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About us

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THE RUSSELL RIVER CATCHMENT

Whole-of-catchment planning

We transform policy into effective on-ground action to improve catchment condition and water quality discharged to the Great Barrier Reef. Working within a modified landscape, we operate at the catchment scale – identifying opportunities for environmental restoration and engineered solutions.

Our approach

SMART MANAGEMENT

We take a strategic approach, creating frameworks and models to prioritise limited resources for cost-effective solutions. Our successes are inspiring other community groups towards a sustainability approach.

COLLABORATION

Our work unites farmers, scientists, traditional owners and the community in collaborative partnerships. We design and deliver projects using best-practice and with continuous development in mind.

INNOVATION

Our work leads the way in integrated solutions. We restore water quality, hydrology and habitat across the catchment through innovative water treatment systems and ecological restoration projects. 

Our values

LEADERSHIP

We are committed to making a difference. As a business owned and operated by a Wanjuru Elder of the Russell River catchment, we are a positive example of Aboriginal leadership.

IMPACT

We partner with government, corporate and other organisations to deliver financial solutions. In collaboration with our science partners, we are providing new methods to measure the impact of investment.

EMPOWERMENT

Our expertise supports local communities and landowners in developing and implementing practical solutions that will promote environmental and economic sustainability. 

Our team

LIZ OWEN

DENNIS AH-KEE

LIZ

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Liz has more than 20 years in management roles in natural resource management, risk management and business development. Liz specialises in project design, contract management and implementation of on-ground works. She is responsible for a diverse range of water quality improvement initiatives in the Russell River catchment that include construction of treatment system technologies, restoration of riparian and endangered rainforest, establishment of new populations of vulnerable and rare plant species, and control of aquatic pest weeds within local waterways. Liz is the principal author of the 'Russell River Catchment Sustainability Plan 2020-2035, Technical Report'. This document is the first of its kind to use a sustainable, systems-based approach to prioritise catchment interventions to improve the long-term health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef, while delivering significant co-benefits through wetland restoration, climate change regulation, biodiversity and Traditional Owner employment on country. Liz has former experience in management advisory services and business development. In executive-level positions in both the public and private sectors at the Australian National Audit Office, Ernst & Young and Protiviti Risk Consulting, Liz was responsible for on-site delivery of Internal Audit services contracts with Australian Government agencies. These roles included development and delivery of annual Internal Audit programs, management of multi-disciplinary teams and review of audit products for Quality Assurance. Liz was further integral to establishing Protiviti's Canberra Office, winning several Internal Audit services contracts critical to establishment of Protiviti's Canberra Office.





Liz assimilates the specific knowledge and financial resources as an enabler for local leadership and on-ground action.

LIZ

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Liz has more than 20 years in management roles in natural resource management, risk management and business development. Liz specialises in project design, contract management and implementation of on-ground works. She is responsible for a diverse range of water quality improvement initiatives in the Russell River catchment that include construction of treatment system technologies, restoration of riparian and endangered rainforest, establishment of new populations of vulnerable and rare plant species, and control of aquatic pest weeds within local waterways. Liz is the principal author of the 'Russell River Catchment Sustainability Plan 2020-2035, Technical Report'. This document is the first of its kind to use a sustainable, systems-based approach to prioritise catchment interventions to improve the long-term health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef, while delivering significant co-benefits through wetland restoration, climate change regulation, biodiversity and Traditional Owner employment on country. Liz has former experience in management advisory services and business development. In executive-level positions in both the public and private sectors at the Australian National Audit Office, Ernst & Young and Protiviti Risk Consulting, Liz was responsible for on-site delivery of Internal Audit services contracts with Australian Government agencies. These roles included development and delivery of annual Internal Audit programs, management of multi-disciplinary teams and review of audit products for Quality Assurance. Liz was further integral to establishing Protiviti's Canberra Office, winning several Internal Audit services contracts critical to establishment of Protiviti's Canberra Office.





Dennis uses two-way dialogue with policymakers and locals to create a bridge between Government objectives and local circumstances.

ENQUIRIES

+61 427 903 390

liz@jaragun.com.au

2/102 Munro Street  •  PO Box 219 Babinda QLD 4861

ABN 41 120 661 583