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NEW: eConference Q and A

What is an eConference?  An eConference is the same as our face-to-face conferences, just hosted online! - there are still plenary sessions, keynote speakers, panel Q&A discussions, poster sessions, as well as sponsor booths & networking opportunities. You will also be able to ask questions and...

What is an eConference? 

An eConference is the same as our face-to-face conferences, just hosted online! - there are still plenary sessions, keynote speakers, panel Q&A discussions, poster sessions, as well as sponsor booths & networking opportunities. You will also be able to ask questions and interact with speakers, sponsors and attendees. Being an eConference means that participants can attend from the comfort of their computers wherever they are in the world. 

What does registration include? 

Depending on which days you plan to attend, registrants will have access to the content and the tools to: 

View up to 22 hours of pre-recorded presentations up to and during the live conference days.  
View and join in the live discussions   
Ask questions to industry experts 
Accrue up to 37 CPD points 
View the plenary sessions live on Wednesday & Friday morning 
Network with fellow attendees 
Book one-on-one appointments with fellow attendees 

Who should attend? 

Everyone interested or involved in the contaminated land and groundwater industry including Environmental Specialists, Environmental Consultants, Regulators, Project Managers and Directors, Technical Specialists, Researchers, Environmental Scientists, Environmental Managers etc.

How do I register? 

Click here to process your registration. Click here to view the program and decide what you would like to attend (you will have the option of choosing 1, 2 or all 3 days).

What are the technical requirements needed to participate? 

You just need a good internet connection, your device or computer, and a valid registration. No paid software or downloads will be required to access the conference content. 

How and when do I access the pre-recorded & live presentations? 

You will receive an email with a personal link and instructions on how to log in using your registration details. Once you are logged in you will have access to all the presentations you have registered for and you will be able to view all presentations (pre-recorded and live) straight from your browser. No downloads needed.

What will happen during the live conference days? 

Access to the live conference days is the same as for the pre-recorded presentations (see above). There are plenary sessions on Wednesday 16th & Friday 18th between 9:20am – 10am AEST. On all the live days (14th, 16th & 18th) all other sessions will run for 1-hour. Each session consists of a 40-min opening keynote address followed by a live Q&A panel discussion by the keynote speaker and authors of the pre-recorded presentations for that session. This means that registering as early as possible is essential as it gives you more time to prepare and get those questions ready! There will also be networking opportunities, meet with the sponsors plus focused presentations over lunch breaks including Regulatory Updates in NZ, CEnvP Information and Mental Health & Resilience Skills Training.

How will I network with other attendees?  

During the breaks we will be providing you with virtual roundtable discussions and one-on-one appointment systems. Information will be sent to all registrants to explain how this can be done.

How can I ask questions? 

A Q&A box will sit on the right-hand side of the video presentation (live & recorded) where questions can be lodged. Any questions asked while watching pre-recorded presentations, will be collated and given to the session chair beforehand. When you submit your questions, please ensure you stipulate which speaker your question is for.

How can I make one-on-one appointments? 

There will be opportunities to meet with sponsors via the virtual booth feature, book one-on-one appointments with attendees and network in the breaks. Information will be sent to all registrants to explain how this can be done.

What If I’m not available on the conference dates? 

The content will be available for 30 days after the conference to registered participants. After this date we will release on demand recordings per session however the fees will be significantly higher than the conference registration so best to book now and watch later!

Will I have access to the recordings after the conference concludes even if I have attended? 

Yes, all conference material will be available for 30 days after the conference.

What time zone will this be in? 

The New Zealand Land & Groundwater Conference with commence on Monday 14th September 2020 at 9:30am NZST EcoForum which is held on Wednesday 16th & Friday 18th starts at 9:00am AEST 

If you are unable to attend all or any of these days, all the live discussion sessions will be recorded and available online for registrants for 30 days after the conference so you can catch up on what you missed. Also remember that even if your session is in the middle of the night, at least you won’t have to deal with jet-lag or airplane food at either end of the conference.

Can registrations be shared? 

Unfortunately access to the eConference is limited to only the individual that purchased registration. 

