Meet the Team

To deliver the Smart Catchments pilot study Cairns Regional Council is partnering with James Cook University (JCU), the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership and Itron Australasia.

Cairns Regional Council

Project Manager: Dr Lynne Powell

Lynne has worked with CRC for 10 years and oversees Council’s water quality monitoring program across six wastewater treatment plants. In her role with the Smart Catchments study Lynne leads the project team and shares her passion for healthy waterways, strong communities and science education.

Senior Technical Officer: Juergen (Baly) Zier

Having previously worked in ocean instrumentation in the Tropics and the Arctic, Baly brings unique expertise, extensive experience and a passion for nature and technology to his role in the study, where he is assisting in the design and installation of storm water monitoring equipment on Saltwater Creek.

IT Technical Consultant: Heath Anderson

Having worked with Council for over 20 years in IT operations, Heath is supporting the Smart Catchments project and team, advising on IT networking and power UPS design for the gauging station and sensors.

Internet of Things Cadet Engineer: Cameron Gauci

While a Cadet Engineer with Council assisting in the development and delivery of the technical architecture and end user tools for the Smart Catchments project, Cam is also completing a Bachelor of Engineering: Electronics and Internet of Things at JCU.

Communications Officer: Helen Cook

Helen supports the Smart Catchments team identify and engage with its key stakeholders and audiences and communicate the project's progress online.

James Cook University

Project Lead (JCU): Prof Wei Xiang

Internationally recognised for his work in Internet of Things (IoT) related research projects, Wei is afounding Professor of Australia’s first IoT Engineering degree program, at JCU Cairns. At the same time he leads a team of JCU researchers contributing to the Smart Catchments study through development of a cloud-based and AI-powered IoT data analytics platform to integrate water quality sensory data.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, JCU:  Dr Tao Huang (Kevin)

With an early career and industry background in software and system engineering, and algorithm developmentKevin turned to academic research and has excelled in his ability to innovate and apply his skills to real-world problems. On the Smart Catchments study he is responsible for automating analytics associated with creek flow, developing algorithms from sensor data and developing communication capabilities for transmitting data from the sensors.

Hydrologist, JCU Lecturer and Advisor: Dr Han She Lim

With experience gained in Singapore, the UK and South- east Asia, Han She’s work focuses on reducing the impacts of building towns and cities through water sensitive urbandesign. A lecturer at JCU Han She advises the Smart Catchment team on establishing the monitoring instrumentation for the study and will assist with live data analysis.

Senior Research Fellow, JCU Advisor: Dr Neils Crosley Munksgaard

Neils brings three decades of environmental chemistry research in northern Australia to the Smart Catchments study, advising on establishing the stormwater monitoring equipment.

Senior Research Fellow, JCU Advisor: Dr Jason Holdsworth

A passionate local digital champion, Jason is a researcher and lecturer at JCU with expertise in computer programming and educational robotics. Jason is contributing to the Smart Catchments project by leading and guiding current IT students and graduates develop online educational tools to encourage interest in and caring for local catchments.


Project Sponsor

Itron are a dedicated partner to the Smart Cities (Smart Catchments) team, innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water around the world. Itron are the world’s leading provider of smart metering systems, with over 8,000 utilities worldwide relying on their technology to better manage resources, create efficiency and enhance sustainability.

As a partner, Itron are providing funding, support and resources to the program enabling local governments and communities to use smart technology and increase awareness through better accessibility to data.

Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership

The Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership brings together local industry, community organisations, academic institutions and governments to enhance the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.

The partnership produces an annual Wet Tropics Report Card that tracks trends in catchment conditions and the health of rivers, estuaries, wetlands and near shore coastal and marine environments. The report card contributes to the Reef 2050 long-term sustainability plan, Australia’s overarching framework for protecting the Great Barrier Reef until 2015.

Last updated: 16 June 2020