The Australian River Restoration Centre (ARRC) believes in sharing knowledge, restoring and protecting rivers for all to enjoy, and valuing people and the work they do. Our goals are to:

  • Inspire and support people who are passionate about rivers.
  • Create and distribute the RipRap Magazine.
  • Share knowledge in multiple ways, including the ARRC monthly newsletter and social media channels.
  • Collaborate and network with a range of organisations.
  • Manage on-ground river and science communication projects.

To make a donation to the ARRC and help us do what we do, please click here.


To fulfil the range of services the ARRC provides, we have a team of skilled professionals who come together on projects as required.  We collaborate with groups around Australia, and have provided examples below of a few of areas we are currently working in:

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On-ground River Restoration

See our Rivers of Carbon work

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Science Communication

Finterest, RipRap Magazine, Riverspace, RipRoc

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Public Speaking

Storytelling, community engagement, inspiration, motivation

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Leadership & Mentoring

Peter Cullen Trust Science to Policy Program, Waterway Twinning Management Program, one-to-one coaching

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Group meetings, community forums, science forums

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Team building, storytelling, innovation, governance, community engagement

Our testimonials are a good way to appreciate how we collaborate and tailor our work to meet the needs of our clients.

We are a happy, vibrant group of people who love our natural environment and who share a passion for helping others get the most out of their lives, both professional and personal.

Our Team

Dr. Siwan Lovett

Siwan is a social scientist by training, and enjoys working with biophysical scientists to make their work relevant and able to be applied by people from a range of different backgrounds.  She is passionate about the need to support people working in natural resource management with the best tools, information and networks to enable them to achieve the goals to which they aspire.

Siwan has been working in natural resources management for the past eighteen years, focusing mainly on research and science communication for river and waterway management.  She has a PhD from the Australian National University in public policy, majoring in sociology and administration.  Travelling fellowships to Canada (2004) and the UK (2006) have enabled Siwan to learn from other countries about ways to engage and motivate people to care for their environment.  In 2008, she undertook a Winston Churchill Trust Fellowship to Europe to investigate the feasibility of establishing an Australian Centre for River Restoration based on overseas models.  She is now Director of the Australian River Restoration Centre (ARRC)

Siwan is currently a National Riverprize judge, with 2012 being her third year in this role.  She holds an Executive Certificate In Positive Psychology and is now training to become a certified Executive Coach.

For more information about Siwan, view her LinkedIn profile.

Leith Boully

Leith has a diverse portfolio of business interests in agriculture, property and human resource development, together with tertiary qualifications in science and business. Leith has been involved in water resource management at local, state and national levels for around 30 years, and is experienced in community engagement, governance, and research and development. She is an experienced company director and is currently Chair of the Centre of Excellence for Water Recycling, and the Tropical Water Quality National Environmental Science Program Steering Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Qld Water Expert Panel and serves as a board member of Seqwater, Murrumbidgee Irrigation Ltd, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and the Isis Central Sugar Mill. Leith has been delivering the Peter Cullen Trust Science to Policy Leadership Program under contract since its inception.

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Christine Ellis

Christine has an extensive combination of public/private/not-for-profit sector experience which gives her an understanding of the broader environment within organisations operate.

She has been a leading communicator for, and senior representative of, organisations that deliver major national programs and that are closely involved with the major public policy debates that surround them.  This aspect of her career is supplemented with experience along a spectrum of related professional disciplines, including, policy development, political advice, fundraising and business development, strategic positioning, internal communications and relationship management.  This combination of skills gives her the ability to work across the organisation and to deliver results based on the needs of different units within the organisation.

Supporting these skills is the ability to communicate and market the services and outcomes of agencies; an increasingly important outcome in a crowded marketplace.

She has also been involved in local government – as an alderwoman; working on a number of not-for-profit and forprofit Boards (men’s refuges, hospital boards, community groups and small business), and was an inaugural Board Member of Jerrabomberra Wetlands where she was appointed by the Chief Minister of the ACT on the basis of her community engagement, fundraising and public affairs experience.

For more information about Christine, view her LinkedIn Profile.

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Lori Gould

Lori Gould is the Program Manager at Jerrabomberra Wetlands where she is employed by the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust to engage the broader community to experience all the wetlands has to offer. She also runs an environmental consulting business – GrassRoots Environmental and specialises in natural resource management, particularly riparian rehabilitation and community engagement. (  She was founder of the Rivers of Carbon on-ground work that the ARRC manages, and continues to look for ways to further the initiative by helping communities apply the model in their region.

