Quote To Live By: “Champions … have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”-Muhammad Ali


  • Environmental issue identification & management
  • Environmental monitoring programs
  • Environmental data and compliance reporting
  • Water monitoring design and implementation
  • Stakeholder engagement

  • Full Profile

    Stephen is a dedicated environmental professional with over 20 years’ experience in senior roles across various industry sectors, government and research (CSIRO). He has led and managed compliance and baseline environmental monitoring programs and has been a part of a highly-regarded team of field operatives, known for reliably working effectively and safely.

    Stephen is committed to developing innovative strategies to solve complex problems across cultural, socio-economic and scientific contexts. 

    A dedicated client advocate, he produces timely, cost effective and high quality results for his clients.  Stephen has a proven ability to build trusted relationships within a variety of settings, engaging and influencing landowners, indigenous groups across northern Australia, senior managers and executive government decision makers..   


    • Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA), QUT
    • Bachelor of Science, Australian Environmental Studies, Griffith University
    • Graduate Diploma, Sustainable Land Management, Griffith University
    • Diploma, Conservation and Land Management, Tocal College
    • Australian Rural Leadership Program, Graduate/Fellow, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation
    • Commissioner for Declarations, QLD Department of Justice


    Oil and Gas Experience


    Water Studies Leader

    Lead the development and implementation of baseline operational surface and groundwater studies across all NSW tenements. Includes the researching and implementation of innovative monitoring technologies that ensured high quality data but provide substantial ongoing cost savings.


    Community Engagement/Industry Representation & Advocacy

    Provide industry representation at key sensitive community and industry events.

    Due to the sensitive nature of the issues in NSW, broad knowledge of the technical aspects of industry, environment and community and extensive experience with similar situations ensured high quality outcomes in often very difficult circumstances.

    Government Experience

    Federal Government

    Queensland Landcare Facilitator

    Built and maintained executive level partnerships, policy liaison, intelligence collection and strategy development on behalf of the Australian Government.

    Assessment, delivery and supervision responsibilities for several multi-million- dollar policy and grant programs across Queensland.


    Research Leader/Community Engagement Specialist

    Developed industry codes of practice for the Northern Beef Industry.  Requiring extensive hands on engagement with property managers and scientific experts to prepare regionally relevant, pragmatic and scientifically robust documents for good property management for the industry.

    Built partnerships ensuring the critical mass of stakeholders was committed enabling the start of a large multi-discipline regional research project in the Kimberly WA.

    Brisbane City Council

    Program Leader

    Coordinated the development and creative thinking aspects of Brisbane’s internationally recognised WaterSmart City Strategy, a sustainability strategy that includes citywide Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and integrates socio-cultural aspects of livable cities while addressing the City’s future economic and growth needs.

    Queensland Government

    Scientist/Policy Analyst

    Developed statewide legislatively bound environmental codes of practice for the Queensland sugar industry.  In doing so provided high levels of environmental habitat protection, ensured pragmatic land management practices for industry while meeting legislative imperatives. Project was undertaken under intense ministerial, industry, and conservation group scrutiny and was hailed by academics at the time as leading example of high quality natural resource management.

    Publications and Presentations

    Kraatz, M, Sullivan, S, Tapsall, S., Tubman, W., O’Donnell, K. 2006. Perspectives on managing grazing country: graziers talk about successfully managing their country: Northern Gulf. Tropical Savannas CRC, Darwin.

    Kraatz, M, Sullivan, S, Tapsall, S., Tubman, W., O’Donnell, K. 2006. Perspectives on managing grazing country: graziers talk about successfully managing their country: Cape River. Tropical Savannas CRC, Darwin.

    Greiner, R., Cowell, C., Stokes, C., Tapsall, S., Kinloch, J., Kinimonth, S., Murray, A. 2001. A socioeconomic profile of the natural resource-based industries in the (East) Kimberley, Report for the Ord Bonaparte Program. August 2001, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Townsville.

