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IWC Water Leadership Program scholarships awarded

Seven scholarships - three full and four partial scholarships - have been awarded for the Water Leadership Program, beginning in December 2014.

IWC LogoInternational WaterCentre Leadership Scholarship

  • One full ($10,000) scholarship for a water professional currently working on integrated water management projects in Australia.

Brad MoggridgeBradley Moggridge

Program Manager Aboriginal Water Initiative, NSW Office of Water

Bradley is a Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation (North-West NSW) from a large and proud extended family. He grew up in Western Sydney and now lives in Canberra. He has university qualifications in Hydrogeology from UTS and Environmental Science from ACU.

Brad is currently employed by NSW Office of Water as the Team Leader Aboriginal Water Initiative, and is honoured to lead the only dedicated Aboriginal water unit in Australia. The program aims to enhance the Aboriginal communities’ awareness of water planning and management and improve the capacity for water planning instruments to provide opportunities for Aboriginal people to better access water.

Brad has an ambition of leading in his area of expertise and also promoting Aboriginal Traditional Science (culturally appropriately) and finding commonalities with Western Science so this can influence policy and the way we manage the Australian landscape.

"My current position of leading the Aboriginal Water Initiative is very exciting as we are still the only dedicated Aboriginal water unit in Australia, and have a great opportunity to make difference for Aboriginal people in NSW in regard to water management and planning.

"There are many challenges ahead for the AWI program and me as the team leader, including future funding bids, maintaining the capacity and drive of staff, building the numbers of the team and influencing water planning instruments. So I am excited to be part of the IWC Water Leadership Program which will provide me with the extra tools to be a better leader and to influence water policy and management at a senior level and also interact with other water leaders to share experiences and swap ideas."



Melbourne Water logo   Melbourne Water Leadership Scholarships

  • One full ($10,000) scholarship for an emerging leader in local government who is working to build capacity and drive change towards a ‘water sensitive city’ within the Melbourne Water region of Victoria.

Daniella GerenteDaniella Gerente

Water Sensitive Cities Project Engineer, Knox City Council, Victoria

Daniella has been the Water Sensitive Cities Project Engineer at Knox City Council for the last four years, during this time helping to repositioning Council as one of the top three Council in Metropolitan Melbourne in the area of Water Sensitive Urban Design, through the creation and implementation of a Water Sensitive Urban Design and Stormwater Management Strategy (2010) and the establishment of key relationships with Melbourne Water, The University of Melbourne, Monash University and various contractors.

"I hope to improve my communication and engagement skills to work towards creating a Water Sensitive Municipality with Water Sensitive Citizens."


  • One full ($10,000) scholarship for an emerging leader in Melbourne Water who is working to build capacity and drive change towards a ‘water sensitive city’ within the Melbourne Water region of Victoria.

Rachelle AdamowiczRachelle Adamowicz

Stormwater Regional Coordinator, Melbourne Water

Rachelle is a Stormwater Regional Coordinator in the Living Rivers program at Melbourne Water. Rachelle partners with local government in the inner-Metro and North-East of Melbourne to deliver water sensitive urban design and Stormwater management projects that lead to multiple benefits and waterway health.

After completing her Bachelor of Arts with majors in Philosophy and Sociology, Rachelle soon returned to Monash University to complete her Masters in Environment and Sustainability. While completing her Masters, Rachelle worked as a Research Officer with the School of Geography and Environmental Science and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRC) between 2010 and 2013. Rachelle then wrote her Masters’ thesis with supervision from the CRC where she developed a societal needs framework for liveability and undertook research on the contribution of water sensitive urban design on liveability.

"Developing strong leadership skills are a vital component for influencing the delivery of integrated and sustainable water management projects. The IWC Water Leadership program is a great opportunity to obtain some important skills in becoming a more effective leader."


  • Two half ($5,000) scholarships for emerging leaders in local government who are working to build capacity and drive change towards a ‘water sensitive city’ within the Melbourne Water region of Victoria.

Vivienne Fraser Vivienne Fraser

Environment Planner, Maroondah City Council, Victoria

Vivienne has worked at Maroondah Council on a wide range of environmental projects but has been working on water sensitive issues for three years.

“I am currently overseeing the production of Council’s Water Sensitive City Strategy and am charged with its implementation, starting in 2015.

