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About Ecoedge

We believe that a job is only well done when it fully meets our client’s needs.

Our Charter

At Ecoedge, we are committed to delivering the best and most timely service possible to our clients. We work with corporates and industry, government and community, our focus being to find effective, practical solutions for our clients.

The people at Ecoedge are not only incredibly knowledgeable in their chosen fields, but also have an obvious passion and belief in the core values that exist with natural resource management issues.

I have found Ecoedge to be highly professional and adaptable, with a strong commitment to their clients. The presentation and quality of their work has always been of a high standard.”

Timothy Batt, Manager Health Services, Shire of Dardanup

Our Team

Below is a profile of our core staff members. We work together and with a specially selected team of associate botanists.

Melanie Portman (previously Strang) BSc., Managing Director, Botanist

Melanie has worked in the environmental field, specialising in biodiversity conservation and strategic planning, for 15 years. Melanie has extensive experience in flora and vegetation surveys and specialist knowledge of vegetation restoration and management in the southwest of Western Australia, with a particular emphasis on the Swan Coastal Plain.

Designing and managing a variety of projects across Australia, Melanie has excellent skills in process development, problem solving, communication and engagement. Her flexibility, common-sense approach and ability to see both the ‘big picture’ and the small details allows her to recognise and capitalise on opportunities to maximise synergies, efficiency and project outcomes while minimising the need for unnecessary client time and effort.

Russell Smith BSc. (Hons), MPhil. Senior Botanist

Russell has over 20 years’ experience as a botanist, spending 6 years in a private consultancy and 12 with the  Department of Conservation and Land Management. Through his work with CALM (now Department of Parks and Wildlife), Russell gained extensive experience in carrying out rare flora searches and vegetation surveys, and in managing threatened species and plant communities in the south west of Western Australia. Russell has carried out vegetation and rare flora surveys throughout the South west, Wheatbelt, Goldfields and Great Southern for a range of State government departments, local governments, mining companies, property developers and as a sub-consultant to other organisations. As well as flora and vegetation surveys, Russell specialises in multivariate analysis of floristic data, identification and mapping of vegetation types, and biodiversity assessments and in the preparation of management plans for conservation reserves and bushland.


Melanie and her specialist team of enthusiastic and dedicated associates work cooperatively, combining our extensive range of skills and expertise for the benefit of our clients. We have established solid links with state government agencies; we know who to talk to and when.

We are members of the Ecological Society of Australia and the Revegetation Industry Association of Western Australia.