For most projects, the focus is on environmental features such as soil, vegetation, slope and drainage. These features are assessed in relation to the proposed development and relevant legislative requirements. However, it’s our people that are most important ingredient to the process. Sean and Kate are both qualified environmental scientists with over 20 years’ professional experience, and together they have established a reputable network of industry professionals and regulatory bodies.
Harris Environmental Consulting (HEC) understands the fast moving nature of the industry – which is why we ensure all projects feature the most up-to date knowledge, requirements and technology. Furthermore, Sean and Kate have the skills to communicate every step of the process in a way that is easy to absorb.
Whatever the setting, Harris Environmental Consulting is the team to get the job done.
The Harris Team
Partner, Director & Principal Environmental Consultant
M: 0403 237 072
Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture), Post Graduate Diploma’s in Natural Resource Management, Design for Bushfire Prone Areas, Environmental Management for Business (Herts) and in Bushfire Protection.
Kate is currently undertaking her Masters in Design for Bushfire Prone Areas at UWS.
Kate is an Accredited Practitioner BPAD – Level 2 (NSW) and have provided more than 400 Bushfire assessments and BAL reports over the last 4 years to builders, developers, surveyors, planners, architects and the general public.
These reports include:
- Rezoning Proposals for RU1 Rural landscape to be rezoned to R5- large Lot Residential;
- Special Fire Protection Purpose Developments including day hospital, surgeries, cabins, wedding venues, schools, eco cabins and places of Public Worship;
- Subdivision proposals range from 2 lots to 100 lots both rural residential and urban release;
- Certified BAL certificates for both single house lots and industrial;
- Infill for 79BA;
- Alternate solutions for infill- including access design, water supply and Flame Zone;
- Bushfire Evacuation Emergency Plans consistent with the RFS Guidelines for the Preparation of Emergency/Evacuation Plan, and in consultation with the local RFS Control Centre’s;
- Reports for Class 5,6 & 7 proposals including large industrial development, aquaponics ventures and fire wood supply business.
Kate works to find a solution for her clients so that:
- the regulative requirements are satisfied;
- the clients understand the implications of the risk;
- the bushfire risk is managed at the appropriate level.
Kate enjoys working with people who are trying to achieve a dream and Kate especially enjoys the problem solving throughout the process.
Partner, Director & Principal Environmental Consultant
M: 0425 335 245
Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture), Graduate Diploma in Natural Resources Management and Masters of Environmental Science.
Sean’s passion and expertise in on site wastewater management, floating treatment wetlands and water quality management. Sean started his career with the NSW Soil Conservation Service in 1990, working in Western NSW as a soil and vegetation specialist. Sean’s core expertise since 1997 has been on site wastewater management, working on a diverse range of domestic, commercial and local government projects, comprising over 3000 site.
Between 2001 and 2003 in the United Kingdom, he was a Senior Environmental Scientist, specialising in Sustainable Urban Drainage System, our equivalent of Water Sensitive Urban Drainage. In this role, Sean worked closely with specialists in constructed wetlands that included the beginning of the floating treatment wetland, which has since become a recognised Best Management Practice for water quality management around the world. Since 2005, Sean has been developing a floating wetland system, based on his trials and commercial installations. He remains committed to developing a an ecologically resilient system that supports true, emergent wetland species.
M: 0423 659 416
Qualifications: Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (UOW)
Phillip Baird is the lead environmental engineer at Harris Environmental Consulting. Phillip began his role as an undergraduate environmental engineer with Harris Environmental Consulting in 2014 and has since graduated from the University of Wollongong. Phillip has continued to develop his career with Harris Environmental, by becoming a registering member of Engineers Australia, pursing his Chartered Professional Status to become nationally recognised leader in his field, abiding to a high standard of professionalism, leadership, quality and safety.
Phillips core experiences with Harris Environmental Consulting include soil and water management, flood and stormwater management, onsite wastewater management and project management. Phillip is highly skilled in the use of the most up to date technologies with additional qualifications in Computer Aided Drafting software such as AutoCAD, and hydraulic & hydrologic modelling software such as DRAINS. Further technologies include the use of HEC-RAS for two and one dimensional flood analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for remote analysis and data visualisation, MUSIC for water quality management and ENVI (Environment for Visualising Images) for analysis of satellite/spatial imagery.
Consulting Environmental Scientist
P: (02) 4236 0954
Qualifications: Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honors) majoring in Land Resources. Letara is currently undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Protection at UWS.
Letara is being mentored by Kate Harris in providing Bushfire Assessments. Letara particularly enjoys environmental problem solving.
P: 0413 160 411
Qualifications: Pichamon Sarakan is an Environmental Engineer at Harris Environmental Consulting. Pichamon assumed her position in the beginning of 2017, specialising in soil, water and on site wastewater management.
Pichamon eagerly keeps informed of the latest technologies and engineering software available to ensure solutions are delivered effectively to our clients.
Her expertise in using CAD software including Draftsight, one and two dimensional flood analysis (HEC-RAS software, EPA SWMM Software) for stormwater management analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for performing analysis remotely have aided the clients in successfully meeting their objectives in a safe, ethical and high quality manner.
Office Manager (administrative service manager)
P: (02) 4236 0954
Delivering expertise, advice and integrated environmental solutions to clients in both the public and private sector
Every good project needs good groundwork. And that’s where Harris Environmental Consulting (HEC) comes in. We not only deliver expertise, advice and integrated environmental solutions to clients in both the public and private sectors. When you work with HEC, you can count on a reliable service for a competitive price. Before anything, we listen – taking the time to understand your needs and giving you our best understanding of the legislative requirements. The result is a cost effective and practical design.
The HEC team specialises in soil and water management, on-site wastewater management and storm water management. We are qualified in environmental science and bushfire engineering, as well as drawing on experiences from when we were previously employed with the NSW Soil Conservation Service and roles with various councils and other environmental consulting groups.
Over the past 12 years, we have provided a service to almost 500 clients. These include private homeowners, surveyors, architects, town planners, developers, land development consultants, councils and mining companies. HEC covers a lot of ground, consulting on projects throughout Western Sydney, the Southern Highlands, Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Far South Coast regions. The environmental management landscape – both literally and figuratively – is constantly changing, and it’s our 20+ years’ experience that allows us to assess all cases accurately and professionally.
For us, it’s all about ensuring you can proceed with complete confidence, every time. That’s the true nature of our business.