our team

OVERVIEW

IRP was established in September 2004, bringing together 25 years of experience in natural resource management and planning; focussing on bushland, wetland and water management.

With considerable technical and legislative expertise in these fields, our consultants understand that the effective integration of expert knowledge from engineers, scientists, industry, policy makers and the community is key to the success of any sustainable solution.

Liza and Laura have been known separately within Government wetland circles for many years. Together, they offer a blend of planning and land management skills to complement their natural ability to work with all personalities.

LIZA SCHAEPER

MASTERS OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY - 2000); BUSH REGENERATION CERTIFICATE (TAFE - 1992); BSC - GEOGRAPHICAL ECOLOGY (UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES - 1991)

Liza developed a specialty in Sydney bushland while working in delivery of on-ground projects. Her knowledge of local plant communities led to her appointment on a team mapping the vegetation of the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment with the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Liza spent 10 years with the Department of Planning managing the natural resource SEPPs, undertaking EIA for developments in wetlands and developing strategic environmental planning policy. Liza left the NSW public service in 2004 to set up IRPEC with Laura.

In 2007/2008 Liza worked across a range of wetland projects. Liza developed a Wetland Rehabilitation Prioritisation Technique for the SMCMA, and worked closely with the coastal CMAs and WetlandCare Australia to develop an online wetland information service called 'WetlandLink'. Liza has provided ecological advice for projects on Sydney Harbour, the Hacking River, Cosgrove Creek, and Kemps Creek in Sydney, and Paddys River and Lake Bathurst in the Hawkesbury-Nepean region.

LAURA TORRIBLE

MSC URBAN AND RURAL PLANNING (UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH, CANADA - 1994); VISITING ACADEMIC (UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND CENTRE FOR WATER POLICY, ARMIDALE NSW - 1993); BSC - BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, CANADA - 1991)

Laura commenced her career in environmental management in Canada. She arrived in Australia in 1994, and worked at the Centre for water Policy (UNE), Fairfield City Council, NSW Dept of Water Resources and the successor organizations. During this time Laura coordinated the implementation of the NSW Wetland Management Policy and was involved with developing monitoring programs for water sharing plans. Laura left the NSW public service in 2004 to set up IRPEC with Liza.

In 2007/08 year she has worked on many wetland projects in NSW including the Scoping Study for the Hydrodynamic Modelling of the Gwydir Wetlands, a Physical Assessment of the Three Distributary Creeks of the Macquarie River, a Knowledge Audit of the Gwydir Wetlands and a State of the Darling Catchment Report. All of these projects required the integration of ecological and hydrological information. She has also completed an independent assessment of a proposed Ramsar Wetlands in NSW, and has been involved in ecological assessments of wetlands and floodplains for independent Water Users Associations in NSW and providing ecological advice for Floodplain Management Plans. She is currently assisting the NSW Department of Water and Energy with the 'Improving Water Information Program' that is coordinated by the Bureau of Meteorology. She is adaptable and able to focus on the aims and objectives of each project.

COMMITTEE EXPERIENCE

Committees on which they have served include:
  • Expert panel: update Water Regime of Wetland and Floodplain Plants in the Murray-Darling Basin
  • Australian Wetlands Alliance (current)
  • Wetland Management Solutions (current)
  • NSW State Wetland Action Committee
  • State Compensatory Wetland Policy Subcommittee
  • Coordination committees for large scale wetland rehabilitation projects in NSW
  • State Water Monitoring Strategy Advisory Committee
  • DIPNR Water Monitoring Corporate Review
  • Sydney Coastal Councils Group

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ)
  • Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR)
  • Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS)


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‘Liza has a strong commitment to the environment and is a dedicated worker on issues to improve planning and management of naturual resources.’

DOUG BENSON
SENIOR PLANT ECOLOGIST, ECOLOGY DEPT, ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS





‘Laura has been a driving force behind many achievements for the health of ecosystems in NSW, particularly wetlands. I can highly recommend her...’

JAN GILL
WATER MANAGEMENT DIVISION, DIPNR