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Robert Milne

Robert Milne

Research Associate

Rob has worked in the natural resource management and environmental science fields since 1997. Rob has worked on a wide range of environmental research and consultancy projects as an Environmental Scientist for Federation University Australia's Centre for Environmental Management. Rob joined CeRDI in 2013 and has worked on a range of knowledge management and spatial applications in the agricultural and natural resource management sectors. Rob completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management at Ballarat University College in 1992 and worked for five years as a partner in the family farming business at Cavendish, Victoria. Rob has extensive experience in working with industry, all levels of government and community organisations on a wide range of natural resource management issues. Rob has developed specialist skills in Geographic Information Systems and data management.

Call: 03 5327 9488
Email: r.milne@federation.edu.au

Professional qualifications
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Biological Resource Management), University of Ballarat (1992)
Professional commitments
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Biodiversity Response Planning advisory group (South West region) (2018)
  • Corangamite Catchment Management Authority Land Health Program Steering Committee (2016-2017)
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning NRM standard output reporting platform advisory group (2016-2017)
  • State Wide Flora and Fauna Teams planning group (since 2014)
  • Leigh Catchment Group board member and Vice Chair (2010-2012)
Professional memberships
  • Australian Citizen Science Association
Professional experience
  • 2013-present: Research Associate, Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation, Federation University Australia
  • 2011-2013: Research Associate, Centre for Environmental Management, Federation University Australia
  • 1997-2011: Project Officer, Centre for Environmental Management, Federation University Australia
  • 1993-1997: Farm partner, Helm View Partnership, Cavendish, Australia
  • Journal papers

    Hansen, B.D., Dahlhaus, P.G., Milne, R.G., MacLeod, A.D., & Pitfield, C. (in press). The Natural Resource Management Planning Portal: Lessons for NRM planning and reporting. Society and Natural Resources.

    Dahlhaus, P.G., Nicholson, C., Ryan, B., MacLeod, A., & Milne, R. (2018). Liberating soil data for profitable agriculture and catchment health in the Corangamite region, Australia. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 61(3), 333-339. doi: 10.1080/00288233.2018.1432491

    Walters, J., Milne, R., & Thompson, H. (2018). Online farm trials: A national web-based information source for Australian grains research, development and extension. Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal, 14(1), 117-123.

    Westbrooke, M., Leversha, J., Gibson, M., O'Keefe, M., Milne, R., Gowans, S., Harding, C., & Callister, K. (2003). The vegetation of Peery Lake area, Paroo-Darling National Park, western New South Wales. Cunninghamia, 8(1), 111-128.

  • Conferences

    Schultz N, Good M, Hansen B and Milne R (2016) Tree decline in the agricultural landscapes of South Australia. 11th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference. Melbourne Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Australia, 14-18 November 2016.

    Milne R and Hansen B (2016) Engaging communities for prioritising natural resource management and biodiversity conservation actions. Paper presented at Locate16 Conference, 13-14 April 2016, Melbourne, Victoria.

    Milne R (2016) Online Farm Trials - a national grains research information resource. Paper presented at Grains Research and Development Corporation Research Update Conference, 9 February 2016, Adelaide, South Australia.

    Thompson H, Dahlhaus P, Milne R, Hansen B and MacLeod A (2015) The NRM Planning Portal: Matching regional and local priorities to identify partnership opportunities in catchment management. Australian Citizen Science Conference 2015: Maximising the Capacity of Citizen Science for Science and Society. Canberra, 23-24 July 2015.

    Dahlhaus PG, MacLeod A, McKenna K, Milne R and Thompson H (2014) Online information to maximise soil health. Poster presented at Digital Rural Futures Conference, 25-27 June 2014, Toowoomba, Queensland.

    Milne R, Dahlhaus PG, Nicholson C, Thompson H, MacLeod A, Feely P, McCue T, Gillett H and Corbett J (2014) Online Farm Trials: a research repository for Australian grain growers. Paper presented at Digital Rural Futures Conference, 25-27 June 2014, Toowoomba, Queensland.

  • Reports

    Dahlhaus, P., Nicholson, C., Ryan, B., MacLeod, A., & Milne, R. (2017). Federating private and public soil data: The Corangamite Soil Health Knowledge Base Project. Profile, 183, 22-23.