Error: Well, this is unexpected

Generally, this error is a result of our eConference platform not being as quick as we are -  just wait a minute or so and then refresh the page.

If this does not fix the issue clear out cookies, site data, and cache (for how-to see here: https://www.a2hosting.com/kb/getting-started-guide/internet-and-networking/clearing-a-web-browsers-cache-and-cookies ) then refresh the page.

If you still can’t get access email events@landandgroundwater.com outlining the problem and include a screen shot of the error page if possible.

Error: Some sessions I am registered for are not showing

Email events@landandgroundwater.com outliting the session/s you are trying ot access.

Error: I have not received my verification code

Email events@landandgroundwater.com.

Error: My verification code has timed out

The verification code is good for one use only and expires after 24 hours. Once it's expired, or if you are logging in on a new device, you will need a new code. To receive a new code go back to your Registration Confirmation email and click on the 'Go to eConference' button. If you can't find your Registration Confirmation email, email us at events@landandgroundwater.com.

This code is unique to you and won't work for anyone else.



Letter from Ian Brookman - ALGA’s President

As I sit here (along with many others) in a Melbourne lock-down writing this note, I am contemplating the situation we are in with COVID-19 and reassessing what’s really important to me.  More than ever I realise it is the fantastic friendships I have cultivated both in my perso nal and...


As I sit here (along with many others) in a Melbourne lock-down writing this note, I am contemplating the situation we are in with COVID-19 and reassessing what’s really important to me.  More than ever I realise it is the fantastic friendships I have cultivated both in my perso nal and professional life that are helping keep me positive and resilient.

The relationships I have built through my involvement with ALGA have contributed greatly to the support and guidance I have received throughout my career and I am very grateful for being able to be involved in the direction of our industry through my role with our Association.

The strength of the Association that sits behind me as your current President means I am now asking you to also support ALGA during this unusual time by staying engaged, connected and attending our upcoming eConferences.
Like many, I will miss the buzz of a face-to-face conference this year, with lots of familiar faces and the conversations and laughter that go along with it, however just because we can’t get together in person, doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected. We have designed our virtual program to ensure there are plenty of opportunities for questions, discussion and even the odd joke or two!
 
As you may be aware, we have a new and invigorated ALGA leadership team with a renewed focus on delivering value to our members. Now more than ever, we need your help to ensure ALGA gets where it needs to go into the future as the peak body for the land and groundwater community in Australia and New Zealand.
 
So please join me at EcoForum2020 and The New Zealand Land & Groundwater Conference this year to stay up to date with new and emerging technologies for site characterisation, the state of remediation practice, emerging risk issues, asbestos management, the latest in regulatory guidance – and of course PFAS (there’s always PFAS)!

I hope to see you online, and I look forward to being able to catch up when we can.
 
All the best!

 Ian


Ian Brookman, ALGA President and Director.



Contaminated Site Safety Certificate Course

We are delighted to announce the new Contamination Site Safety Certificate that is now available in New Zealand. ALGA will continue to work to assist the sector in its professional development needs and we would appreciate it if you can please forward onto any others who you believe might benefit...

We are delighted to announce the new Contamination Site Safety Certificate that is now available in New Zealand.

ALGA will continue to work to assist the sector in its professional development needs and we would appreciate it if you can please forward onto any others who you believe might benefit from this new training course.

Sincerely

Annalisa Haskell

Chief Executive Officer
Australasian Land & Groundwater Association


AUSTRALASIAN LAND & GROUNDWATER ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCEMENT

 

ALGA is very pleased to announce that registration is now open for the three initial sessions of the new one-day ALGA/WasteMINZ Contaminated Site Safety Certificate course, to be delivered in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch late July 2020.

HISTORY

In early 2019, WasteMINZ and the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA) recognised the need for practitioners to be familiar with the range of health and safety risks associated with site contamination investigations. 

Subsequently, the two membership organisations joined forces to develop contaminated land health and safety training for their members. Both organisations recognised the paramount importance of personal safety for contaminated land practitioners, and agreed to work together with the best interests of the industry in mind.  The two organisations then partnered with Vertical Horizonz, an ISO9001:2015 Certificated, NZQA and ASQA accredited training organisation, to develop and deliver the training.  The course presumes some knowledge of contaminated sites and the work conducted on such sites.  

