Encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment

The Environment Committee meets monthly to discuss environmental issues relevant to the Western Australian community in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.



Amanda Elizabeth

Specialist Area: Oceans

Amanda completed her Bachelor of Marine Science degree at Murdoch University. She then went on to complete her Masters in Marine Biological Science at the University of Western Australia and will be completing her Master’s in Business Administration at Murdoch University this year. In 2019, she was awarded a Women in Shark Science Scholarship, from which she spent one month in South Africa studying endemic sharks. Amanda sits on the Board of Directors of the Australian Biome Project and acts as a spokesperson for Ocean Guardian’s Shark Shield. With a passion for the environment and conservation, Amanda created www.finfreesoup.com, a concept designed to shed light on Australia’s involvement in the shark fin trade. She has since turned this into a documentary for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Amanda continues to focus her passion and energy into uncovering new information about sharks as well as helping to protect them from anthropogenic influences.

Deputy Convenor

Dr Sonja Kuzich

Specialist Area: Education

Sonja Kuzich is a Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy, at the School of Education (Curtin University). She is currently the Vice President of the Professional Teaching Council of Western Australia (PTCWA), Executive   member of the Western Australian Institute of Educational Research (WAIER) and a member of the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE). Her research interests include social justice and equity, educational policy development and implementation particularly through a sustainability agenda, and the impact of nature on children’s affective and cognitive outcomes. She is on both the Education and Environment Committees with UNAAWA.


Lucy Mulcahy

Specialist Area: Forest and Biodiversity

With a background in natural resource management and experience in sustainable forestry Lucy Mulcahy really enjoys spending time outdoors. She is passionate about ensuring that future generations can enjoy spending time outdoors too, through careful management actions by our current generation. With former experience in the state government and current work with the WA timber industry peak body, she hopes to bring her skills to the committee as a newcomer in 2018. Her years spent in WA’s beautiful south west forests for work means that she can’t quite switch off and enjoy the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku (forest bathing) but she does study Japanese in her spare time.

Corporate Sustainability Lead

Dr Marianne Dahle

Specialist Area: Corporate Sustainability and Strategic Climate Change Management

Dr Marianne Dahle is a highly qualified corporate sustainability and climate change professional with extensive experience gained through multiple roles across industries; including mining, energy, financial services, management consulting, and academia. Marianne is originally from Norway and has worked in Oslo, Geneva and London before moving to Perth. Marianne has been involved with formulating, implementing   and aligning a range of organisational strategies and  solutions that integrate sustainability goals into products, processes, and services. She has developed, coordinated, and delivered a corporate sustainability programs and contributed to authoring a sustainability university degree. She has also published in international sustainability journals. Marianne has a PhD in Strategic Climate Change Management from UWA Business School; a MSc in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics; an MBA from Nottingham University Business School; and a BSc from the University of Bergen, Norway. Marianne is the mother of three.

Mining and Energy Lead

Dr Cristina Perbelini Silva

Specialist Area: Mining and Energy

Originally from Brazil, Cristina has moved to Australia after graduating in Engineering, in which she joined the University of Western Australia to do a PhD in decision support systems for water resources management. After graduating Cristina worked with consulting focusing on decision automation systems for mining and supply chain management, and currently Cristina works at BHP while also holding the role of portfolio lead for mining and energy at UNAAWA. Cristina is very passionate about how automation technology will help and/or impact society in the future.

Sustainability Co-Lead and Communications

Melissa Arias

Specialist Area: Sustainability and Communications

Melissa Arias is driven by the pursuit of sustainability in Western Australia. She is a passionate advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals and mitigation of environmental degradation, and believes that each one of us that makes a small change, can make a greater difference. Melissa completed both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business, and testament to her passion for the field, topped her class in Managing in Sustainability following with an award from the Department of Communities. Melissa hopes that through advocacy and engagement with communities, schools and corporates, we can identify the opportunities aligned with adopting the SDGs and targets.

