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Annabel Hofstee

Environment and Planner Engineer
Engineering solutions to protect the environment as cities grow.
Water and Waste
Urban Utilities
Job Level
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About me

  • International Experience
  • Regional Background

I am an Environment and Planning Engineer with Urban Utilities, and graduated with a Dual Civil and Environmental Engineering Degree. 

Starting with a dream of being a physiotherapist, I changed my University preferences on a whim, seeking a future that would challenge and excite me. I then travelled from my family in Central Queensland and into the big city of Brisbane on my own to pave my future. Initially I started a job in construction, targeting the development of shops, skyscrapers and warehouse galore – until I realised I wanted more…

I then followed my passion for understanding and embracing the environment, and in 2018 I joined Urban Utilities. This is where I am today, helping many more graduates that have come through, and developing strategies for the organisation to lead the charge in fostering the environment now and into the future - the perfect fusion of engineering, problem solving, and people centric design.

About my role

  • Curious
  • Imaginative
  • Innovative
  • Logical
  • Understanding

An Environment and Planning Engineer's main goals are to protect the environment and find ways to bring mutual benefits to humans and the environment simultaneously. In this role you are constantly looking to the future at what changes we need to make now, so that we can to build and adapt communities into the future; so that they are clean, sustainable, great places to live – all whilst being resilient to changing climates, changing demands, new technology and honouring all cultures.

This role uses engineering skills but contributes to the community in a way that looks beyond ‘traditional’ engineering of pipes, pumps and construction.

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  • High School Certificate
  • Graduate Certificate Digital Communication (Current)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil & Environmental)


  • Innovation Award – An Urban Utilities Award for supporting and constructively progressing a large amount of innovation projects


  • Hiking
  • Netball
  • Seeing family and friends


  • 1 Dog

15 year old me!!

“Just do YOU. You are your most important supporter and impressing yourself is what’s important. Your path doesn’t have to look like everyone else's.”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. 2013 – Finished High School
  2. Moved 9 hours away from my family and started university in Brisbane
  3. Started first role as a Project Engineer in Construction
  4. Followed my environmental passion, and started at Urban Utilities as a Graduate Engineer
  5. Accepted position as and Environment and Planning Engineer and stayed on with Urban Utilities

My employer

Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributor-retailers in Australia, supplying drinking water, recycled water and sewerage services to a population of more than 1.5 million in South East Queensland.