"Braking the barriers!" Experts in finding solutions to problems of the seasonally and tropics; coal, gasification/CSG, and flood mitigation.
Whilst C&R Consulting may, on the face of it, look like it is just a small regional environmental consulting firm, the reality is that this business is on the cutting edge of developing sustainable technologies and is highly sought after for expert technical advice by both government and multinational business.
Dr Chris Cuff and Dr Cecily Rasmussen are the two directors of this firm, and have, between them, more than 60 years experience in careers within universities and the environmental and consulting industries.
Dr Cuff, a world leading expert on the properties of swelling clays and soil dispersivity, is a member of the scientific panel of experts commissioned by the Queensland State Government (DEEDI) to advise Cabinet on evaluating the outcomes of UCG trials with a view to developing a policy framework for UCG in Queensland. This type of scientific and environmental advice has also been sought of Dr Cuff and C&R Consulting by numerous other companies.
In a related advisory capacity, C&R Consulting are in the process of establishing a facility to consider the effects of, and develop risk analysis strategies for, extreme rainfall events such as those responsible for the devastating flooding in Central Queensland in both January 2008 and December 2010/January 2011. This facility is likely to be centred in Emerald and driven by C&R Consulting’s principal in Central Queensland, Geoffrey Kavanagh.
Kavanagh has been intimately involved with water reform in Queensland for over 20 years and has developed flood prediction methods for the Emerald region that have proven accurate in height, volume, velocity, and most importantly, timing. Kavanagh worked with community stakeholders throughout the 2008 and 2010/2011 flood events, and with the Central Highlands Regional Council set a series of proactive methods in place that minimised the impact of the 2010/2011 flood, and increased the resilience of the community to recover from what could have been far more devastating event. As a result of these techniques and actions Kavanagh was recognised for his achievements with a “Disaster Hero Award”, presented to him by the Government of Queensland.
These two examples exhibit the far reaching talent of those within C&R Consulting, and highlight how the initial impression of this firm may miss the hidden gem that it is.