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    Aquatica
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    Hi Solos,

    I’m a long time reader that just joined. Great forum!!!

    I’ve been in large corporate environmental (namely ecology) consulting for almost a decade. Prior to that I’ve had stints in financial planning, modelling/acting, manufacturing, and the list goes on.

    June last year I took a redundancy and the next day started my own consulting business.

    To my clients/industry Aquatica Environmental is a full-service environmental and ecological consultancy specialising in the study and management of freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems, aquatic biota and habitats. My clients (actual and desired) include private land developers, other consultancies (that don’t have my services offering), local, state and federal government, Defence, resources(oil, gas, mining, etc), water authorities and a few others.

    Its been a tough first year in many ways as the industry is depressed, competition fierce, I’m a ‘new kid on the block’ and I now know I am still nutting out my niche (I’m adapting it to market demand). In saying that, I love the lifestyle and real sense of achievement every time get positive feedback (which is 100% of the time so far).

    Outside of actually finding and winning work, my greatest challenges have been around time management (work form home with wife, 9mo baby and spoilt dog), administration and, as noted, finding my niche. In joining up to this forum and with the few Q’s I have lined up already, I hope I might find dome guidance in these areas (and others).

    Great to be here,
    Aaron.

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    GuestMember
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    Good stuff Aaron. We need people like you to champion the environment. I have a strong background in wildlife gardening and growing local provenance wild flowers, writing ebooks on it, etc. I look forward to seeing your posts. It’s nice to see the various industries represented on here. Kind regards, Paul

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    Aquatica
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    Thanks for the welcome Paul.

    Not sure I’d call myself a champion of the environment. I make a living from some clients that most would consider sit at the polar opposite of environmental protection (e.g. mining, property developers, etc).

    In saying that, I do put a case forward that as I’m not the activist type, inclined to chain myself to trees and gates, I can have the greatest influence on the management of the environment by working with and guiding my clients. This advise and guidance is more-often limited (dare I say hindered) by commonwealth and state legislation and policy, but there is usually still some room within this to meet the client’s requirements and find positive outcomes for the environment.

    That’s how I make my peace with it anyway!

    I’ve had a search of the forum, to see if there were any other members that sat broadly in the same pace as me, but came up with nothing. Anyone know of any other enviros/ecologists/consultants on the forum?

    Aaron.

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    Hopefully you can find win-wins. Mining can have environmental benefits in the long term. As you’ll know, there are some amazing lakes around the world with rare birds and aquatic life from open cast mining, and rare wild flowers that like the well-drained soil and the unusual pH or minerals, and a lot of restoration work goes on. Quite a few dead, polluted acid ones as well though.

    I have a lot of respect for people who chain themselves to trees, as they have no voice of their own. Good on ’em. If it took 40 years to grow our hair back we’d think a bit before cutting it. Yet an old, native tree will go without any thought. It’s wrong.

    Still, I agree with the point you made about working with clients and staying engaged. I had that out with and environment science tutor once. He wasn’t likely to bring down capitalism, and big and dirty business will continue regardless of where he put his attention. He was also running a van built from mining materials. This was ‘necessary’, he said, for his ‘bird watching’ gear. I feel sure the birds would have been happy without his attention. He wasn’t being realistic. You’ve got to ‘be in it to win it’. And it’s a long, long road.

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    Kelly Exeter FS Editor
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    Welcome Aaron! I know of someone here in Perth who I *think* is doing something similar to you. I will try and encourage him over to the forum to say hi!

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    Millie Slater
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    Hi Aaron,
    Great to read your post. Thanks for sharing your experiences – really interesting to read. I don’t know of any other ecologist or environmentalists in the same boat as you, but if I find out I’ll let you know. Have a great day.

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