environmental rehabilitation and highly-developed skills in environmental and natural resource management policy, contract management and administration.
He has worked as a field officer for Greening Australia (1998-2000) and Policy Officer with the Environment Protection Agency, Queensland Government, before becoming State Bushcare Coordinator for Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service in 2002-2003.

From 2006-2012 Adam worked as Principal Policy Officer in various sectors with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

Adam has experience in landscaping both professionally and as a local bushcare volunteer. He has a special interest in frog pond creation and native endemic species.

Adam recently left the public sector to pursue habitat restoration activities.

Licences, qualifications and permits

  • Bachelor of Economics, University of Queensland
  • Master of Social Science (Economics) Thesis: The Economics of Permaculture
  • Chainsaw Operations (Level 1&2)
  • Use of Pesticides, Herbicides (FEA2.25, and FEA2.3).