General News

ACLCA - National Chairperson

 Thank-you to Andrew Kohlrusch (GHD) for his service to ACLCA as our National Chairperson. Andrew has continued to consistently support the Association in this position for more than seven years.  

We would also like to warmly welcome the new National Chairperson, Larissa Willoughby (Bluesphere). Congratulations Larissa!

The ACLCA National committee comprises two representatives from each ACLCA state chapter, and the objective of the committee is to promote national alignment of State Chapters, knowledge sharing and collaboration, and through this to promote best practice and ongoing professional development across the contaminated land industry.

 

New or revised draft default guideline value's

The Water Quality Guidelines webpage now includes six new or revised draft default guideline value’s (DGVs) and associated technical briefs for the following toxicants:

  • Alpha-cypermethrin in freshwater
  • Bisphenol A in freshwater
  • Bisphenol A in marine water
  • Dioxins in freshwater
  • Fipronil in freshwater
  • Mancozeb in freshwater

Please refer to the following link for further details: https://www.waterquality.gov.au/anz-guidelines/guideline-values/default/draft-dgvs#draft-default-guideline-values

For information on how to make a submission, please visit: https://www.waterquality.gov.au/anz-guidelines/guideline-values/default/draft-dgvs/submission

Public comment period closes 3 August 2021 

Call for Focus Area Volunteers 

As we navigate the year ahead, our Focus Areas need member support!

ACLCA currently has 10 Focus Areas, which target specific aspects of the industry ranging from collaborative research to remediation. You can review our list of Focus Areas on the ACLCA website. Please take the time to have a look over the list of Focus Areas and reach out to us if you would like to get involved.

As always, ACLCA’s Focus Area groups are a great way to get involved with like-minded professionals in a collaborative environment. This year in particular, the Focus Areas represent a great way to remain across the regulatory changes, as we anticipate that the finer details of the new EP Act and subordinate regulations will be discussed within our Focus Area groups

Three very important points with regards to the ACLCA Focus Areas are as follows:

 

  1. You do NOT need to be a technical expert to join a Focus Area
  2. Working within a Focus Area can provide points towards CPD
  3. Having joined a Focus Area, there is no obligation to remain for the year – if something comes up or you find that it is not for you, you are welcome to step down

Feedback from those that have joined Focus Areas in the past has always been centred around it being a great way to network and build industry contacts, and also improve technical knowledge.

 

ACLCA Victoria supports PhD Student at RMIT

ACLCA Victoria is currently supporting the following research project:

Project: Human health risk assessment from accidental ingestion of garden soil: impact of bio accessible Pb concentrations and soil characteristics on exposure assessment.

Researchers: Chief investigator: Assoc. Prof. Suzie Reichman and Investigators: Professor Ewan Blanch, Associate Professor Susanne Tepe and PhD student researcher Slavica Kandic. 

Description: To determine quantitative relationships between bio accessibility and common soil characteristics in soils from the north and west of Melbourne, Victoria.

The ACLCA Collaborative Focus Area have been working with Suzie and Slavica on this project for the past 3+ years and have even offered up members vegetable growing backyards to assist in filling out the data set with probably lead contaminated inner Melbourne addresses. The Collaborative Focus Area is very excited about this report and will look to share it immediately with members as soon as it becomes available.

 

ACLCA Funded Project - PFAS in Groundwater 

In 2017 ACLCA funded a project conducted by RMIT University to investigate sources of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to groundwater west of Melbourne, Australia.

The project investigated wastewater impacted groundwater in the Werribee Irrigation District and groundwater adjacent to legacy landfill sites in Newport and Sunshine. The results of the findings of the investigations in the Werribee Irrigation District were published in Science of the Total Environment Journal in an article titled “Investigating recycled water use as a diffuse source of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) to groundwater in Melbourne, Australia”. It can be downloaded for free until 11 September 2018. If you would like the link for free download please email Emily at ACLCA. 

A complete report also detailing the findings of the landfill PFAS investigations will be available later in the year.