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What has gone before…

Lindsay Hunt Attended 8th Australian Algal Workshop

On June 24th to 26th, I attended the 8th Australian Algal Workshop, held at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton.  It was a great opportunity to catch up with the many outstanding scientists in this field, renew acquaintances and make new ones.  These workshops are always a highly productive exercise from a business stance, but I always come away with new knowledge and ideas of how to apply it to my work.  This time was no different.  I’ve learned more about how to use diatoms to evaluate environmental health, and I learned that what you call a “natural state” for a water body, depends soley on the baseline you use.

This last comment might seem insignificant, but it isn’t, it’s a game-changer when you are looking at environmental rehabilitation of waterways.  If you look at the fossil record of any water body, by examining sediment core samples, it will tell you the environmental history of that location.  Some examples of these core studies show we are still in our millennium drought.  Not that any farmer would argue that point, but as I look out of my office window while typing this, my yard is very green, and my driveway resembles a very challenging 4WD track, and has for the past several months, thanks to regular rain.  And many of you living on the eastern coast of Queensland would probably think the drought had broken.  These core samples also show that many coastal standing waters also spent a significant part of their history as marine or estuarine environments, rather than fresh we know them as, or if you look at some others, that show after European settlement, they’ve gone from fresh to brackish, and relatively quickly.

This demonstrates how sensitive and unique our environment is in this country, and we have to know and understand what has gone before, to make decisions for future management of our resources and environment.  Within one or two generations of white settlement, environmental damage was already occurring, with a relatively low human population density, but larger animal population density, and it was enough to cause irreparable damage, prior to industrial revolution.

What this means is we have to be careful with this information when making decisions about the future use and management of our natural water resources.  What was the history?  When did it change?  What impact have humans had?  What is its purpose?  How can we utilise this resource and still encourage wildlife and good water quality?  What do we do to preserve and manage the resource?  It’s a complex task, and much more research needs to be done, and longer term vision needs to be applied, beyond the next election.

When all is said and done, we cannot eat, drink or breathe the money governments and large corporations seem so keen to make from our environment.

…because the environment is everything

Hello and Welcome to Jarvis Hunt Consultancy (JHC)

Hi there, as this is my first blog, please bear with me.  I have not ever blogged before, but have been eager to get this off the ground for sometime. I just needed something to get the juices flowing, and finally I have.

This blog is set up as a link on Jarvis Hunt Consultancy’s website www.jarvishuntconsultancy.com.au.  Please feel free to check it out, follow the company page and myself on LinkedIn au.linkedin.com/in/lindsayjarvishuntconsultancy and please spread the word and especially, communicate with me.  It’s still a work in progress so please keep checking in and suggestions for topics are welcome.  Just to give you some background on myself and JHC:

I’m a former Senior Scientist that started up JHC so I could do what I love under my own terms.  I have over 15 years experience in water analysis, specialising in phytoplankton analysis, especially blue green algae and over 10 years training in it.  After my position was made redundant, I found my skills were in demand, but not remunerated on the scale that most specialised training is and so, JHC was born.  This is the core passion, but with operational management, quality assurance, laboratory, human resource and safety experience, the bread and butter work is usually in the form of documentation, audit and process improvement.  But I love a challenge, so if I find the challenge in the work, I’m hooked.

I have no idea where the business will end up.  That sounds like a crazy statement and it is, but I’ve learned to let go a little and see where it wanders.  I do have a business plan, and a vision of where I want it to end up, but right now, I’m letting the business grow roots and encouraging new shoots and direction towards the next step in the plan.  So here’s the vision I work towards, using the royal ‘we’.

JHC is a company that gives back.  We give back to our community by employing and purchasing locally where possible.  We want to encourage our youth and indigenous Australians into science, and supporting their education and opportunity for anyone that works with us, to reach their full potential.  We will also support local schools with their science and environmental education programs.  An innovative company, dedicated to finding the best methods, highest standards in quality and excellence in customer service.  We want to reduce our impact on this world, building a more sustainable environment and scientific industry.  We want to be an employer of choice, that invests in its people.  Providing work-life balance, flexibility and supporting them through professional development.  Where all staff have a voice, the opportunity to participate and contribute to JHC’s growth and success and where that is recognised and rewarded.

Not a bad start?

Please join us on our journey, we’d love the company.

Thanks for listening.

Lindsay