Direct Future Consulting

"Directing our clients towards a more sustainable and liveable future through 
innovative forward thinking, expert advice and collaborative engagement.

COMPANY DIRECTOR - CAROL MUZYK

SKILLS


  • Project Management
  • Planning Approvals & Development Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Management & Sustainability
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Licensing, Permits, Regulation & Compliance
  • Urban and Regional Land Use Planning
  • Strategies, Policies and Plans
  • Waste Management & Waste Management Strategies
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Community Consultation & Engagement
  • Media Liaison

EXPERIENCE

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Carol Muzyk has a 25 year professional history working in South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.

She has developed the ability to utilise her understanding of legislative frameworks to apply her skills across State borders and Local Government council boundaries.


As a result of her qualifications and broad experience in both environment assessment, development assessment and strategic land use planning, Carol has been appointed to various Boards and Committees to provide expert advice, recommendations, and decisions determination at both a State and Local Government level.


With her professional networks and associations, if required, she is able to secure a team of consultants to deliver successful projects, strategies, plans and programs.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE

Carol has extensive experience in local government in South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. In various roles she applied her knowledge, skills and experience in land use planning and environment impact assessment to provide both development and environmental advice, devise planning and environmental policies, develop strategic plans, undertake planning and environmental projects and engage stakeholders in programs, projects and initiatives.


FEDERAL & STATE LEGISLATION

Carol's knowledge of Federal, SA and NT legislation underpinned her appointment as BHP Billiton's OPD Permit Advisor.

In this role she negotiated with both the private sector and a large number of government agencies to secure the construction of the large scale mining facilities including the proposed Hiltaba Village (10,000 person accommodation village) and associated Waste Water Treatment Plant, the Mine Maintenance Facility, the Port Augusta Laydown Yard, the new Airport. and stevedore facilities in both Whyalla and Darwin. A crucial part of this role was the preparation of applications and supporting documentation to secure the identified licences, permits and approvals.


LICENSING, PERMITS, REGULATION & COMPLIANCE

Carol has extensive experience in regulation and compliance. In her role as a Senior Environment Protection Officer at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) of South Australia Carol assessed and approved both development proposals and EPA licence applications for landfills, waste transfer stations, waste recycling depots and wastewater management facilities.


She also has represented the SA EPA and SA Local Government councils in the Environment Resources and Development (ERD) Court. Her ability to apply interpersonal skills, negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution techniques resulted in most of the ERD Court Appeals being resolved at the mediation level, thereby negating the need for prosecution.


PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Carol has experience in project management. She has the ability to develop clear and comprehensive project briefs, tender documents and contracts of engagement. The management of project budgets, the preparation of project reports and undertaking project evaluation to ensure project objectives are achieved, timeframes are met and all tasks are undertaken proficiently.


As a Projects Coordinator, Carol is able to provide leadership and manage the operational functions of a projects team. She has exceptional time management skills and has the ability to plan, organise and manage her own work and lead, manage and mentor others. Using assertive, fair, consistent and consultative approach she has established productive working relationships whilst achieving excellent project outcomes.


DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT

Carol has over 17 years of experience in Development Assessment. She gained this experience through her employment at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) of South Australia, and at various local government Councils in both South Australia and Queensland.

She has the ability to both prepare and assess development applications in a timely fashion in accordance with relevant planning legislation.


Carol has represented the SA EPA and local government councils in the Environment Resources and Development (ERD) Court.


As a result of her skills and experience in development assessment and environmental impact assessment she was appointed as an Independent Member of Council Development Assessment Panels and for two years was appointed as the Environmental Advisor on the SA Government's Development Policy and Advisory Committee (DPAC).



ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Carol's has experience in environmental impact assessment. She gained this experience whilst working at the EPA of South Australia and in the various roles she has undertaken and as environmental planner in Local Government.

Her knowledge and experience environmental impacts assessment was recognised by the University of South Australia who engaged her as a seasonal tutor to assist in the delivery of lecture material, and undertake student assessments in the subject Environmental Impact Assessment.


WASTE MANAGEMENT & WASTE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

Carol has extensive knowledge of the waste management industry having been employed at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) as a Licence Coordinator for waste and recycling facilities. In this role she conducted EPA compliance audits and assessed and approved landfill environmental management plans and closure plans.


Whilst in this position she also presented at various waste management workshops on the effective management and operation of waste management facilities.


In her local government roles she has devised and implemented effective waste management strategies, and provide advice on the effective operation of Council waste and recycling depots.


Carol assisted the City of Sydney in negotiations with the NSW EPA to manage and mitigate landfill gas emissions from one of Sydney's largest historical non- engineered landfills.


