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About the Divisional Manager Environmental Services

Deborah Lenson

Deborah Lenson is Council’s Divisional Manager Environmental Services.

As Divisional Manager, Deborah manages the team responsible for:

  • Public and environmental health and compliance:  the teams are responsible for monitoring, provision of advice and education for areas such as: swimming pools, beach watch estuary program, erosion controls, food enquiries and complaints, onsite sewerage management systems and stormwater education.  Officers also have authority and delegations to investigate and prosecute breaches, when proved within their core areas of responsibility, such as: vegetation, land clearing, burning (wood fires and open burning), pollution, emissions, odours, noise, companion animals, livestock, litter, waste, Illegal dumping, abandoned vehicles, parking, erosion control, unauthorised development and public health.

  • Sustainability and natural resource management:  staff deliver a range of projects that restore and protect our natural environment through the delivery and promotion of sustainable actions within Council, and for the community.  The team deliver actions from the Emission Reduction Plan and save Council over $1million pa on energy, water and waste efficiencies.  Natural resource and invasive species management, biodiversity, coast and estuary management and Landcare support are all activities within this team. A number of additional project officers support this area, which are grant-funded roles.  In addition, many local contractors are engaged to assist with on-ground works such as weed control and bush regeneration.

In total, there are 22 positions (including full time and part time) in Council’s Environment Services Division.

In 2017-18, the combined Environment Services budget is $2,610,603.

Employment experience at Eurobodalla Shire Council

Deborah’s a senior manager with over 21 years’ experience in local government, with particular expertise in natural resource management, sustainability, compliance, quality assurance, Aboriginal heritage and public and environmental health. Deborah’s extensive experience also includes a broad range of disciplines across local government, with emphasis on environmental and sustainability project delivery and compliance.

Deborah is active in regional initiatives across the State ensuring that Eurobodalla Shire is learning and assisting other councils and communities.

Previous employment experience

Deborah has previous experience as a consultant working for local government in the area of environment and strategic planning.  She has also worked for the NSW Department of TAFE in Sydney and Moruya teaching horticulture and land management.  

Deborah previously owned and operated a retail garden centre, landscape supply and consultancy in Sydney.


Deborah’s formal qualifications include: a Masters in Environmental Law, Bachelor of Land Management, Associate Diploma in Horticulture and Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.


Deborah is an active volunteer in the local community. She has been involved in special nippers with Moruya Surf Club and donates her time to many initiatives in Eurobodalla Shire.  

Deborah is involved in many community-based activities and has a vast array of interests that assist her in being part of the local community, helping where she can.

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