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“Albany’s Place in the Blue Economy” – meet our presenters!

MC: Diane Evers was a WA MLC 2017 to 2021, as a Greens member in the South West Region. Before entering Parliament, she was the State Manager of Green Skills, a community organisation undertaking environmental works and community development leading toward sustainable lifestyles. As an inaugural Councillor of the newly formed City of Albany Council, Diane also held Board positions on the Great Southern Development Commission, the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee.

Welcome to Country: Vernice Gillies is a Menang Elder who is passionate about cultural heritage, conservation and preservation of cultural knowledge and traditions. Vernice has a long history in presenting cross-cultural awareness workshops and teaching students about Indigenous tourism. She has worked extensively with the Albany Heritage Reference Group on projects such as the Oyster Harbour Fish Traps Conservation Project and the Yurlmun: Mokare Mia Boodja Exhibition. Vernice is a Board member at the Great Southern Development Commission and received the 2019 Senior Citizen of the Year Award for the Albany region.

Our Panelists from the Region:

Paul Mackey is the Environment Manager at Albany Port. He had worked in the construction trade, mining, purchasing/logistics and also as a combat engineer in the Army Reserve before completing a Bachelor of Science, Environmental Management degree.

Jude Tyzack started her position as the Projects & Community Engagement Manager at Harvest Road in September and before that was the Albany-based Executive Officer of the Aquaculture Council of Western Australia for 3 years.
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“Albany’s Place in the Blue Economy” – meet our presenters!

MC: Diane Evers was a WA MLC 2017 to 2021, as a Greens member in the South West Region. Before entering Parliament, she was the State Manager of Green Skills, a community organisation undertaking environmental works and community development leading toward sustainable lifestyles. As an inaugural Councillor of the newly formed City of Albany Council, Diane also held Board positions on the Great Southern Development Commission, the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee. 

Welcome to Country: Vernice Gillies is a Menang Elder who is passionate about cultural heritage, conservation and preservation of cultural knowledge and traditions. Vernice has a long history in presenting cross-cultural awareness workshops and teaching students about Indigenous tourism. She has worked extensively with the Albany Heritage Reference Group on projects such as the Oyster Harbour Fish Traps Conservation Project and the Yurlmun: Mokare Mia Boodja Exhibition. Vernice is a Board member at the Great Southern Development Commission and received the 2019 Senior Citizen of the Year Award for the Albany region.

Our Panelists from the Region:

Paul Mackey is the Environment Manager at Albany Port. He had worked in the construction trade, mining, purchasing/logistics and also as a combat engineer in the Army Reserve before completing a Bachelor of Science, Environmental Management degree. 

Jude Tyzack started her position as the Projects & Community Engagement Manager at Harvest Road in September and before that was the Albany-based Executive Officer of the Aquaculture Council of Western Australia for 3 years.

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Not a Senator! It is only at Federal level that we call the upper house Members, Senator. I was Honourable, though called a Member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia.

"Albany's Place in the Blue Economy" - meet our presenters!

Professor Irene Penesis is the Research Director for the Blue Economy CRC-Co Ltd. Irene’s passion for a transition to renewable energy, environmental sustainability and decarbonisation of marine and maritime industries led her to developing the successful application to the Commonwealth’s CRC program. Since taking up the role of Research Director in July 2019, Irene has established five multi-disciplinary research programs, a brilliant research leadership team, and collaboratively with their 40 industry, research and government partners commissioned over $20 million in research projects in areas such as offshore engineering and naval architecture (e.g. hydrogen vessels, multi-use offshore structures), autonomous vehicles, marine renewable energy technologies, microgrids, hydrogen production and storage, environmental site characterisation, selection and monitoring, supply chains, and regulation and policy. Irene is on the Steering Committee of the Tasmanian Government’s Renewable Energy Action Plan and an Advisory Board member of our Wave Energy Research Centre.

The Blue Economy CRC brings together 40 industry, government, and research partners from ten countries with expertise in aquaculture, marine renewable energy, and maritime engineering.

To hear more please join us next Tuesday 16th November, at Retravision Centennial Stadium, Albany, from 5-7.30 pm for this free event or join us online at: tiny.cc/MERAlive"
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Albanys Place in the Blue Economy - meet our presenters!