    Murphy, A., McKenna, K., Milne, R., Taylor, M., Corbett, J., Dahlhaus, P., & Thompson, H. (2016). Online Farm Trials (OFT) impact research: eResearch (first wave) extended timeframe research study. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation, Federation University Australia.

    Symons, J., Jones, R.N., Milne, R., & MacLeod, A. (2015). Economic Geography of Bushfire and Flood Vulnerability in Victoria at the Statistical Local Area Scale, Climate Change Working Paper No. 26. Melbourne, Australia: Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University.

    Dahlhaus, P.G., Thompson, H., McKenna, K., & Milne, R. (2014). Building resilience in farming and agribusiness - Victorian adaptation sustainability partnerships. Literature review and gap analysis. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation, Federation University Australia.

    Milne, R. (2013). Vegetation Assessment of 'Banongil', Skipton. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Palmer, G., Westbrooke, M., Gowans, S., Milne, R., Florentine, S., & Champness, B. (2013). Ecosystem function analysis: Cypress-pine woodland. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Gowans, S., Milne, R., Westbrooke, M., & Palmer, G. (2012). Survey of Vegetation and Vegetation Condition of Toorale. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R. (2012). Mapping assessment of Phytophthora cinnamomi at Wreck Beach, Great Otway National Park. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Lee, M. (2012). Sites of high environmental risk mapsheets: VicRoads Western Region. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., Palmer, G., & Gowans, S. (2012). Grampians Peaks Trail (Stage 1) Environmental Assessment: Proposed Sundial-Mount Rosea walking track realignment, proposed Mount Rosea hikers campsite, proposed Mount Rosea walking track realignment, proposed Mount Rosea-Borough Huts walking track realignment, proposed Borough Huts-Lake Bellfield track. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., Palmer, G., & Grundell, R. (2012). Loo-Errn Boardwalk, Wilsons Promontory National Park: Environmental impact and net gain assessment. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Palmer, G., Grundell, R., Florentine, S., Gowans, S., Milne, R., Miller, T., & Lee, M. (2012). Pest Plant Mapping and Monitoring for Greater Bendigo National Park: Kamarooka Section. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Gowans, S., & Milne, R. (2011). Keilor Park Drive Bridge, over Albion-Broadmeadows Rail: Desktop Environmental (Flora & Fauna) Assessment. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R. (2011). Calder Highway, Marong-Bendigo: Flora and Fauna Desktop Assessment. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R. (2011). Environmental Assessment and Net Gain of Proposed Housing Development, Hocking Avenue, Mount Clear. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., Gibson, M., Palmer, G., & Lee, M. (2011). 'Ngootyoong Mirring, Ngootyoong Mara' South West Management Plan: Review and Evaluation of Ecological Knowledge. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Gibson, M., Palmer, G., & Milne, R. (2010). Goulburn Valley Freeway Shepparton Bypass - Investigative Biological Survey and Habitat Study. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Gibson, M., Palmer, G., Milne, R., & Gowans, S. (2010). Ecosystem Function Monitoring 2006-2010. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Gowans, S., Milne, R., & Warnock, A. (2010). Vegetation Assessment: Lots 18 and 19, 319a Richards Street, Ballarat East. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R. (2010). Great Ocean Walk, Native Vegetation Net Gain Assessment: Moonlight Valley to Twelve Apostles Proposed Track Realignments. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R. (2010). Vegetation Assessment: Proposed Subdivision Access Road Cardigan Village Hadden-Windemere Road. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., Gibson, M., & Lee, M. (2010). Mount Rosea Hikers Camp, Grampians National Park: Flora, Fauna and Net Gain Assessment. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Lee, M. (2010). Ecological Values and Impact Assessment: Proposed Addiscot Beach Access Track Great Otway National Park. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Lee, M. (2010). Weed Database and Maps. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    O'May, J., Harman, J., & Milne, R. (2010). Grow West Landholder Survey - Myrniong and Korkuperrimul Creek Biolinks. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Warnock, A., & Milne, R. (2010). Moorabool Biolink Investigation. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Lee, M., & Milne, R. (2009). Pyrenees Highway (Section 2, Ch 10.100 - 10.450 km) and Symes Road Intersection Safer Roads Infrastructure Program Project: Flora, Fauna and Habitat Hectare Investigation. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Lee, M., Milne, R., & Gibson, M. (2009). Mid-Loddon Sub-Catchment Action Plan 2009-2014. