ALGA eNewsletter 2017 Issue No.17


Engineers developing cleanup method for stubborn contaminants
They're in stain-resistant carpet, paint, permanent markers, food packaging and firefighting foam. Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a broad class of manufactured chemicals, touch every corner of the industrialized world. They're impervious to traditional remediation strategies, and when they're ingested in large quantities, like in contaminated drinking water, they may be dangerous to human health, read more

Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials

CL:AIRE has published the Joint Industry Working Group Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition (C&D) Materials guidance titled “Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012: Interpretation for Managing and Working with Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition materials: Industry Guidance (shortened name CAR-SOILTM)”, read more

Blame game starts as wait for answers to toxic foam spill in Brisbane continues

A blame game has started between Australia's leading airline and the state and federal governments as test results from a toxic foam spill at Brisbane Airport a week ago are yet to be finalised.

Last Monday, 22,000 litres of firefighting foam, containing perfluorooctanoic acid, was released by Qantas at Brisbane Airport, read more

Dear ExampleContactFirstName

Having returned from my too short cocktail-sipping venture in Phuket, I thought I would spend a few moments outlining a some ALGA initiatives that we are seeking volunteers - please if you would like any more details you are welcome to email me directly or call the office. Note that any ALGA volunteers are constitutionally required to be current members of ALGA - if you are unsure, contact membership@landandgroundwater.com

2018 - 5th Contaminated Land Conference in NZ - ALGA has now successfully run 4 annual Contaminated Land Conferences in Auckland, NZ, with April 2017 being the best yet! We are seeking min. 5 to max 8 Program Organising Committee members from varying perspectives of industry to join us in co-ordinating a bigger and better event in 2018. Note too - consideration is being given to the 2018 Conference to be moved from Auckland and to be hosted by Christchurch - if you have a strong opinion on this we would love to hear from you! For more information, or to submit your EOI please contact Shardai Eaton.

2017 ALGA Annual Awards - as announced at the 2016 AGM - ALGA Board of Directors are reviewing the ALGA Annual Awards program - looking to not only increase the number of awards each year but also the award categories. We are seeking EOI from volunteers to be part of the ALGA Awards Panel min. 5 max. 9 persons to assist in establishing the criteria for judging, as well as judging the 2017 submissions. Please email your EOIs by 15th May to Tarsha Ellem.

A reminder that the online library is filling up with papers and event recordings. These can be accessed free of charge for any ALGA members. Non-members can purchase access to all recordings from our website. See the resources section below or keep an eye out for the microphone symbol in our online library.

As always any suggestions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me directly OR use the "soapbox" button on the website.


Elisabethe Dank
Chief Executive Officer

ALGA is continually building on it's library of resources on the website under the resources - papers tab click here. However please note, this is a member benefit only - a password will have been provided in your membership confirmation email.

This website section includes copies of recordings, powerpoint presentations and/or event summary reports for ALGA events held - click here
Hazardous Materials - A Different Perspective
Sydney Branch - April
Love Thy Contractor – Getting the Best Project Outcomes Through Relationship Management
Melbourne Branch - April
Risk and Reality - Contaminated Sites and Community Perceptions
Perth Branch - April
Protecting Paradise: 1080 And The Fight To Save New Zealand’s Wildlife
Auckland Branch - March
Asbestos in the Bay
Bay of Plenty Branch - March
Chain of Responsibility – A New Era of Environmental

Perth branch - March
The EPA Victoria Reform Agenda · Priorities for Pollution Prevention and Managing Legacy Risks
Melbourne Branch - March
Enabling Innovative Solutions in Site Assessment and Remediation

When: Wednesday, 3rd May

Cost*: $25 (ALGA members) $60 everybody else

Click here for more information and to register

SIGNAL - Half Day Workshop

When: Monday, 15th May
Where: Maddocks, Sydney
Cost*: $200 (ALGA members) $275 everybody else

2017 Student Information Night

When: Wednesday, 17th May

Cost*: Free for students to attend.

Click here for more information and to register
Emerging Contaminants in an Emerging Regulatory Landscape

When: Tuesday, 23rd May

Cost*: $25 (ALGA members) $60 everybody else

Click here for more information and to register
Managing health and safety on a high hazards site including a Canterbury case study with contributions from Environment Canterbury and Worksafe

When: Tuesday, 23rd May

Cost*: $25 (ALGA members) $60 everybody else

Click here for more information and to register
* All fees listed are excluding GST

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