[Tamworth, NSW, 19th July 2023]
Shonelle Gleeson-Willey the Director of Moss Environmental Pty Ltd is delighted to announce it has merged with OzEnvironmental Pty Ltd, a like-minded boutique rural consultancy.
OzEnvironmental has operated since 2011 in the discipline of environmental and social impact management. It has built a formidable reputation acting for rural councils and landholders on energy and mining projects across Australia, including NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory.
OzEnvironmental Director, Adjunct Professor Warwick Giblin, will remain actively involved with Moss Environmental as a key team member, bringing over forty years of experience in the environmental sector. Warwick is a former executive with Hyder Consulting, Pacific Waste Management, Sydney Water, National Parks & Wildlife Service and WSN Environmental Solutions.
With this deal, Moss Environmental expands its environment and heritage service offerings and has significantly expanded capabilities in the practice area of social impact and stakeholder engagement.
‘I am very excited to announce this merger and our company’s increased capabilities, especially for bespoke services to regional and rural councils and landholders,’ said Shonelle Gleeson-Willey, Director of the Moss Group of Companies.
‘With this deal, Moss Environmental expands its environment and heritage service offerings and has significantly expanded capabilities in the practice area of social impact and stakeholder engagement, with many years of experience in the renewable energy sector. Warwick and I have been working on this merger for a few years, to ensure that our vision and company cultures aligned and that we complimented each other in our management styles.’
‘As the Moss Group, we are a very unique regional consultancy able to deliver expertise across three facets of consulting; Environmental, Heritage and Social Impact, whether it’s for a major project or a small road upgrade we partner with our clients to deliver quality advice and reporting.’
In announcing the merger, Warwick Giblin commented: ‘Local communities often find themselves up against very big players who seek to conduct activities that raise environmental, social and economic concerns.’
‘There have previously been two courses of action:
‘The first is to tackle these large companies or government authorities in an all-guns-blazing, emotional and ill-informed approach. Sadly, this is rarely taken seriously and runs out of steam before any positive results can be achieved,’ he said.
‘The second involves desperately seeking help from an endless list of folks who may or may not have the expertise – or the desire – to see the issue through to its conclusion.
‘There is a way to harness the necessary technical and political horsepower to match these big players and level the playing field. That’s where we come in.’
Moss Environmental now offers a highly specialised consultancy service that will advocate to protect the interests of local government and landholders, with a focus on judging the environmental, social and economic benefits and costs of major projects and identifying who reaps the benefits and who bears the costs.