Welcome to Alex
In May 2014 Alex Johnston began work as our ‘Coastcare Officer’. Alex’s proper title is Coastal and Marine Program Manager with Perth Region NRM (Natural Resources Management). Craig Wilson, based at Kwinana works in the south metro area and Alex’s patch is north of Fremantle. As was the case with Kate Sputore (now on Maternity leave) Alex has his office at Town of Cottesloe – so we are lucky to have him ‘near-by’!
We are delighted to welcome Alex and have already used his professional skills in many ways. In one of the photos Alex is advising Sue Freeth (and me) on basic vegetation mapping at John Black Dune Park (JBDP). Alex has had a wealth of experience in designing and implementing restoration ecology projects, so we are calling on his skills for our long-held dreams of a (well funded !) environmental restoration project at JBDP.
CCA volunteers have just completed planting 3,500 seedlings for this year and I can vouch that Alex is very handy with a spade too! Alex also enjoys working with young people, he has already worked with several schools in the northern suburbs. There are some local Cottesloe schools eager to have Alex teach them about our coast, also they want to lend us a hand with beach cleaning and other spring-time chores.
Here are some extra notes about Alex’s experience and interests, also his role with Perth NRM:
Alex is a committed environmental professional with specialist skills in restoration ecology. He has a depth of experience across the natural resource management industry on environmental projects focusing on riverbank and estuarine restoration works, integrated bioengineering, bioremediation and constructed wetlands as well as monitoring and management within native vegetation complexes.
Alex is an experienced life-cycle project manager and his expertise includes project design, planning, construction and implementation, contractor coordination and supervision as well as budget and timeline management of coastal, estuarine, river, wetland and dry-land environmental projects.
With a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology from Curtin University, Alex’s expertise is supported by his well-developed practical working knowledge of native flora, fauna and ecology.
His primary role involves working closely with community groups, local government, educational institutions and corporate partners to facilitate the implementation of on-ground projects, education programs and promoting natural resource management to the wider community.
Robyn Benken, Cottesloe Coastcare volunteer
Manager, Coastal and Marine Program
Hosted by the Town of Cottesloe
O (08) 9285 5099 M 0499 104 660