REGISTRATION

Vertical Horizonz will be managing registrations. To register for the course, attendees must be working in the sector and be a member of either WasteMINZ or ALGA. Places are limited and registration is on a first come first served basis. If you miss out this time a wait list will be created and subsequent sessions will be planned at various locations, based on the level of committed interest.

DATE & TIME

Auckland 
29 July 2020
08:00 to 17:00
Manukau Training Centre, 10 Keith Hay Drive, Wiri, Manukau, Auckland, 2104

Wellington
30 July 2020
08:00 to 17:00
24A Peterkin Street, Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington, 5019

Christchurch
31 July 2020
08:00 to 17:00
4 Marylands Place, Middleton, Christchurch, 8024

 

Fees

$500 (excluding GST)

 

CPD Points

Earn up to 15 CPD points the first time you attend this course.

The successful completion of the ALGA and WasteMINZ Contaminated Site Safety Certificate course also contributes to the following Unit Standard awards:

  • 30265:  Apply health and safety assessment to a job role; and
  • 31292:  Demonstrate knowledge of workplace procedures relating to hazardous substances.

 

CONTACT

Vertical Horizonz
+64 7 579 5969
info@verticalhorizonz.co.nz



CEnvP Scheme - COVID-19 Update and Changes

ALGA Member Update: CEnvP Scheme - COVID-19 Update and Changes COVID-19 is having a wide-reaching impact on people, communities, and businesses at global, national, state, and local levels. In addition to personal disruption, the Board and Program Office for the Certified Environmental...

ALGA Member Update:

CEnvP Scheme -
COVID-19 Update and Changes

COVID-19 is having a wide-reaching impact on people, communities, and businesses at global, national, state, and local levels. In addition to personal disruption, the Board and Program Office for the Certified Environmental Practitioner Scheme recognise the negative effects the pandemic is having on businesses and the economy, as well as the cancellation of face to face events and activities.
The following update is provided to Certified Environmental Practitioners (CEnvPs) and interested parties on two relevant CEnvP matters:

Annual certification fees
The maintenance of continued professional development (CPD) in accordance with the requirements of the CEnvP scheme terms and conditions

Annual Certification Fees
The CEnvP Board recognise the potential for financial hardship arising from COVID-19 related impacts to both businesses and individuals. With the slow down in economies and the limitations on travel and border restrictions we recognise environmental and social professionals may  be affected. 
The following update is provided on the matter of annual certification and re-certification fees:

It is confirmed 2020-2021 fees will be maintained at pre-2020 levels. 
In the case where practitioners may be experiencing financial pressures, the CEnvP Program Office will consider payment planning on a case by case basis. You are encouraged to speak with or email the Program Office team (contact details below), and all matters will be considered in the strictest confidence. 

Continued Professional Development (CPD)
The CEnvP Board and Program Office have recognised the widespread cancellation or postponement, due to COVID-19 restrictions, of many avenues for continued professional development; in the form of face-to-face events such as conferences, seminars, presentations and courses. The CEnvP Board and Program Office has carefully considered the risk of reduced access to CPD events arising from cancellation, the potential for negative financial impacts to practitioners and the impact these may have on the ability of CEnvPs  being able to maintain their minimum required CPD.  
In accordance with CEnvP Scheme requirements, certification is premised on commitment to and maintenance of CPD, with a minimum of 100 points of relevant CPD required to be logged within each 2-year period (calendar year basis) of certification.  This is to ensure the standard of knowledge and skills in environmental practice remains at, or above, certification expectations.
Pleasingly, many professional organisations and service providers are rapidly responding to COVID-19 restrictions and making changes to CPD delivery options.  Webinars and other online resources for CPD are increasingly becoming more available as alternatives to face-to-face CPD. The CEnvP Scheme commends the many organisations contributing to making these online learning, technical and professional development options available, and as we learn of those available is adding suggestions to our CPD Guidelines webpage.
The CEnvP Scheme recognises however, that some CEnvPs may not have other or enough options for CPD relevant to their certification or area of expertise, and/or may face negative financial impacts. 
Changes to CPD for 2020 calendar year
In response to COVID-19 related restrictions and negative impacts, the standard CEnvP 2-year CPD period will be extended to 3 years; that is 100 points over 3 years, for all CEnvPs. This is a 1-year extension on standard CPD requirements and is a short-term measure only.  It will apply to the current 2-year period only, i.e. 2019-20 and 2020-21.
When the CPD log for your current CPD period is due to be submitted, you will be emailed by the CEnvP Program Office that the CPD time period is extended for a subsequent year and the new date confirmed. That is, a total of 3 years is available to achieve 100 points of relevant CPD.  
At the completion of the 3-year period, your CPD log will be requested for submission, as per Standard CEnvP Scheme processes.