"There are so many ways to improve liveability using water management. I am excited by the possibilities across the City of Maroondah and beyond and look forward to working across Council and with the community and service agencies to realise these.

"I plan to use the leadership skills I’ll learn to maintain momentum from the Strategy development to empower new and effective approaches to address  water issues holistically and in a sustained way.

"If those involved can see and own opportunities to do their work in a better way too, then we can all lead the way to a better future.”

Urmi Buragohain

Urmi Buragohain

Principal Strategic Planner, Kingston City Council, Victoria

Urmi has a background in architecture and 10 years’ experience working in the public sector in three countries – Australia, India and Qatar.

During her professional career, Urmi has been involved in a range of urban planning projects with a focus on place making – from city master plans and structure plans to urban design frameworks. A recurring theme in the projects she has been involved with relates to how water influences and shapes the built environment. Currently, she is assisting Kingston’s transition to a water sensitive city through an initiative that seeks to develop mechanisms to implement a precinct-based approach to stormwater management.

“I see the IWC Water Leadership program as a unique and timely opportunity for me to explore how to lead and influence water-centric thinking and practical adoption pathways to support water sensitive cities,” Urmi said. “It is a great privilege to be part of this program and be offered the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners in the field”.


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Healthy Waterways Erosion and Sediment Control Leadership Scholarships


Healthy Waterways, with the support of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, is pleased to partner with the IWC Water Leadership Program to provide these scholarship opportunities.

Our waterways underpin our lifestyle and our economy. Within urban areas, most waterway managers agree that sediment pollution from construction activities is a significant threat to waterway health.  Improving erosion and sediment control (ESC) on construction sites is not a technological challenge, but rather a behavioural challenge.

These scholarships support our combined efforts to achieve healthy waterways for a healthy economy by raising industry and community awareness about the impacts and solutions for sediment pollution from construction sites.

Healthy Waterways is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working with government, industry and the community to protect and improve South East Queensland’s waterways. For more information, visit


  • One half ($5,000) scholarship for an emerging leader in local government within the South East Queensland (SEQ) region who is working to build capacity and drive change to improve the standard of erosion and sediment control in SEQ.

Emma O'Neill Emma O’Neill

Senior Water Resources Officer, Ipswich City Council, Queensland

Emma is an environmental planner who has worked on water management issues in Australia and New Zealand since 2004. Key projects include groundwater allocation, considering impacts of urban storm water on receiving environments, sustainable surface water extraction regimes, working with varied stakeholders on catchment revegetation projects, considering the impacts of oil exploration on the water cycle, and storm water quality offsets. Most recently Emma has been working to establish an integrated water policy framework for Ipswich City Council.

Emma enjoys working with a range of different professional disciplines and stakeholders to reach shared outcomes, and has recently been appointed to lead the Ipswich City Council’s Integrated Water Unit. This team brings together staff working on storm water management, waterway heath and floodplain management.

“I am looking forward to participating in the Water Leadership program to develop new and improved skills so that I can influence change and play a role in finding solutions to some of the big issues facing water management in South East Queensland. I’m also looking forward to the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other water professionals.”


  • One half ($5,000) scholarship for an emerging leader in local government in Queensland who is working to build capacity and drive change to improve the standard of erosion and sediment control in Queensland.

Jason Lange Jason Lange

Team Leader, Townsville City Council Integrated Sustainability Services Water Cycle Unit, Queensland

Jason has over 10 years’ experience as an environmental professional working chiefly on whole of water cycle system management within Townsville City Council and energy management interventions in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Jason has cooperatively led Soil Erosion and Sediment Control training in Townsville for the past 6 years and is proud to be working on building industry capacity in construction phase stormwater management. He has a passion for waterway preservation and promoting regional approaches to stormwater planning, regulation and implementation.  

"I hope to cooperate and work with like-minded professionals to help uncover meaningful pathways to stormwater management outcomes for my home state of Queensland.  Working on improving my communication and leaderships skills through this program can assist me in delivering the best version of myself to the Townsville community and our teams."



About the IWC Water Leadership Program

The next intake will start in December 2014 (program duration: 9 months). The program is supported by the Australian Water Association (AWA) and the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). Read more

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