Sustainability Co-Lead

Patrick Ilot

Specialist Area: Sustainability


Patrick is the founder and Director of Perspektiv, a Perth based sustainability consultancy. Perspektiv apply the principles of sustainable development to drive business excellence and since being established in March 2017 have established themselves as preeminent leaders within the infrastructure sector, having been awarded the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s (ISCAs) Impact Award and also their Outstanding Achievement Award. Patrick a sustainability expert, originally qualified as an Environmental Scientist and now has more than 20 years industry experience working on the planning, design, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of all classes of infrastructure. Patrick is passionate about all of the UN’s SDG’s, but in particular Goal 9: Building resilient infrastructure, promoting sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation, and sees this as the key to unlocking Western Australia’s unique opportunity to lead the country and the region towards a better future.

Agricultural Lead

Terry Burnage

Specialist Area: Agriculture

Terry Burnage has over 30 years professional experience gained primarily in agribusiness, aquaculture, food and related industries. He has worked extensively throughout Western Australia, Africa, the Middle East as well as in China and east Asia, and the UK, and accordingly has knowledge of many primary production and supply chain management systems. He has a keen interest in sustainable production, extracting value from supply chains and minimising waste streams.

Terry’s extensive private sector experience ranges from establishing successful business start-up’s through to holding senior consultant and management positions in international business development with multi-national companies. He has a successful track record of securing investment, and working with international partners to develop agri-food projects, establish joint ventures, transfer technology and manage international operations. Terry has held a number of senior roles in Western Australian government departments including; Regional Economist and General Manager International Agribusiness Consulting, Export Development, as well as working as advisor and project manager with a number of international development agencies including FAO, UNDP, AusAid, and British ODA.

Youth Representative

Natalie Muhl

I am currently finishing my double science major of Environmental Management and Sustainability/ Conservation and Wildlife biology at Murdoch University and have a passion for community engagement and sustainable development. Throughout the past three years, I have applied my passion through multiple volunteer roles, encouraging students and community members to collaborate in environmental management projects. In addition to this, I spend time with my family, friends and my two dogs; Harriett and Audrey. I enjoy going on nature walks, reading field guides and painting with my fiancé. My goal within the Environmental Committee is to have a positive impact within Western Australian, collaborating with other members on events and engaging with the youth of WA.

Agricultural Co-Lead

Maria Then

Maria completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours in Geology) with majors in geophysics, applied geology and geography at The University of Adelaide. After completing her studies, she moved to Perth to work as a Geologist in mining and exploration in consulting and owner-operated roles. She then went on to work as a Geo-Environmental Scientist and has since gained exposure to underground, open pit, exploration geology, laboratory-based work and contaminated site investigations. As a strong advocate for climate change adaptation strategies, sustainable energy and environmental action, Maria is now undertaking a Master of Renewable Energy at Murdoch University. Maria is particularly interested in managing natural resources to create a more sustainable agricultural future with science-based solutions to balance industry and community needs. As a newcomer to the UNAAWA Environment Committee, Maria is excited to harness her passion for the environment and engage with others to create a positive public and environmental impact.

Youth Representative

Ella Wylynko

Ella has been a climate activist, tree hugger, and artist since she could finger paint. Growing up in a sustainably focused and creative family has led Ella to care deeply for; animals, environmental conservation, youth voices being heard, self-expression, and an ecologically economically focused society. Ella has participated in Green New Deal workshops, been a delegate at the Global Youth Changemakers summit (which focused around the Sustainable Development Goals) and incorporates environmental practise and discussion into all elements of her life. She has also started her own small collective; GOSHI, which focuses on supporting young artists in Perth and cultivating creative culture. In her own art practise Ella has merged art and environmentalism creating pieces such as ‘Art like this, but not this’, which was exhibited in The Bird, a piece based on Guernica about how government inaction on the climate emergency will have extreme consequences on citizens. Another piece ‘Inked’ symbolised the power of language and how there is a dominant narrative that allows for colonisation and exploitation of the environment, that frames the environment as a commodity and a right of man. Ella won the Fiona Staniforth Creativity and Innovation Award and was a finalist for WA Youth of the Year in 2018 due to her work.


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