For six years Carol was a Board Member of the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA) and served on the NAWMA Audit Committee.



ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Carol has experience in the development, implementation and review of organisation wide Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14000).


Her knowledge and experience in environmental management systems was recognised by the University of South Australia who engaged her as a seasonal lecturer to plan and deliver lecture materials, and undertake student assessments, in the subject Environmental Management Systems.

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION

Carol has working knowledge of how local governments and state governments around Australia are responding to climate change.

She has assisted communities to identify the risks, and to respond to, potential impacts of climate change. She has worked with coastal communities in SA to develop strategies and community emergency management plans in response to sea flood inundation.


In 2015 Carol was appointed as one of two SA representatives to the National Climate Change Adaptation Facilities (NCCARF) CoastAdapt Tool Development Partnership.


The primary role of the Partnership was to support and provide advice to NCCARF during the design, implementation and delivery of the coastal climate risk management tool CoastAdapt.


The purpose of the CoastAdapt tool is to provide information and decision support to Australian coastal decision-makers and their stakeholders (the community, senior management and elected officials).


COMMUNITY BASED EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLANNING

Communities, organisations, local governments and state government agencies throughout Australia need to better connect and work together before, during and after emergencies.


A community based emergency management plan assists a community to identify and build upon their own strengths, together with the appropriate support from support organisations, local government and state government agencies.


This approach enables local community members, including volunteers and staff from organisations, to strengthen connections and build relationships by working together to identify priorities and develop solutions. This may be achieved by connecting and working with existing community based groups, networks and processes, or by developing new ones if required.


Utilising her experience with small communities in both South Australia and New South Wales, Carol can provide leadership in the development of a tailored community based emergency management plan that will assist a community to effectively plan and respond to an emergency event.



PUBLIC SPEAKING & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Carol is an experienced public speaker and public workshop facilitator. She has the ability to plan and facilitate public workshops and information sessions. She has also delivered presentations at numerous workshops, conferences and corporate functions.


Furthermore, in her capacity as a Marriage Celebrant she has solemnised over 500 Marriages, conducted over 200 Life Direction Ceremonies, and officiated numerous Funerals and Memorial Services.


As a Master of Ceremonies she has appeared at various private functions.

QUALIFICATIONS

Carol is an advocate of long life learning. To date she has attained

  • Master of Environmental Management & Sustainability.
  • Graduate Diploma in Urban & Regional Planning.
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health
  • Graduate Diploma in Journalism (partially completed)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science - Biodiversity, Environment & Park Management
  • Diploma in Biomedical Science


BOARD & COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

  • Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA)
  • Gawler River Flood Management Authority
  • Flood Emergency Task Force
  • Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary Collective
  • Murray Darling Basin Association
  • Development Policy Advisory Committee (DPAC)
  • City of Playford Development Assessment Panel
  • City of Charles Sturt Development Assessment Panel
  • City of Burnside Council Assessment Panel
  • NCCARF CoastAdapt Tool Partnership
  • EPA/Local Government Committee
  • Elected Member - City of Playford
  • City of Sydney Landfill Gas Emissions Task Force
  • University of South Australia Planning Policy Committee

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

March - Present

DIRECT FUTURE CONSULTING PTY LTD.

Company Director


February 2017 – Present.

ENVIRONMENT & PLANNING ADVICE.

Environment & Land Use Planning Consultant


October 2020 - Present

CITY OF BURNSIDE COUNCIL ASSESSMENT PANEL

Chairperson


September 2012 – February 2017.

ADELAIDE PLAINS COUNCIL

Strategic Projects Coordinator


June 2009- December 2014

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

Lecturer - Environment Impact Assessment (EIA)


September 2011- September 2012

SMEC PTY LTD.

Senior Environmental Planner


6 Month Short term secondment 2011

THE CITY OF MITCHAM.

Manager -Planning Services


June 2009-September 2011

THE CITY 0F MITCHAM.

Environment Officer (Systems Management Project)


September 2006-June 2009

LIGHT REGIONAL COUNCIL.

Development & Environment Advisor


November 2000 - September 2006

ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AUTHORITY.

Snr Environment Protection Officer


1998 – 2000

TORRENS VALLEY INSTITUTE OF TAFE.

Part-time Lecturer and Laboratory Technician


1994-1998

TAB AUSTRALIA PTY LTD.

Quality Control Technician


1989-1994

INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL & VETERINARY SCIENCE.

Laboratory Technician


1987-1989

MENZIES SCHOOL OF HEALTH RESEARCH.

Research Technician