Raymond (Ray) spent twenty years with the Soil Conservation Authority in Victoria, initially in the field, assisting landholders to overcome soil erosion problems and then later, with broad scale water catchment and land management issues, including in Victoria’s Alpine region.
In 1977, Ray moved to Queensland and assumed a role developing, implementing and overseeing environmental programs involving land revegetation, water management and air quality control over eight large coal mines in Central Queensland, which included environmental assessments of areas under exploration in Australia.
Ray is a founding member of the Cumberla-Witton Catchment network, with a passion for recording and analysing rainfall, water quality and changes in the creeks of Brisbane’s inner west. For more than twenty five years, Ray has maintained scientific records of the local waterways, as well as implementing training standards to establish best practice for a team of volunteers.
Ray has been instrumental in guiding and mentoring members of the catchment group to undertake water quality assessments. As a result of Ray’s encouragement and coaching, several members of the group have undertaken training in water sampling and testing as a component of a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management.
In 2017, Ray was presented with the Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Achievement Award by the Brisbane Lord Mayor