The ALGA Sustainable Remediation Interest Group - SuRF ANZ is an independent member of the International Sustainable Remediation Alliance (ISRA) proclaimed in 2016.
Sustainable remediation is a rapidly developing research and environmental management topic within Australia and internationally. ALGA supports this group to help promote the use of sustainable practices within Australia and New Zealand, in terms of environmental, economic and social indicators, during the remediation and development of contaminated land.
The group is committed to the development and promotion of sustainable remediation practices for application to contaminated land and groundwater projects.
The groups achievements include:
- Ongoing development of a Framework for Sustainable Remediation;
- Establishing "sustainable remediation (SR)" policy in consultation with members;
- Providing web based SR tools;
- Organising meetings and forums for SR dialogues;
- Facilitating contact with international SR associations;
- Contributing to a national remediation framework (NRF) currently being developed through CRC CARE.
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Current Steering Committee Members (renewed each calendar year):
Tony Scott – Coffey Environments (Chair)
Tony Scott has over 35 years’ experience in the chemical and geo-environmental consulting industry, including 20 years’ experience as an EPA accredited auditor. Tony is a past Vice President and President of ALGA and has been a member of the SuRF ANZ steering committee since 2010. Through his involvement in SuRF ANZ he has observed significant progress in sustainable remediation around the world.
Fouad Abo – GHD
Dr Abo has a wealth of experience in specialised areas with more than 30 years of experience both in Australia and overseas and he is a widely recognised contaminated land assessment, management and remediation specialist. He has also developed a well and widely recognised level of experience in independent reviews of assessment and management of contaminated sites reports and guidelines. Fouad has a depth of experience not only on-site assessment but also on remediation, risk assessment, groundwater monitoring, and validation. Fouad has conducted/managed/directed site assessment and/or remediation at more than 300 sites over the years. His experience covers a wide range of sectors including oil, mining, Defence, manufacturing, heavy engineering, waste management, service stations, green field, agriculture, refineries, ports, etc. Fouad has conducted numerous environmental audits (contaminated land) under the Victoria EP Act 1970 and other Audit Systems (Australia) for sites with different degree of contamination and risk complexity. Fouad is recognised in designing, coordinating and managing a broad range of environmental strategic studies, site assessment and remediation strategies including the assessment, bioavailability, mobility, and the attenuation of contaminants in soils and water systems. Fouad is also experienced in water re-use, sludge management, gasworks sites, and land capability. Dr Abo has lectured in soil science, soil reclamation, land management and soil and water pollution. He currently presents specialised lectures at RMIT University in the assessment and remediation of contaminated land and has been an industry examiner of Ph D thesis. Fouad has conducted international projects for different international institutions such as the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the United Nation in a number of countries.
Tanya Astbury – Viva Energy
Tanya graduated in Environmental Engineering and Commerce from UWA in 1994. Her first contaminated land experience was on East Perth Gasworks in 1993. After 8 years in consulting she joined Shell and is now Environment Risk and Assurance Lead with Viva Energy Australia. She is passionate about reducing our environmental footprint, protecting human health/environment, strengthening institutional controls and promoting sound decision-making for sustainable outcomes. Tanya has been associated with SuRF ANZ since 2015.
Benjamin Hanley – LendLease
Benjamin is a remediation engineer working with Lendlease Services co-ordinating remediation and validation works across construction projects in Australia. Benjamin graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2016 with a combined first-class honours degree in Chemical Engineering and Business Leadership. Benjamin has over 2 years’ experience working alongside industry experts on both groundwater water and soil remediation projects. Most recently Benjamin was awarded ALGA’s 2017 annual award for Most Promising Professional in the Contaminated Lands Industry.
Dr John Hunt – Ventia
John Hunt is the national Technical Services Manager for Ventia's Remediation Division, where he is responsible for evaluating technical and regulatory requirements of remediation projects. He is also involved in external communications, interpreting remediations plans for project stakeholders including regulators and the community. John was President of the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association in 2013 and 2014.
Ciaran Lavery – ARCADIS
Ciaran has 12 years’ experience in environmental science field covering a range of associated technical disciplines, with a primary focus on contaminated land investigations and remediation, acid sulphate soil investigations, air quality monitoring and oil spill response. Ciaran has managed large number of contaminated site investigation in WA that have had heavy metals, pesticides (including DDT and Chlordane), hydrocarbon (TPH, BTEX, MTBE and PAH), chlorinated solvents, PFAS and asbestos. Critical components of these project was the appropriate and effective use of Risk Assessments, prior to remediation. Ciaran has vast experience in acid sulphate soil investigation and management in the Perth Metro region and in remote WA. Ciaran is the Lead Auditor Assistance to Rod Harwood in WA and has a very strong relationship with the regulatory bodies (DWER. DoW, DoH, DMIRS) and key industry bodies (UDIA, Property Council, Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association and Australian Land and Groundwater Association).
Dr Peter Nadebaum, – GHD
Dr Nadebaum, a Senior Principal of GHD, has many years' experience in auditing, assessment, remediation, risk assessment and risk management of contaminated sites. He is accredited as an Environmental Auditor and is a member of the CRC CARE National Remediation Framework Steering Group. He has been involved with ALGA and SuRF ANZ since their inception and is working to realise their mission: “that Australia leads the world in the sustainable management and remediation of contaminated sites”.
Anne Northway – EPA Victoria
Anne is a hydrogeologist and environmental regulator in the area of contaminated land and groundwater, with over 15 years’ experience. Before joining EPA Victoria, Anne worked for more than eight years as an environmental consultant and hydrogeologist in Victoria and NSW, developing her knowledge of soil, soil vapour, and groundwater assessment and remediation. Anne is experienced in the development and interpretation of environmental regulations, policies and guidance documents relating to contaminated land and groundwater, including the environmental audit system. Anne was appointed as a Land and Groundwater Principal Expert with EPA Victoria in 2012.
Marika Sallot des Noyers – Menard Oceania
Marika started working 10 years ago as the coordinator of the environmental protection on a hydroelectric facilities construction project in Laos, which the World Bank had agreed to finance thanks to the associated programs for the region’s sustainable development. Since then, sustainability has been a guiding principle throughout Marika’s professional experiences. She worked for both consulting and contracting companies and has been sizing and implementing a broad range of in situ and on-site remediation techniques over the years, both conventional and more innovative - one of her contribution to sustainable development.
Dr David Tully – Contaminated Land Solutions
Dr David Tully is Director of Contaminated Land Solutions Pty Ltd. During his 30 year career he has become well-versed in adopting both conventional and more innovative methodologies for the investigation and remediation of contaminated land, assessing a wide variety of contaminants often under tight budgets and project timescales. He provides technical advice with regard to site contamination assessment and sustainable risk mitigation measures for projects.
Louise Wilson – Jacobs
Louise is a Senior Environmental Consultant at Jacobs, specialising in contaminated land and groundwater investigations and risk assessments. She has six years’ experience working in New Zealand and the UK. She is a Certified Environmental Practitioner under the EIANZ certification scheme and held a previous role on the board of ALGA’s Nominations and Governance subcommittee in 2014-2015. After working in the post-earthquake environment in Christchurch and seeing significant volumes of material disposed of at landfills, Louise wants to contribute to thought leadership for sustainable management and remediation options for contaminated sites.
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