Shelley Shepherd – Director / Principal Environmental Planner

Shelley Shepherd

Shelley has significant experience in environmental planning, gained from working within State and Local Government and the private sector. She is a strong advocate for the ability of the land use planning system to deliver innovative development outcomes and liveable, sustainable communities which respond to environmental, social and climatic conditions.

Shelley has been working with Government at many levels to raise awareness of how to better integrate environmental issues into planning, as she was the lead consultant in the preparation of Better Urban Water Management (WAPC, 2008). Shelley is also the project manager for New WAter Ways – a government funded program with the aim of building the water sensitive urban design capacity of Government and industry to improve the delivery of urban water management and water sensitive cities.

Shelley has developed sustainability policy and strategies for many WA local governments and is well known for being an experienced facilitator and for her ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of parties including all levels of government and industry.

Shelley partnered with Helen to become Co-Director of Essential Environmental in 2010.

Helen Brookes – Director / Principal Hydrologist

Helen Brookes

Helen has over 15 years’ experience in the environment and urban water sector having worked both as a regulator and consultant in Australia and the UK. Helen partnered with Shelley to become Co-Director of Essential Environmental in 2010.

Helen has key technical experience in hydrologic and hydraulic modelling and conceptual design of drainage and wastewater networks, receiving water quality modelling, statistical analysis and assessment of future risk. She also has extensive project and team management experience having been responsible for a large number of significant multi-disciplinary wastewater and drainage engineering projects involving the management of a team of over 20 scientists, engineers, technicians and drafters.

Helen is the principal author for all of the Department of Water’s Drainage and Water Management Plans to date, guiding sustainable development in; Murray, Jandakot, Byford and the Swan urban Growth Corridor.

Halinka Lamparski – Environmental Engineer

Halinka Lamparski

Halinka brings 10 years’ experience working as an Environmental Engineer, primarily specialising in urban water management and catchment management.  Halinka has investigated, designed and managed the construction of engineering applications for the improvement of surface water and groundwater quality.  She has also written Local Water Management Strategies, Urban Water Management Plans and Land Capability Assessments for land developers, and guidelines on planning approvals required for non-drinking water use.

Halinka spent ten months as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (AusAID) in Beijing China, and volunteered for WWF-India investigating sedimentation, flooding and water scarcity in Dudwha Tiger Reserve, Uttar Pradesh.

She is the President of the AWA Young Water Professionals Committee and is a member of the City of Vincent’s Environmental Advisory Group and the WA WaterAid committee.

Ross Perrigo – Senior Engineer


Ross has ten years’ experience working as an Environmental Engineer, primarily specialising in urban water management and hydrology. Ross has consulted on projects in the urban development, infrastructure and resource industries across Western Australia including in the Metropolitan Area, Peel, South West, Great Southern, Mid-West and Pilbara regions. Ross is also a co-author of Chapter 9 (Structural Controls) of the Department of Water’s Stormwater Management Manual.

As well as having extensive experience in preparing urban water management documents, including conceptual drainage design and site specific water management strategies (stormwater and groundwater modelling), Ross has expertise in various hydrological and hydraulic models, and GIS analysis.  He has undertaken numerous water balance investigations and floodplain modelling using MIKE FLOOD, TUFLOW, XP-STORM and HEC-RAS models.

Ross also has significant experience in geomorphological investigations of river systems to determine historical changes to sediment transport and channel form.

He is also a self-admitted instagram addict, lover of travel and quiz night master extraordinaire.


Alex Towler – Graduate Environmental Engineer


Alex studied a Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology and Zoology) before completing a Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental) at the University of Western Australia in 2016. Alex’s Thesis explored the suitability of benthic macroinvertebrates as bioindicators of ecological health in the naturally occurring pools of the Canning River.

Alex has also gained experience in WSUD through a collaborative design project with the City of Canning; looking at implementing  WSUD into future developments in the Canning City centre.

Alex has earned experience during his first 18 months at Urbaqua in water management strategies at the urban, local and district scale. As well as large scale groundwater and surface water monitoring.

When Alex isn’t looking after his pet South-Western Carpet Python  he is fronting an alt-rock band playing at Perth’s local music venues.



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