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Danielle

Danielle

Home State

South Australia

University

The University of Adelaide
The University of South Australia (Current Student)

Degrees

Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours)
Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (Currently Completing)

Background

At school I enjoyed the artistic and scientific areas of study and enrolled in a Bachelor of Architecture at The University of Adelaide to pursue my interest in both these fields. While at uni I was lucky enough to undertake exchanges in Sweden and Indonesia and participated in a low cost housing study tour of South Africa. Through my degree and travelling I developed a strong interest in environmentally sustainable design and chose to investigate energy efficiency building regulations for housing as an honours project.

After completing honours I worked for two years as a graduate architect in a private firm and became increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of the built environment. It struck me that although it was possible to design buildings with a low environmental impact very few clients had the knowledge, desire or finances to support such a project.

To gain an understanding of how and why urban environments develop I enrolled in a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of South Australia and started work as a development assessment planer in local government. I worked for the Town of Gawler and City of Salisbury over a fifteen month period and this experience provided me with a valuable insight into local government and South Australia's planning system.

My move to Canberra was motivated by a desire to consider environmental issues at a national scale and since joining the department I have enjoyed working on projects that reduce the environmental impact of Australia's urban areas.

First placement

Australian Greenhouse Office / Industry Communities and Energy Division / Energy Efficiency and Communities Branch / Buildings and Energy Efficiency Team

The Buildings and Energy Efficiency Team works to develop the capacity of the building industry to deliver sustainable outcomes. Duties undertaken included:

Second placement

Natural Resource Management Programs Division (NRMPD) / Future Directions Task Force

The taskforce is part of a Department of the Environment and Water Resources (DEW) and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) joint team and coordinates planning for the Governments future Natural Resource Management (NRM) Programs. Duties included:

Third Placement

Land Water and Coasts Division / Coasts and Water Branch / Coastal Policy Section

The Coastal Policy section is responsible for policy development, the management of specific coastal Programs and provides the secretariat to the Intergovernmental Coastal Advisory Group (ICAG). Duties included:

Permanent Position - Project Officer

Australian Greenhouse Office / Industry Communities and Energy Division / Energy Efficiency and Communities Branch / Community Partnerships Team

The Community Partnerships Team works to assist local government; communities and individual households reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and develop appropriate responses to adapt to climate change.

My role in the team is to work with local governments to build understanding of the impacts of climate change and develop adaptation strategies.

'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'