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., Gibson, M., & Lee, M. (2009). Great Ocean Walk, Environmental Impact Assessment: Moonlight Valley to Twelve Apostles Proposed Track Realignment. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., Palmer, G., & Gibson, M. (2009). Environmental Impact Assessment of the Great Ocean Walk: Great Otway National Park and Port Campbell National Park. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Gowans, S., Milne, R., O'May, J., & Palmer, G. (2008). Prioritisation of review of Roadside Conservation Management Plans. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Lee, M., & Milne, R. (2008). McIvor Hwy at Ch.140.750 - 141.100 km - Axe Creek Bridge (SN2412) - Rural Arterial Bridge Project. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Lee, M. (2008). Pyreness Highway (Section 2, Ch 9.98 - 14.80 km) Safer Roads Infrastructure Program; Flora, Fauna and Habitat Hectare Investigation. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Palmer, G., Munawar, S., Gibson, M., & Milne, R. (2008). Grow West Biodiversity Monitoring Project. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Pigott, P., & Milne, R. (2008). Management Plan for Remnant Vegetation Offsets at 'Banongil Station', Skipton. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Gibson, M., & Milne, R., (2007). Viewshed Analysis of Proposed Windfarm at Tuki Farm. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R. (2007). Moorabool Shire Biodiversity Habitat Mapping. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Gibson, M. (2007). Vegetation Assessment: Crown allotments 7,119, 121, 122, 123 (Part) 124A Section 14, Crown Allotment 12c Section 15, Crown Allotment 507 (no section), Western Highway, Ararat. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Gibson, M. (2007). Vegetation Assessment: Proposed Subdivision, Corner Duggan St and Boronia Rd, Black Hill. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Kendal, L. (2007). City of Ballarat Environmental Sustainability Strategy. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & O'Keefe, M. (2007). Pyrenees Highway Curve Realignment - Flora, Fauna and Habitat Hectare Assessment. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Pigott, J.P. (2007). Ground Truthing of Default Habitat Hectare Score Mapping. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Palmer, G., D'Ombrain, T., Gibson, M., Milne, R., Leversha, J., Gowans, S., & Pigott, J.P. (2007). Corangamite Vegetation Assessment Survey. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R. (2006). Habitat Tree Inspection: Western Highway. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Kendal, L. (2006). Draft City of Ballarat Environmental Sustainability Strategy. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., Palmer, G., & Leversha, J. (2006). Framework for Achieving Net Gain in Native Vegetation through Roadside Management. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Palmer, G., Callister, K., Baker, B., Milne, R., Gibson, M., & Szigethy-Gyula, J. (2006). Ecological report on compliance with FFG Act permit conditions during removal of aerial signal infrastructure within biosites on the Melbourne to Ballarat line. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Palmer, G., O'May, J., Gibson, M., & Milne, R. (2006). Proposed Bellarine Lakes Village, 402-404 Bellarine Highway, Moolap: Environmental Management Plan. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Westbrooke, M., Gibson, M., & Milne, R. (2006). Preliminary assessment of risk for further seismic survey within Battersby and Bulley Blocks, Lower Glenelg National Park. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Gowans, S., Leversha, J., & Milne, R. (2005). Mount Mercer Nature Conservation Reserve: The Role of Disturbance Regimes in Maintaining Biodiversity. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Gowans, S., Leversha, J., & Milne, R. (2005). Victorian Volcanic Plains Grasslands Glenelg Hopkins Study: The Role of Disturbance Regimes in Maintaining Biodiversity. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R. (2005). Strategic Assessment of Fragmentation of Parks and Reserves by Roads and Tracks: Supplementary Information on the Level of Fragmentation of Box-Ironbark Parks and Reserves by Roads and Tracks. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., D'Ombrain, T., & Leversha, J. (2005). Native Vegetation Mapping and Review of the Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO1). Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Westbrooke, M., Gibson, M., Milne, R., Gowans, S., Callister, K., Florentine, S., & Whittle, D. (2005). The Vegetation of Gundabooka National Park, Western New South Wales. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Draper, R., Gowans, S., Gibson, M., Baker, B., & Milne, R. (2004). Wetland Dependent Fauna in the Birchip Area, North-west Victoria. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R. (2004). Restoration of Dryland Ecology, Ephemeral Waterways and Wetlands: A Research Audit. