University of Western Sydney
Bachelor of Landscape Management and Conservation (Honours)
PhD in conservation planning
Mat is passionate about the role that conservation planning plays in building community capital and social-ecological resilience, particularly in remote communities and developing countries. He completed his University studies with a major in community development and environmental governance, and then worked in Cunnamulla as a community support coordinator for the far western Queensland NRM (Natural Resource management) body, South West NRM. This work involved developing and successfully implementing a mechanism for rural and remote conservation planning. During this time, Mat received a Commonwealth grant for an environmental history project on the Paroo River (Far western NSW) [http://nla.gov.au/anbd.bib-an41672943]. Mat has also completed a PhD investigating the contribution of protected areas to quality of life in rural and regional communities, and now is learning Arabic. Mat has travelled extensively overseas (particularly to his home town, Warszawa) and throughout Australia, and has coordinated various social justice programmes, including running his own outback safari tours for young adults. He enjoys trekking, travelling and exposing his wife and children to a myriad of risk inherent activities.
If Government is a machine, then the Policy Coordination Division is the gaffa tape and wire. Environmental resources Information Network (ERIN) is much more than maps and GIS geeks, it provides pragmatic solutions to effective and integrated policy development. The Regional Profiles project gave me an opportunity to learn about research - policy interaction and contradiction and how structured decision making can be incorporated into building, not only mapping, bridges.
'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'