About

Ecolink is a fresh face in the field of ecological consulting, providing innovative, timely and accurate advice to planners, developers, government agencies and a range of land managers who need to understand the ecological values of their land.

The directors, Stuart Cooney and Simon Scott, tired of working in the traditional consultancy model, strive to provide ecological advice that is concise and relevant to the client’s needs.  The Ecolink difference, is that the experienced project manager is involved in all aspects of the job, from inception to completion, and the right expertise is utilised to ensure you get the best advice possible.

Ecolink will link you to a network of experts around Australia who can provide a higher, more accurate and more thorough level of advice than Companies that try and retain all work “in-house”.  The ecological experts on the books of Ecolink include local area specialists, leading researchers in the ecology of threatened species and consultants that specialise in ecological processes such as fire, weed ecology and hydrology.  Ecolink also engages different disciplines (e.g. arborists, engineers, landscape architects, planners, vegetation contractors) to ensure that the report you get from these experts is consistent and focused on the goal of the project.

Who We Are

With more than twenty years of ecological experience between them, Simon Scott and Stuart Cooney, the Principal Ecologists of Ecolink, saw that the process of providing ecological advice could be done better.  Simon and Stuart use this extensive experience to provide high quality advice in an innovative, cost effective and timely manner.  Simon and Stuart have complementary skills, each specialising in different branches of ecology, while having the comprehensive understanding of relevant legislation and policy to successfully deliver outcomes that exceed the client’s expectations.

Simon Scott – Bachelor of Applied Science (Natural Resources Management) (Honours)

simon-scottSimon Scott is the co-founder, co-owner and a principal ecologist at Ecolink.  Prior to establishing this company, Simon worked as an ecologist for more than 16 years.  Simon has worked on flora and fauna projects throughout Victoria, developing extensive botanical and zoological survey skills.  Assessments have included environmental impact assessments, habitat hectare assessments, targeted flora and fauna surveys, as well as pest plant and animal surveys.  Key clients have included major infrastructure developers, residential and industrial land developers, government agencies and local authorities.  Simon has developed strong relationships with regulators, which, when combined with expert advice, provides accurate and timely environmental approvals.

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Dr Stuart Cooney – Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) (Honours), Doctor of Philosophy (Ecology, Evolution and Systematics) (Australian National University)

stuart-cooneyStuart Cooney is the co-founder, co-owner and a principal ecologist at Ecolink.   Stuart has been working in the ecological field for more than ten years. Following a successful academic career that saw Stuart learn his craft as an ornithologist, doing work across Australia on various projects, he has been working as a consultant ecologist for the last 8 years, putting these skills to practical use. Stuart is currently serving his second elected term as a Board Member of Birdlife Australia, Australia’s peak ornithological organisation.  As an ecological consultant, Stuart has had extensive experience with a variety of threatened bird species including Hooded Plovers in relation to the Victorian desalination project, Brolgas in relation to numerous Wind Farm projects in Western Victoria and shorebirds in a range of wetland and coastal environments.

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