ACLCA NSW Young Achiever Award winner off to Ecoforum!
Congratulations to our Young Achiever Award winner, Cassie Murphy (AECOM) who will be giving her presentation "Decoding Contaminated Land: From Fieldwork to Hydrographs" at the Young Professionals session at Ecoforum Conference in Sydney on Thursday 4th October.
Other ACLCA State Chapter winners also presenting during the session:
Queensland - Madison Hoffman (Environmental Earth Sciences) - "Radioactive Contamination Assessment in the Montebello Islands"
Victoria - Sam Aldous (WSP Australia) - "Sustainable Treatment of Recalcitrant Compounds – A Case Study"
Western Australia - Liam Crellin (GHD) - "Rapid Field Investigation Of Contamination Impacts At Western Australian Firing Ranges Utilising X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)"
Winner of the ACLCA NSW Young Achiever Award 2018:
Cassie Murphy, AECOM.
Cassie receives a $500 cash prize and will be attending the 2018 EcoForum Conference and giving her presentation on Thursday 4th October.
Equal Second place (judges awarded these presenters the same score)
Alicia Cronly, Senversa
Nick Dunstan, Senversa.
Changes to the EP&A Act – Planning Certificates
In November last year, the NSW Government passed legislation to update the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). The changes to the Act commenced on Thursday 1 March 2018. The Department of Planning and Environment have created a Guide to the updated Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
New Approved Contaminated Land Notification Form
The NSW EPA has recently approved an updated Contaminated Land Notification Form (‘Section 60’ form). The form now includes a link to the Duty to Report Contamination Guidelines and requests supporting sources of information. You can download the new Contaminated Land Notification Form here or from the EPA Website.
ANZECC Guideline Update – It is understood that The Australian New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality currently undergoing revision has been approved by the Commonwealth and is currently with State jurisdictions for approval prior to finalisation. Significant changes to water and sediment ecological criteria based on developments in toxicity data and further clarity on the methodology for their derivation are expected. For further information on the protocols for deriving criteria, please refer to https://www.csiro.au/en/Research/LWF/Areas/Environmental-contaminants/Water-and-sediment-quality-guidelines.