Professor Irene Penesis is the Research Director for the Blue Economy CRC-Co Ltd. Irene’s passion for a transition to renewable energy, environmental sustainability and decarbonisation of marine and maritime industries led her to developing the successful application to the Commonwealth’s CRC program. Since taking up the role of Research Director in July 2019, Irene has established five multi-disciplinary research programs, a brilliant research leadership team, and collaboratively with their 40 industry, research and government partners commissioned over $20 million in research projects in areas such as offshore engineering and naval architecture (e.g. hydrogen vessels, multi-use offshore structures), autonomous vehicles, marine renewable energy technologies, microgrids, hydrogen production and storage, environmental site characterisation, selection and monitoring, supply chains, and regulation and policy. Irene is on the Steering Committee of the Tasmanian Government’s Renewable Energy Action Plan and an Advisory Board member of our Wave Energy Research Centre. 

The Blue Economy CRC brings together 40 industry, government, and research partners from ten countries with expertise in aquaculture, marine renewable energy, and maritime engineering.

To hear more please join us next Tuesday 16th November, at Retravision Centennial Stadium, Albany, from 5-7.30 pm for this free event or join us online at: http://tiny.cc/MERAlive

"Albany's Place in the Blue Economy" - meet our presenters!

Dr Michelle Heupel is Director of Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and a research scientist with over 25 years’ experience working on ecology, conservation and management of marine predators, predominantly sharks and fish. Her career has spanned a range of sectors in marine science and included research projects ranging from rivers to coral reefs. As Director of IMOS Michelle drives coordination and delivery of sustained observations of Australia’s marine environments to support research, sustainable use, management and industry activities.

IMOS' goal is to deliver benefits to Australia by undertaking systematic, sustained and scientifically robust observations of our vast and valuable marine estate. IMOS makes all of its data openly and freely accessible to the marine and climate science community, other stakeholders and users, and international collaborators.

To hear more please join us next Tuesday 16th November, at Retravision Centennial Stadium, Albany, from 5-7.30 pm for this free event or join us online at: tiny.cc/MERAlive"
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Albanys Place in the Blue Economy - meet our presenters!

Dr Michelle Heupel is Director of Australias Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and a research scientist with over 25 years’ experience working on ecology, conservation and management of marine predators, predominantly sharks and fish. Her career has spanned a range of sectors in marine science and included research projects ranging from rivers to coral reefs. As Director of IMOS Michelle drives coordination and delivery of sustained observations of Australia’s marine environments to support research, sustainable use, management and industry activities. 

IMOS goal is to deliver benefits to Australia by undertaking systematic, sustained and scientifically robust observations of our vast and valuable marine estate. IMOS makes all of its data openly and freely accessible to the marine and climate science community, other stakeholders and users, and international collaborators.

To hear more please join us next Tuesday 16th November, at Retravision Centennial Stadium, Albany, from 5-7.30 pm for this free event or join us online at: http://tiny.cc/MERAlive

"Albany's Place in the Blue Economy" - meet our Presenters!

Christophe Gaudin is an engineer and scientist with over 20 years’ experience with the offshore oil and gas industry. Over the last 5 years, Christophe has redirected his research efforts towards offshore renewables, pursuing scientific interests and becoming acutely aware of the imperative for renewable energy and its potential for the Australian economy. He is the founding Director of our Research Centre, which supports industry, science and government in developing innovative offshore renewable energy technology and in defining the future energy landscape in Australia and worldwide.

Christophe will be sharing details of our new, exciting project in Albany in collaboration with the WA Government and the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre. The project will see the deployment of a reduced scale wave energy converter in King George sound for six months. During this period, researchers will study the performance of the device and develop models to validate the potential of a full scale device in supplying energy to the local aquaculture industry. Christophe will present a brief overview of the project and the important collaborations and engagement taking place to support this project.

To hear more please join us next Tuesday 16th November, at Retravision Centennial Stadium, Albany, from 5-7.30 pm for this free event or join us online at: tiny.cc/MERAlive"
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Albanys Place in the Blue Economy - meet our Presenters!

Christophe Gaudin is an engineer and scientist with over 20 years’ experience with the offshore oil and gas industry. Over the last 5 years, Christophe has redirected his research efforts towards offshore renewables, pursuing scientific interests and becoming acutely aware of the imperative for renewable energy and its potential for the Australian economy. He is the founding Director of our Research Centre, which supports industry, science and government in developing innovative offshore renewable energy technology and in defining the future energy landscape in Australia and worldwide.

Christophe will be sharing details of our new, exciting project in Albany in collaboration with the WA Government and the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre. The project will see the deployment of a reduced scale wave energy converter in King George sound for six months. During this period, researchers will study the performance of the device and develop models to validate the potential of a full scale device in supplying energy to the local aquaculture industry. Christophe will present a brief overview of the project and the important collaborations and engagement taking place to support this project.

To hear more please join us next Tuesday 16th November, at Retravision Centennial Stadium, Albany, from 5-7.30 pm for this free event or join us online at: http://tiny.cc/MERAlive
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