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Rob Catchlove


Rob Catchlove is the Director of Wave Consulting. He is an environmental scientist with over 15 years’ experience in the water sector who has a unique skill set that includes science, engineering, social science and community engagement. Rob has been managing large complex projects for several years, often at the cutting edge of liveability and future cities.

Rob has managed some leading industry projects like the Dobson’s Creek Disconnection Project (a $5-million-dollar project that involved extensive engagement with council and residents), and Rockbank North, a greenfield integrated water project that aimed to deliver the best mix of recycled water, potable water and rainwater harvesting for the best amenity benefit. Rob is now leading the Halpin St Microgrid project which is a local community project that has led to engagement with all of the major electricity retailer and network providers and search for new electricity services and cost structures. Rob provides advice to precinct developments and small scale developments that need assistance with photovoltaics and batteries.

Rob was previously at Alluvium Consulting Australia (6 years), Melbourne Water (6 years) and the Bureau of Meteorology (6 years). He has guest lectured at Melbourne University, is a judge for the Banksia Foundation’s sustainability awards and was selected to be on the Expert Panel for the ACT Government’s WSUD Review. He has also been president and board member of various community groups.

When Rob isn’t at work he is hanging out with the kids in the park, school, campground and the backyard. At home he is working towards a zero net emissions house (through zero gas use, energy efficiency and use of a 6 kW solar and 6 kWh battery system), state of the art water system and creative and edible landscape.  




R Catchlove (2015). Driving down the cost of WSUD:  Case study of Dobson’s Creek. Stormwater Victoria State Conference. 

R Catchlove, L Duncan, E Phillips, S Van de Meene (2012). Insights for future capacity building: reflections on a study tour for water sensitive cities and the value of experiential learning.  Water: Journal of the Australian Water Association 39 (1), 42

RH Catchlove, J Ewert (2012). Liveability and water: Moving from visions and principles to the suburbs. WSUD 2012: Water sensitive urban design; Building the water sensitive.

JF Lewis, R Catchlove, T Prosser (2012). Dobson's creek DCI retrofit project; testing new models of Inter-agency collaboration. WSUD 2012: Water sensitive urban design. 

S Eggleton, R Catchlove, PJ Morison (2012). Assessing and responding to local government's capacity to deliver sustainable stormwater management. WSUD 2012: Water sensitive urban design.

R Catchlove, AK Milenkovic, S Rosskaresh, H Brown (2010). Raingardens or Rainwater Tanks Community’s Willingness to Install and Effectiveness in Achieving Regional Change. National Conference of The Stormwater Industry Association.

R Catchlove, M Francey (2007). Hotspots-a methodology for identifying, prioritising and tackling litter in urban environments. Rainwater and Urban Design 2007.

R Catchlove, S Lloyd, B Armstrong, J Castle, S Bright (2007). Why a community engagement framework is fundamental for healthy waterways. Rainwater and Urban Design 2007, 140

J Elliott, R Catchlove, S Sooriyakumaran, R Thompson (2005). Recent advances in the development of flood forecasting and warning services in Australia. International conference on innovation, advances and implementation of flood forecasting.

R Catchlove, C Leahy, A Seed, T Malone (2005). An investigation into the use of REAL-TIME radar rainfall and comparison with point gauge estimates for flood forecasting 29 th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium.

A Baker, P Rasmussen, K Parkyn, R Catchlove, E Kazazic (2005). A case study of the December 2003 Melbourne storm: the meteorology, rainfall intensity, and impacts of flash flooding. 29th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium: Water Capital, 20-23 February.

R Catchlove, C Leahy, A Seed, T Malone (2005). An investigation into the use of real-time radar rainfall and comparison with point gauge estimates for flood forecasting. 29th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium: Water Capital, 20-23 February ...

R Catchlove, S Sooriyakumaran, J Elliott (2005). From research to operations-a case study based on the provision of the Bureau's Flood Warning Service. Hydrometeorological Applications of Weather and Climate Modelling”, BMRC.

RH Catchlove, JE Ball (2003). A hydroinformatic approach to the development of areal reduction factors. 28th International Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium: About Water.



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