Mick has worked in the capacity of a Senior Hydrogeologist in government, private consulting and the mining industry which has given him a well-rounded perspective of the water industry as well as the challenges faced by the different stakeholders. Mick has considerable experience in planning and implementing field investigations, hydrogeological assessment and conceptualisation, together with skills in groundwater hydraulics analysis, groundwater modelling, geographical information systems, data management, project management and reporting. Since 2008, Mick has worked predominantly on mining projects, covering a mix of both prefeasibility and operational mines, including Underground and Open Cut Operations.
Mick’s more recent responsibilities have included: project management and technical delivery of groundwater impact assessments for the Kemmis II Pit and Mulgrave Pit Expansion (South Walker Creek) for BHP Mitsui Coal, annual reviews and trigger assignment for South Walker Creek, technical delivery of Rio Tinto Coal Australia’s Hail Creek Groundwater Modelling Project (and Groundwater Impact Assessment), and a groundwater impact assessment for the Urquhart Bauxite Project at Cape York Peninsula. Mick has been engaged as an expert witness as part of the impact assessment process, so is well placed to advise clients of the approval process from beginning to end.
In 2017, Mick was awarded the Don Douglas Award for his outstanding work designing an innovative dewatering system for the McKinnon Road grade separation project in Victoria. Mick was responsible for developing a non-conventional solution for groundwater dewatering, which included the installation of 4 horizontal directional drilled boreholes of greater than 650 metres in length.