    Sullivan, S., Kraatz, M., Tapsall, S., Tubman, W., O’Donnell, K. 2006. Perspectives on managing grazing country: graziers talk about successfully managing their country: VRD. Tropical Savannas CRC, Darwin.

    Sullivan, S, Kraatz, M, Tapsall, S., Tubman, W., O’Donnell, K 2006. Perspectives on managing grazing country: graziers talk about successfully managing their country: Sturt Plateau. Tropical Savannas CRC, Darwin.

    Tapsall, S., Beumer, J., Marohasy, J. 1999. On-Farm Maintenance of Marine Fish Habitats for Cane Growers – Fish Habitat Code of Practice FHC 003. Qld Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane, 1999.

    Tapsall, S., Couchman, D., Beumer, J., & J Marohasy. 2000. Cane Growers On-farm Maintenance of Drains with Marine Plants: Fish Habitat Code of Practice for Use with Strategic Permits Issued under Section 51 of the Fisheries Act 1994. Fisheries Group, Qld Department of Primary Industries, January 2000.

    Tapsall, S., Cowell, S., Loneragan, N. 2001. Values of Fisheries Resources of the Lower Ord River, Cambridge Gulf and Joseph Bonaparte Gulf. Confidential Report for the Ord-Bonaparte Program, 2001.

    Tapsall, S. & Marohasy, J. 1999. Fish Habitat Protection on Cane Farms Through Co-operatively Developed Codes of Practice. Paper at 1999 International Symposium for Society & Resource Management, Bris.

    Taylor K, Walker D, Cechet. B, Palmer M, Bates L E, Murray A, Murty J, Tapsall S and Taranto T. 2001. The Ord Bonaparte resource information system: A community resource for regional development. Scoping Phase Final Report June 2001. CSIRO Mathematics and Information Sciences Technical Report 02/41.

    Williams, J, Powell,B, Beumer,J, Williams,R, Tapsall, S, Bowman,G, Bek,P, White,I, Champion,J, Wood, L, Colley,G, Grant,J. 2000. National Strategy for the Management of Coastal Acid Sulfate Soils. N.S.W.

    Acknowledged Contributor

    Bavins, M., Couchman, D., Beumer, J. 2000. Fisheries Guidelines for Fish Habitat Buffers, Department of Primary Industries, Queensland, Fish Habitat Guidelines FHG 003.

    Greiner, R., Larson, S., Herr, A. and Pinger, P. 2005. Independent travellers in the North Kimberley: Benefits, impacts and management challenges. CSIRO, Townsville and Tropical Savannas CRC, Darwin.

    Hopkins, E., White, M., Clarke, A. 1998. Restoration of Fish Habitats – Fisheries Guidelines for Marine Areas FHG 002. Qld Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane 1998.

    Hopkins, E., White, M. 1998. Dredging Extraction and Spoil Disposal Activities: Departmental Procedures for Provision of Fisheries Comments. Qld Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane 1998.

    International Maritime Organisation. 1998. Best Practice Guidelines for Waste Reception Facilities at Ports, Marinas and Boat Harbours in Australia and New Zealand.

    Layden, I. 2008. Wetland Management Handbook: A guide to managing wetlands in intensive agriculture with Farm Management Systems. QDPIF, Brisbane.

    Lund, M. & McCrea, A. 2001. Assessment of the Ecological Risk associated with Irrigation in the Ord Catchment.

    Turvey, N., Larsen P. 2001. Agroforestry R7D Priorities for Northern Australia; RIRDC publication No. 01/142. RIRDC.  ( Queensland Government. 2000. Planning and Management of Coastal Development involving Acid Sulfate Soils, Qld Government, Brisbane 2000.

    Vella, K.; Williams, R.; Walker, D.; Smajgl, A.; Kirschbaum, M.; Greiner, R. 2005. Viewpoint: Social and Economic Dimension of Involving Savanna Communities in Carbon Management Systems. Australian Journal of Botany, 2005, 53, 741-747.

    WA Planning Commission. 2003. The Coastal Planning and Management Manual – A Community Guide for Protecting and Conserving the Western Australian Coast.