Ongoing
Furthermore, the CEnvP Board and Program Office will monitor matters through COVID-19 and into post-COVID-19. For example, we are keeping abreast of changes to CPD delivery options by professional organisations and service providers, and identifying ways we can support more flexible options into the future.  We will keep you posted.
For further information on CEnvP CPD please refer to the our CPD Guidelines webpage  and  the CEnvP homepage for updates. If you know of relevant CPD options available please feel free to share the weblink with the Program Office.
Should you have any queries about either these fees and/or CPD updates please contact the CEnvP Program Office on program-office@cenvp.org / AUS 03 9001 6948 / NZ 03 741 3102.

Kind Regards,
The CEnvP Board and Program Office.



ALGA Announces New CEO

The Australasian Land & Groundwater Association (ALGA) Ltd announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Annalisa Haskell as Chief Executive Officer, effective 4 May 2020. ALGA Chair of the Board, Craig Cowper, said Annalisa was chosen after a very robust selection process. “Annalisa...

The Australasian Land & Groundwater Association (ALGA) Ltd announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Annalisa Haskell as Chief Executive Officer, effective 4 May 2020.

ALGA Chair of the Board, Craig Cowper, said Annalisa was chosen after a very robust selection process.

“Annalisa comes to the Association with not only many years of experience in senior executive roles but also with credentials in developing strong professional member associations through a deep personal commitment to professional collaboration.” 

“Previously as CEO of Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW, in addition to growing the membership association through some of its most challenging years in NSW, she created a world-leading council program by designing and developing one of the largest comparative performance benchmarking programs across many Australian and New Zealand local governments.”

“This appointment marks the start of an exciting new chapter for ALGA, and the Board is looking forward to working with Annalisa to ensure ALGA continues to deliver its strategic plan and fulfils the Association’s mission for Australasia to be the leader in the sustainable management of contaminated land and groundwater”, Mr Cowper said.

Commenting on the appointment, Ms Haskell said she was very excited to be taking on the role.

“I always enjoy building lasting, professional relationships across government, business and the professional community so that exceptional industry outcomes can be achieved for members.  I am excited to be offered this opportunity to lead ALGA at this important time when the sustainability of human health and wellbeing is paramount, and I look forward to working with the Australian and New Zealand contaminated land and groundwater industry as it plays a strong role in helping lead in the economic recovery post COVID-19.  I couldn’t think of a more important task than supporting our members at this time of human and societal challenges, as well as ensuring strong and collegiate relationships exist between government and industry to enhance our progress and solve the big issues”.

About ALGA

The Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA) was formed to provide a forum and identity for the Australasian contaminated land and groundwater industry, and to support the many professionals working in the field. The core focus of this Association is to support advances in the prevention, assessment and remediation of contaminated land and groundwater.

ALGA's mission is to promote the protection, restoration and management of land and groundwater for the benefit of human health and the broader environment across Australasia.

ALGA has a broad base of members including landowners, property developers, industry, consultants, scientist, contractors, regulatory agency staff, government, the legal profession, laboratory staff, financiers, insurers, researchers and academics.

For more information or media enquiries, please contact:

Craig Cowper Ian Brookman
0407 989 885 0418 524 671
craigacowper@gmail.com ian.brookman@ventia.com.au


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