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DECEMBER 2019 ISSUE

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ISSUE 67 - DECEMBER 2019
 
From the PRESIDENT

2019 Annual Industry Excellence Awards

- Award Winners
  • Award 1 – Best Remedial Project >$1M
  • Award 2 – Best Remedial Project <$1M
  • Award 3 – Best Regional Remedial Project
  • Award 4 – Best Scoping/Operation of a Site Investigation
  • Award 5 – Sustainable Remediation Project Recognition
  • Award 6 – Innovation or Research that Advances the Land and Groundwater Industry
  • Award 7 – Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
  • Award 8 – Outstanding Leadership by A Woman
  • Award 9 – Most Promising Professional of the Year
  • Award 10 – Lawyer of the year
  • Award 11 – Best Contaminated Land Photo
- Award Finalists
  • Award 1 – Best Remedial Project >$1M
  • Award 2 – Best Remedial Project <$1M
  • Award 3 – Best Regional Remedial Project




- Award Finalists (cont.)
  • Award 4 – Best Scoping/Operation of a Site Investigation
  • Award 5 – Sustainable Remediation Project Recognition
  • Award 6 – Innovation or Research that Advances the Land and Groundwater Industry
  • Award 7 – Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
  • Award 8 – Outstanding Leadership by A Woman
  • Award 9 – Most Promising Professional of the Year
  • Award 11 – Best Contaminated Land Photo
- 2019 Awards Gala Dinner

- 2020 Annual Industry Excellence Awards

- EcoForum

- ALGA Student Grant Goal

- Are You Looking for a Candidate or Intern?
 
 
The ALGA Annual Industry Awards was held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at the beautiful Customs House in Brisbane.
Once again it was the industry night of nights and veritable who’s who on the red carpet prior to the event.  As usual, the fashion stakes ran high and in an industry where high-vis PPE and steel toe-capped boots are the norm, it took a while to recognise some of the consultants and contractors in all their finery!
The evening kicked off with drinks on the terrace overlooking the Brisbane River and the excitement was palpable. 
There was a keen interest in the results of the ALGA AGM which was held prior to the Awards, and of course plenty of people seeking a tip on who were the Award winners from the ALGA team – who are famous for keeping a secret, so no luck there.

The ceremony itself was held in the Long Room of the Customs House. This stately room featured grand columns beneath the building’s magnificent copper dome, and was a perfect space to recognise our industry’s achievements. Our MC for the evening was “Nigel” (name changed because I think he owes Mark Beaufoy $50), who entertained the crowd with some very funny magic and memory tricks.  His ability to recall nearly every one of the 160 people in the room at the end of the night was seriously impressive, particularly for those of us who struggle to remember more than a dozen names at best.

The Award presentations kicked off with the presentation of the Honorary Life Membership Award which is kind of like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame awards but for people working in the contaminated land space.  This was presented to a very well deserving Simon Hunt, who seemed surprised to get the Award, but strangely enough had a comprehensive speech to hand.

There were a number of other Individual Awards presented throughout the evening and the names read like a roll call of industry luminaries such as Dr John Hunt (for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual), who didn’t disappoint the crowd and donned the famous gold waistcoat, Victoria Lazenby (for Outstanding Leadership by a Woman) and Mark Beaufoy (for Lawyer of the Year), who had clearly read the dress code and was looking very dapper.  Shauna McAuley of Aurecon’s Wellington office  was Awarded the Most Promising Professional of the Year.
The Sustainable Remediation Project Recognition Award which was presented by Peter Nadebaum on behalf of the SuRF judging team was awarded to The Wallis Lake Project Team, who also took out the Best Scoping/Operation of a Site Investigation later in the evening.  Enviropacific won the Best Contaminated Land Photo and the Best Regional Remedial Project was awarded to Hail Environmental for their project in New Zealand.  The Award for Innovation or Research that Advances the Land & Groundwater Industry was awarded to RMIT University, CDM Smith, ACLCA & EPA Victoria.

By now the noise levels were building and the excitement in the room was evident.  Whether this was in anticipation of the last two Awards, or just the volume of alcohol that had been drunk, it was hard to tell.  The Best Remedial Project < $1M was awarded to Kleinfelder & Flinders Power, and the Best Remedial Project >$1M was awarded to Emerging Compound Treatment Technologies (ECT2) & Power Water. 

Once again, the evening was a huge success and big congratulations to all the winners and finalists.  It was great to see such a diverse range of projects, people and organisations being recognised for the important work that they do.  A big thank you to Veronika and the ALGA team for making it such a wonderful night and of course thank you to the evening’s sponsors: EMM Consulting, Eurofins, Hydroflux and Rembind and SoilCyclers for their contribution.

It’s looking like the 2020 Awards are already shaping up to be the biggest yet, so please start thinking about what categories you might want to submit for and make sure you get involved.  I’ll see you on the red carpet!


Ian Brookman
ALGA President
 

The Katherine water remediation plant addressed a significant water contamination issue that directly affected a whole town. The project was well implemented, quickly responding to the need to provide safe and reliable drinking water to the town, negotiating with numerous authorities and the community to solve a significant problem.
Project Submission
Acceptance Speech
 

The Augusta Power Station project involved juggling a range of stakeholders to achieve effective remediation of the site. The remediation considered a range of environmental, economic and social aspects to ensure the works were effectively implemented. The project involved a range of communications methods and the project team continues to share within the industry.
Project Submission
Acceptance Speech
 


The Stakeholder engagement is a real standout in this project.  Both through design and necessity the community was made a big part of the project.  The council and the community both felt the burden of the contamination and were able to be part of defining the solution.
Project Submission
Acceptance Speech
 
The submission identified a variety of challenges and constraints to the characterisation of the extent of contamination impacts, including physical, environmental and community factors that were taken into account when developing the investigation design and implementing the investigation works. The investigation was undertaken to inform remedial solutions in accordance with regulatory requirements, including a clean-up action notice by the local approval authority. The project involved extensive consultation and engagement with the local community, who had significant interest in the site due to its physical location adjacent to a major waterway, and its use as a major hub for the local fishing industry.
Project Submission
Acceptance Speech
 
The ethos of sustainable remediation involves given a balanced consideration of the social, environmental and economic aspects of the remediation works. Overall the Wallis lake Project Team performed best across the scoring categories. It was clear to see that a true sustainable outcome was found – through a balance of effective but realistic environmental management techniques, economic value provided by completing the inspection and remedial works in one mobilization to site and causing minimal disruption to the local community.
Project Submission
Acceptance Speech
 
Background soils data and presentation may not be new, but the ease of access and tools for demonstrating natural enrichment beyond the current data set is valuable.  We strongly encourage the project team organisations to support the extension of the approach to other jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand.  They look at new ways of addressing known contaminants or remediation issues; have significant potential environmental, human health, and economic benefits; it could be "game changing" in terms of how we do our work - especially in terms of increasingly sustainable outcomes.
Project Submission
Acceptance Speech
 

John Hunt was a clear stand out in terms of his length of successful involvement in leading and directing major projects in terms of land and groundwater remediation. He has led and contributed to major industry conferences and had a major influence on the direction of industry research and development in the field of remediation.
Project Submission
Acceptance Speech
 


We are looking at a bright future with such talented leaders in the industry.  Victoria demonstrates an excellent balance between strong technical expertise that are applied to benefit client projects and sharing knowledge to advance the industry and develop skills in junior consultants.
Project Submission
Acceptance Speech


Shauna has demonstrated the passion and aptitude to master the technical aspects of her area of operation, to successfully manage the remediation roles and to pass her knowledge to their peers. Congratulations Shauna who is the winner by the narrowest of margins.
Project Submission
Acceptance Speech
Mark is recognised as a preeminent lawyer by an independent organisation that assesses and ranks lawyers based on interviews with clients, peers and industry bodies. Mark has demonstrated experience, providing advice for resolution complex contamination and associated liability issues on a variety of sites across various market sectors. Examples of contributions to advancing understanding of legislation applicable to contaminated land.
Project Submission
Acceptance Speech

The photo submission that Enviropacific presented is an excellent image showing contamination that is visually striking, along with works required to remediate the contamination being dealt with. The image is an excellent representation of remediation works and how these are done.
Project Submission
Acceptance Speech
 
 
 
We would like to say a big thank you to all our Sponsors your support contributed to making
the sell-out Awards Gala Dinner a huge success!


Primary Sponsors:
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With a record number of submissions and nominations entered in 2019,
we anticipate an even bigger response for 2020.

Please look out for your opportunity to submit and have your outstanding project recognised & or nominate someone you know in the industry who deserves recognition.
Sponsorship for out prestigious gala event of the year will be available early 2020. 

Sponsorship provides exposure and brand visibility for your company and to contribute to the success of the evening. 
 
 
ALGA Student Grant Goal

With your help, we can do even more. We are looking to make an investment for the future - we have set a goal of $10,000 to put to students who are the industry’s future workforce.

Qualifying students in Australia and New Zealand, will be awarded annual membership, providing massively discounted registration fees to all ALGA events - read more
 
Are You Looking for a
Candidate or intern?

ALGA can help!

Click here to see current positions available and/or prospective interns.

We have also published a Student handbook for prospective candidates.

 

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