In the late 1980’s Ian Christesen was a Councillor and Chair of the Planning and Development Committee for Noosa Council. He subsequently assisted in the development and then implementation of the State Environmental Protection Act. Ian spent more than 10 years as a senior executive with Brisbane City Council responsible for a diverse portfolio including waste management, public health, environmental protection and disaster management. He was also a member of Council’s Development Assessment Committee. Prior to working in the Middle East as a waste management consultant Ian held the position of Manager of the Sunshine Coast Environment Council from 2005 – 2008. Ian is President of the peak residents association for the Sunshine Coast, OSCAR.