Prior to this Lori was a Senior Project Manager for 15 years with Greening Australia, specialising in riparian and catchment management programs to improve water quality and biodiversity in rural Australia and before this a Park Ranger with ACT Parks and Conservation Service for 6 years. Lori holds a Master’s Degree in Integrated Water Management (Deans Commendation for High Achievment), a Post Graduate Certificate in River Restoration and Management, an Environmental Science Degree and Associate Diploma in Animal Science. Lori is also a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust.

For more information about Lori, view her LinkedIn Profile.

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Sophie Van Dijk

Sophie is the newest member of the ARRC team, joining us in 2016 to share the work that we are doing through social media. She has just started a Bachelor of Music (Composition) at the University of Sydney, so when she isn’t working with us, she is busy writing and exploring music. Sophie is excited to bring her creativity to this role and we are going to work together to make our posts more interesting, varied and engaging.


Advisory Committee

The ARRC is fortunate to have a number of trusted advisors who are called upon as needed to provide input on the organisation’s activities and direction. 

Albert Blair

Albert is a Chartered Accountant and has over 25 years’ experience in all facets of finance and accounting both at strategic and operational levels.  He is currently Chief Finance Officer for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.  Albert has significant experience in both the private and  not-for-profit sectors (including the aid-funded sector) and has held a number of senior financial positions in Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the United Kingdom.  These positions have included management responsibility for financial operations across the world, though focusing on Asia. He holds a Masters of Commercial Law, postgraduate diploma in advanced financial accounting and a BSc (Economics and Accounting).

Tom Clarke

Tom grew up, and continues to live, in inland Australia. He is passionate about our wide brown land and the rivers that flow through it, shape it, and give it life.  Being a member of the ARRC team that directly and indirectly works to restore Australian rivers, is a natural extension of his professional and personal interests.
Tom has over 15 years’ experience as a performance auditor in the Australian government sector: holding government agencies to account for the way they use public money to deliver outcomes for Australian taxpayers. Tom has a PhD from the Australian National University, focusing on the history of ideas and political theory.

Professor Peter Davies

Professor Peter Davies is Foundation Director of the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, University of Western Australia based in Albany. He has published over 100 papers and books in international journals and is a foundation member of the International Water Centre. He currently leads a team primarily focussed on ecological health of rivers and streams, and particularly how to restore degraded landscapes experiencing change.

Dr. Phil Price

Phil has worked in different aspects of science and research for more than 40 years, over 20 of them focused on sustainable management of land, water and vegetation. He has moved between research, policy, project and program management, and communication, working with governments, most rural industries, regional organizations and communities, and individual landholders. He has been responsible for the on-ground management of several rural properties. His particular interest is helping land managers to decode science so that they can use the best knowledge available to improve their land use and management practices.

Phil trained as a plant scientist, but through his work with the Land and Water Resources R&D Corporation over nine years and then his consultancy business, has worked on many aspects of NRM. He believes that a sound understanding of the biophysical condition and functional processes of ecosystems are an essential prerequisite to their good management, but also that the impediments to management are most often economic, social and cultural.

Phil owns and manages an independent consultancy business based in Canberra, and travels whenever possible to Australia’s many different natural and agricultural environments. Deserts are his favourites, where he has tried different modes of transport.

Sandra D’Souza

Sandra is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Curate Bee. She has spent two decades initially working in Media and IT industries such as News Ltd, Perot Systems, Telstra and MTV Europe. However, she realised over five years ago that her passion lies with entrepreneurial ventures and therefore embarked on a new path by consulting and working for Tech Startups and SMEs. In 2012, she saw the emerging growth of content curation technologies in Silicon Valley and the demand of social branding. She recognised that people and organisations would need expertise in connecting relevant content to their social media profiles hence she founded Curate Bee.

Sandra is also known as a Business Strategist and is a passionate advocate for womens’ issues and children’s health where she was the NSW State President for Business and Professional Women Australia (an international non-government organisation with a UN Consultative Status) in 2006 to 2009 and now a Director of BPW International. She is currently one of Australian Leaders in Commonwealth Business Council for Women and Council member of The Children’s Hospital Westmead Family Advisory Council. She is the Founder of Her Network – A Social Enterprise for Women Entrepreneurs. She is also the recipient of the Edna Ryan Award for Mentoring (for the advancement of women) in 2008.

Professor Ian Rutherfurd

Ian Rutherfurd has 20 years experience in the water sector.  At present he holds joint appointments as an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resource Management and Geography in the University of Melbourne, as well as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Water for the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria.