Experienced, efficient and cost-effective environmental consulting


About us

Steve Hamilton (Dr.), Principal/Director

Steve is one of Victoria's leading ecologists, specialising in flora and fauna inventory, auditing, monitoring and surveying, as well as soil typing, analysis and mapping. He has over 12 years consulting experience, associated with a range of ecological evaluations and monitoring processes, which includes assessing and mapping vegetation condition, targeted threatened species surveys, Habitat Hectares and BushBroker assessments and ‘No Net Loss’ assessments (VQA and BushBroker Competent) across a range of terrestrial, riparian and wetland ecosystems.in Victoria, and completion/management of Development Applications (DAs) and Review of Environmental Factors (REFs) studies in NSW,

Steve also has significant experience developing management planning for offsets, remnant vegetation, revegetation, roadside and weed management, including the formulation of strategies for appropriate ecological management and ecosystem restoration. As part of developing many strategies and plans, for a variety of clients, he has engaged in all forms of community consultation, including mail and on-line surveys, focus groups facilitation, and face-to-face and phone interviews.

Prior to consulting, Steve had a long period of service with the University of Melbourne at the Parkville and Dookie campuses, undertaking applied ecological research into remnant vegetation, and administering, co-ordinating, managing, teaching and designing an array of innovative environmental and agricultural-related courses at post-graduate, graduate and TAFE levels across the Dookie, Burnley, Creswick and Parkville campuses.

Steve’s outstanding teaching was recognised with a University-wide teaching excellence award in 2005, and his research efforts have resulted in over 30 refereed publications, and the supervision of a myriad of completed PhD, Masters and Honours theses.

He is responsible for the 1992 declaration and on-going conservation management of the 300 ha nationally significant Dookie Bushland Reserve, located on the University of Melbourne’s Dookie Campus. Privately, the 20-year-long restoration project on his private property at Tatong, near Benalla, is recognised as an exemplar in revegetation and restoration on private land, and has culminated in the site being placed under Conservation Covenant. Over 38,000 indigenous plants have been planted throughout the project.

Steve has established a reputation as one of the State’s leaders in ecological management, and his educational past, in particular, has seen him develop an extensive network of NRM professionals in government and NGOs across south-eastern Australia.

Simon Lee, Associate

Simon Lee is an experienced consulting ecologist who has worked in the environmental sector for 12 years. Simon has a great deal of experience in large scale, complex project management, in particular the provision of multifaceted ecological investigations. This work includes the design and development of long-term environmental management systems and assisting and guiding clients through the process of development approvals from the relevant State Government Authorities. He also has significant experience in flora and fauna survey projects, including Net Gain and Loss reporting, and EVC and habitat mapping and re-designation. He has also significant monitoring experience in riparian and wetland assessment, with significant experience in both the Index of Stream Condition and Index of Wetland Condition assessments across the State.