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Gibson, M. (2004). Strategic Assessment of Fragmentation of Parks and Reserves by Roads and Tracks: Phase 3 - Risks and Values. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., Gibson, M., & Kendal, L. (2004). Enhanced Management of Environmental and Cultural Heritage Management Assets on Roadsides. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Ross, J. (2004). Craigieburn Grassland Nature Conservation Reserve - Land Use History and Grazing Management Guidelines. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Harding, C., Gibson, M., Milne, R., & Callister, K. (2003). Gap Analysis - Identification of Priority Sites for the Establishment of Protected Areas Network: A Database Approach - Port Phillip Region. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Baker, B., Douglas, S., & Milne, R. (2002). Assessment of the Environmental Risks of the Proposed Six Peaks Walking Track in Mount Cole State Forest and Mount Buangor State Park. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Gibson, M., Milne, R., Cahill, D., Wilson, B., & Baker, B. (2002). Preliminary Review of the Actual and Potential Distribution of Phytophthora cinnamomi Dieback in Parks and Reserves Across Victoria. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Leversha, J., Irvin, M., Milne, R., Gibson, M., Kerr, M., & Harding, C. (2002). Proposed High Voltage Transmission Line Between South Australia and New South Wales (SNI) Environmental Impact Statement - NSW Flora and Fauna Assessment, Northern Route (Ammended). Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Gibson, M. (2002). Leigh Catchment Project Database. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Gibson, M. (2002). Strategic Assessment of Fragmentation of Parks and Reserves by Roads and Tracks: Phase 2 - Level of Fragmentation of Parks and Reserves by Roads and Tracks. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Harding, C. (2002). Great Ocean Walk Development Risk Assessment: Otway National Park. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Kerr, M. (2002). Great Ocean Walk Environmental Values Assessment: Otway National Park. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Westbrooke, M., Leversha, J., Gibson, M., Milne, R., Gowans, S., Harding, C., & O'Keefe, M. (2002). The Vegetation of Peery National Park Western New South Wales. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Hadden, S., & Milne, R. (2001). Murray Central Reserves Baseline Assessments. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Kerr, M., & Milne, R. (2001). Great Ocean Walk, Port Campbell National Park: Development Risk Assessment. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Leversha, J., Milne, R., Gibson, M., Brown, G., & Kerr, M. (2001). Proposed High Voltage Transmission Line Between South Australia and New South Wales (SNI) Environmental Impact Statement. NSW / VIC Flora and Fauna Impact Working Paper. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Kerr, M., Milne, R., & Gibson, M. (2000). Vegetation Mapping Study. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Westbrooke, M., Kerr, M., Leversha, J., Gibson, M., Milne, R., Hadden, S., & Gowans, S. (2000). Vegetation Survey of the Proposed Extension to Mungo National Park. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Gibson, M., Leversha, J., Prevett, P., & Milne, R. (1999). Koala Habitat Assessment. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Kerr, M., Milne, R., & Gibson, M. (1999). Vegetation Mapping Study. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., Kerr, M., & Gibson, M. (1999). Great Ocean Walk, Port Campbell National Park: Environmental Values Assessment. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., O'May, J., Ross, J., Heislers, A., & Saunders, D. (1999). Mid-term review of the Natural Heritage Trust: Indigenous protected areas program. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., O'May, J., Ross, J., Heislers, A., & Saunders, D. (1999). Mid-term review of the Natural Heritage Trust: National reserve system program. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., O'May, J., Ross, J., Heislers, A., & Saunders, D. (1999). Mid-term Review of the Natural Heritage Trust: World Heritage Management Program. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., Westbrooke, M., Norman, L., Jackson, J. & O'May, J. (1999). Terrick Terrick National Park Land Use History and Grazing Management Guidelines. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Gibson, M., Kerr, M., Milne, R., & Wilcock, P. (1998). Strategic Assessment of Condition of Vegetation in Victorian Parks. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Leversha, J., Milne, R., Capicchiano, L. & Brown, G. (1998). ETSA Transmission / TransGrid Riverlink (SANI) Project Environmental Impact Statement: Preliminary Flora and Fauna Study. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

    Milne, R., & Miller, J. (1997). Wimmera Catchment Regional Vegetation Plan. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat.

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