The WasteAid Australia Team
Anne is the Founder and Technical Director WasteAid Australia after a career spanning more than 30 years’ in environmental health and waste management at local, regional, state and international levels in Australia, Europe and Asia whilst employed in local government, industry, commercial and the community sectors. She is affectionately known as “Dr Rubbish”, a person who delivers results.
In 1997 Anne started her own waste consultancy A.Prince Consulting which has delivered over 650 projects including world best practice strategies and solutions throughout Australia. From 2007 – 2011 Anne worked with 13 remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island (ATSI) communities developing and implementing fit for purpose waste programs which provided the unique insight into the current issues common to these ATSI communities. Her experience working in ATSI communities provided the inspiration to turn passion into purpose and her drive and tenacity has seen the establishment and growth of Waste Aid.
Senior Project Officer
Elaine has a strong background in education, natural resource management and outdoor and environmental education. She has a dedicated interest in Indigenous Knowledge systems, technologies and ‘ways of living’ having worked in Aboriginal Communities for the last 20 years.
More recently, Elaine has worked with North East Waste, a regional waste group of NSW, a program supported by the NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.
Elaine has extensive experience in developing and writing Waste Management Plans including the facilitation of community consultation meetings, community waste audits, bin audits, waste education workshops in recycling, organising and facilitating a local resource and recovery facility tour, facilitating relationship development/partnerships between local government/businesses and community.
Furthermore, Elaine has her Graduate Diploma in Education; Graduate Diploma in Outdoor and Environmental Education; and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Systems Agriculture).
Over a ten year period Elaine worked as a Senior years Teacher in East Arnhem Land working on “Caring for Country” projects and mapping these to the High School Curriculum.
She has also worked for the Indigenous Land Corporation assisting aboriginal communities across NSW with Land Use Agreements, Property Management Plans, Cultural and Natural Resource projects, applications for land procurement, incorporation processes, land divestment and ‘reconnection to country’ processes.
Elaine is very passionate about ‘caring for country’ and assisting to improve our collective sustainable relationship with the environment, particularly through waste education and outdoor environmental education.
Melanie is a proud Bundjalung/Worimi women. She grew up in Taree before moving to Forster. Melanie is a mother of 3 and a Grandmother of 3. She has worked with Sydney University assisting remote Aboriginal Communities with environmental health and worked as a teacher’s aide in schools and in administration.
Mel has lived in different areas of Australia, working in remote communities throughout her life. Melanie says “I am very grateful to have successfully gained employment as the project officer trainee with WasteAid, sponsored by Veolia. I am looking forward to a challenge and working within my own community and many others that WasteAid works with, hopefully making a difference and improving all of our relationships to waste.”
Dani is WasteAid’s Technical Officer and is responsible for technical analysis and reporting. She has assisted in delivery of projects including asbestos-contaminated lands remediation, waste management planning under the NSW EPA Aboriginal Community Waste Management Program and small-scale organics. As an environmental engineer and waste management specialist her goal is to enable circular economy strategies in resource recovery, industrial ecology and product stewardship.
Dani’s work has included engineering and operations analysis for Resource Recovery Australia, Soft Landing Recycling and Green Connect – which are partner social enterprises of WasteAid, as part of Community Resources Limited. More broadly, she has conducted policy research for state and federal government, waste management planning for large residential and commercial developments, and technical analysis and modelling for various resource recovery projects.
Her training and experience in environmental engineering and community development contributes to delivering WasteAid’s core objectives of community organising, resource recovery and social impact.
General Manager Community Services- Community Resources