The Australian & New Zealand Biosolids Partnership, or ANZBP has been created to promote and support the sustainable management of biosolids in Australia and New Zealand.
The ANZBP operates as a program within the Australian Water Association (AWA), collecting separate partner contributions to specifically support the mission of the ANZBP. Key stakeholders include water utilities in Australia and New Zealand which produce and manage biosolids, consultants and contractors involved in biosolids management, agencies responsible for regulating the management and use of biosolids, research organisations and universities, and end-users of biosolids and their representative groups.
The ANZBP has a corporate model whereby organisations from around Australia and New Zealand contribute partnership funds and all their employees are able to take advantage of member benefits.
The ANZBP is guided by an Advisory Committee comprising of a cross-section of stakeholders, which reports to the AWA Board. Current members of the Advisory Committee are:
Kelly Hopewell (Chair)
Gold Coast Water and Waste
Kelly Hopewell is the Coordinator of Process Engineering at the Gold Coast Water and Waste and has been in the water industry for over 15 years. Starting out in drinking water quality while working as a research assistant at Griffith University, she had a steep learning curve in the field of wastewater treatment once moving the Gold Coast Water in 2005. Kelly and her team are responsible for working with the operators to optimise the Gold Coast’s four sewage treatment plants, endeavouring to reduce chemical, electricity and biosolids haulage costs, while maintaining a high quality effluent. Kelly has a passion for biosolids and finding innovative ways to manage this potential resource.
With a 26 year research career, Manager Catchments, Wastewater and Environmental Sciences, Dr Alex Keegan has a wealth of expertise and has been involved in managing the lifecycle of a range of nationally and internationally funded projects. Significant work includes developing methods to validate pathogen (virus and protozoa) removal and inactivation in wastewater treatment processes and biosolids, leading to significant outcomes for SA Water and other Australian utilities. She has also managed a portfolio of Research Programs investigating Emerging Contaminants (PFAS, microplastics, AMR), Biosolids Strategy. Recycled Water Quality and Wastewater Process Optimisation and is leading COVID-19 surveillance in wastewater. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Doctor of Philosophy (Applied and Molecular Ecology). Her background includes 12 years with SA Water’s world leading laboratory arm, Australian Water Quality Centre, three as Manager Wastewater Research and three years as Senior Research Program Manager.
Watercare, Auckland, New Zealand
Rob is Watercare’s Resource Recovery Manager with a primary focus on creating beneficial reuse pathways for Auckland’s biosolids. He is developing products through his understanding of technology and the soil needs of end markets. He has over 20 years experience as a wastewater engineer and has been responsible for the planning, construction and operation of many wastewater assets. Rob also has delivered successful outcomes in complex resource consent applications for significant discharges to the environment, requiring an understanding of statutory planning frameworks and consultation with stakeholders and Iwi. His approach is to create a collaborative environment to achieve sustainable and economic outcomes.
NSW Environment Protection Authority
Peter has over 20 years’ experience in water pollution, urban water management and water quality. He is a chemical engineer and has spent most of his career working in environmental regulation. Peter is currently Manager Water and Noise Policy at the NSW Environment Protection Authority and leads a multidisciplinary team that is responsible for providing expert support to EPA regional officers on water and noise pollution, carrying out reform of policy and guidance, legislative projects and identifying and addressing emerging issues. He was previously responsible for implementation of the NSW Biosolids Guidelines.
Derek Van Rys
Derek is currently Wastewater & Residuals Improvement Manager within the Treatment business in Sydney Water. He has a small team that look to introducing new technology and driving improvements in the wastewater and biosolids processes at Sydney Water. Prior to that he was the Residuals Manager that looked after Biosolids reuse contracts.
After joining Sydney Water over 20 years ago he has worked in operations at many of the treatment plants in Sydney Water. He has been a plant manager at four plants before moving into the technical roles mentioned above. He was a AWA Biosolids Committee member from 2012 till 2014.
He has an BE in Chemical Engineering and a MEngSc in Industrial Management both from UNSW.
Ellen Tao is a senior process engineer within the Integrated Planning team in Melbourne Water. Ellen has over 15 years of experience working in the water industry. She has a strong wastewater engineering background and is now working as the biosolids beneficial reuse program project manager at Melbourne Water, with a focus on developing various biosolids reuse options to create a resilience reuse program.
She has a BE in Water and Wastewater Engineering and a MEngSc in Project Management.
Bill has an early background in agriculture, a Doctorate in Marine Science and has spent over 30 years in marine research, industrial management, and in consultancy. Bill joined the Tasmanian Water Corporation in 2009 and currently is responsible for the development of the State biosolids strategy and management program at TasWater. Bill is interested in applying innovative approaches to all aspects of biosolids management, in particular lagoon processes, biosolids recovery and handling and in the marketing and the beneficial end use of this valuable by-product of the wastewater industry.
Glenn is the founder and Managing Director of Verterra Ecological Engineering, Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Southern Queensland, and a founding member of Foresters without Borders management committee. Glenn holds degrees in forestry and biochemistry, an MBA and PhD in Molecular & Quantitative Genetics. Glenn has over 32 years’ experience in natural resource management and ecological engineering, with broad international experience including New Zealand, China, USA, England, Spain, Portugal, Malaysia, Colombia, Brazil, Tanzania and Rwanda. Glenn has particular expertise in plant water use, plant nutrition, degraded land and mine site rehabilitation, soil conservation, carbon sequestration and erosion management relevant to beneficial use of biosolids as a valuable nutrition and soil conditioning product.
As Hunter Water’s Program Lead Biosolids and Resources, Lauren is leading the development of Hunter Water’s long-term biosolids strategy. To ensure sustainable and resilient biosolids management, she recognises the need for an innovative and adaptive approach that can address future challenges and has the flexibility to embrace opportunities for improved environmental, social and economic outcomes for communities. With nearly two decades of experience in the water industry, Lauren has managed a diverse range of engineering and environmental studies, led stakeholder engagement programs and developed decision-making frameworks to incorporate a variety of financial, technical, environmental and social factors.
Queensland Urban Utilities
Peter has over 16 years’ experience at senior management and senior professional levels in operations and business management roles in the water and wastewater industry. As General Manager – Treatment & Environmental Management at Queensland Urban Utilities, Peter is accountable for the safe, reliable and efficient operation of 27 wastewater treatment plants and 22 recycled water schemes to protect the assets, people, environment and quality of water for downstream use. He has led the development of a performance driven culture to identify and capitalise on commercial opportunities and elevate customer service.