Hydro-Ecology is an environmental consultancy specialising in coastal and estuarine environments.

We are Australian owned and operated with proceeds from profits supporting marine conservation. We have been serving coastal communities, governments and industry since 2008.

Dr Peter Freewater
Founder and Principal

Peter Freewater is the founder and the principle of Hydro-Ecology. Peter is a motivated environmental professional with over twenty years’ experience in Coastal, Marine and Environmental Sciences and Management, Environmental Engineering and Natural Resource Management.

Peter has for local and state government and as an academic and TAFE teacher. For six years he managed the waterways of Gosford City Council. He returned to academia and accepted the role of Director of Newcastle University’s Coastal and Estuarine Research Facility. Peter has since been contracted to the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority, the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority, Greater Sydney Local Land Services the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the Department of Planning and Industry.

Peter drove delivery and implementation of studies and plans to manage coastal zone risks and ecosystem health in greater Metropolitan Sydney. He developed the Sydney Harbour Catchment Water Quality Improvement Plan and the Sydney Harbour Estuary Processes Study for which he won NSW Chief Scientists Prize. He assisted the NSW government develop the Coastal Management Reforms and coordinated the Greater Sydney Harbour Coastal Management Program Stage 1 Scoping Study.

Peter Is an expert in Integrated Water Management and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD). He was the manager of the WSUD in Sydney Program and coordinator of the Sydney Consortium for the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. He completed the Water Sensitive Urban Design DCP Guide/Template and LEP Clause, which has been used by numerous Sydney Councils. He assisted the University of Sydney and Infrastructure NSW with the development of the Three Bays District Water Sensitive Urban Design Plan and has assisted the strategic planning of the South Creek growth area of Western Sydney.




Doctor of Philosophy Science 2004

Environmental Biology

Awarded Science Scholarship

Won 2003 NSW Coastal Council Award

University of Technology, Sydney


Master of Engineering 2008

Environmental Engineering

Won 2007 Postgraduate Research Prize

University of Newcastle


Bachelor of Science (Honours) 1992

Honours in Marine Ecology

Awarded the Marine Science Prize

University of Sydney


Diploma Land Conservation and Management 2006

NSW Department of Primary Industries


Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) 2013


Higher School Certificate 1981

Sydney Boys High School