Henry Gundry

Woodlawn Eco-Precinct
Manager
Tarago, New South Wales
Australia
Published in the dossier of February 2019

Although he had once thought of becoming a forest ranger in a national park, Henry Gundry decided to give different expression to his passion for the environment: he is now the Woodlawn Eco-precinct Manager in Tarago. This site, which forms the hub of a network of interconnected green projects, hosts infrastructure designed and managed by Veolia. It receives waste from the city of Sydney and transforms it into a number of different resources: biogas for electrical generation and waste heat for aquaculture products. Attached to the facility is an agricultural enterprise where sheep and cattle are raised on Veolia’s 15,000 acres of farmland.

Since his arrival in the Group in 2006, Henry has been both witness to and architect of the continued development of the Woodlawn site, which he has been managing since 2017. Initially tasked with ensuring operational environmental compliance, Henry gained experience, drawing on his understanding of sites’ monitoring and compliance systems and drafting technical reports for governmental agencies.

As part of his new responsibilities, Henry communicates daily with his teams, who provide him with a detailed picture of the site’s activities. Together, they review all the necessary aspects for the smooth running of the site, especially the production processes and safety.

“The teams around me are a source of motivation. They help me meet new challenges in terms of innovation and achieve the targets we’ve set for ourselves,” explains Henry. In all these everyday interactions, he prioritizes a direct and casual communication style “that lets you get the best from the people you work with.”

"This authenticity is also down to his local roots: “I live just four kilometers from my workplace and I also grew up in the area. It’s a very important factor, because I’m seen as a real local leading the development of the Eco-Precinct for Veolia while having the surrounding local community’s interests at heart.”

Attached to his local area, Henry is determined to do everything in his power to make Woodlawn an exemplary site. In particular, he mentions the gradual implementation of the aquaculture system, made possible by using the heat generated through biogas capture and electrical generation. This challenge was met with enthusiasm and crowned with success:

“The Eco-Precinct’s objectives and opportunities are constantly evolving, and that’s precisely what I like best about my job,” he emphasizes, keen to move Woodlawn even further in the direction of the circular economy.