Busselton water expert honoured with Australia Day medallion
Released 24 Jan 2017
Water expert Dr Kath Lynch of Busselton was named as a recipient of an Australian Day Achievement Medallion as part of an Australia-wide recognition of the contribution of public servants to the nation.
Australia Day achievement medallion recipients are selected by their employer as part of a national program run by the Australia Day Council.
Dr Lynch was awarded the medallion at a ceremony at the Department of Water in Perth for her achievements in natural resource management, land use planning, water quality improvement and support for community engagement through the Geographe Catchment Council.
Presenting the medallion Department of Water Director General Mike Rowe acknowledged Dr Lynch as a leader in her field.
“Kath has been instrumental in building the community-government alliances that led to the Vasse-Wonnerup and Hardy Inlet water quality improvement plans, and the development by industry of the dairy effluent code,” Mike said.
“She developed and implemented the Revitalising Geographe Waterways strategy and has provided significant support to the establishment of the Regional Estuaries Initiative particularly the dairy and agricultural strategies.
“Her ability to focus on what is important in a strategic sense, combined with pragmatic program delivery, is critical.
“Kath has earned the respect of community groups, other agencies, her staff and the general community, and is especially passionate and effective in creating an effecting working team in the Department of Water’s Busselton office.”
Dr Lynch’s working life in the Western Australian Public Service has brought a new collaborative framework to the Vasse partnership, developing management actions for the Vasse-Wonnerup wetlands.
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