For all our members with an interest in Contaminated Land Management, we have a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers and panellists, across the four days of conference, commencing with an interactive workshop on Monday 24 September,  from 10am – 5pm.  

Contaminated Land Stream Featured Speakers: 

  • Dru Marsh, Senior Legal Policy Officer, Environmental Protection Authority Victoria: A new approach to an old issue: Victoria’s transformed contaminated land laws and legal implications for development and management of brownfield sites.

    Biography:  Dru Marsh is a senior legal policy officer with the Victorian EPA where he recently assisted in developing and drafting Victoria’s new Environment Protection Act. Previously he practiced as a lawyer in environment and safety and holds a PhD in environmental science.

    Abstract: After 47 year in service, Victoria’s Environment Protection Act 1970 (one of the first laws of its type to be adopted in the world) will be retired in favour of an entirely new model. The Environment Protection Act 2017 abandons the reactive, command-and-control, pollution-based offences in favour of a criminally enforceable, general environmental duties requiring those who choose to engage in activities that risk harming human health or the environment to bear the primary onus of proactively minimising the risks to prevent any such harm. As part of the reform, the Victorian Government has also revised its contaminated land framework to address legacy contamination under a proactive duty that complements the general environmental duty, supported by a revised environmental audit scheme. This session will explore the policy objectives underpinning the new contaminated land scheme with reference to contemporary contamination issues facing regulators in both Australia and New Zealand with a view to highlighting how Victoria hopes to tackle the entrenched challenges of contaminated land by applying a duty-holder centric, risk-based and evidence-led scheme.

  • Nicky McIndoe, Partner, Kensington Swan, Wellington: An RMA perspective on waste management and contaminated land: The Northern Corridor Improvements Project as a case study

    Biography: Nicky leads Kensington Swan’s National Environment and Planning team. She has been a specialist environment and planning lawyer for over 19 years and a Partner at Kensington Swan for 5 years.

    Nicky advises government agencies, SOEs and council-controlled organisations throughout New Zealand carrying out large infrastructure projects, including new roads, reservoirs, bridges, ferry terminals, transmission lines and hydro-electric power schemes. Her projects include the NZ Transport Agency’s Transmission Gully and Northern Corridor Improvements Projects.

    She guides her clients through RMA and other environmental issues which commonly arise in relation to infrastructure, including future-proofing, project scoping, adaptive management, alternatives assessments, construction management plans, and the public benefit/private impact dilemma.

    Abstract:Waste-related issues are now commonplace in applications under the Resource Management Act 1991. Not only is land development expected to minimise the waste it creates, but existing contaminated land creates real costs and limitations around the future use of land.  The Northern Corridor Improvements State highway Project had a range of waste-related problems to overcome.  The Project was typical of modern brownfield development, in that it required works on contaminated land, raised reverse sensitivity issues, and impacted wastewater treatment infrastructure.  It therefore provides a fantastic case-study of Resource Management Act application to waste issues.

  • Mark Bayer, President, Bayer Strategic Consulting, Washington D.C.: Connect before you communicate: Keys for mastering difficult conversations. 

    Biography: Mark is the founder of Bayer Strategic Consulting, based in Washington D.C.  Prior to founding this company, Mark served as Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during a 20-year Capitol Hill career.  He was also a co-founder of a non-profit organisation and a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Mark shows scientists and engineers how to supercharge their advocacy and influence skills through powerful, proven insider techniques. 

    Abstract: Backlash aimed at communicators of unfavourable information is as potent today as it was 1,500 years ago. First identified in the Sophocles play Antigone – “For no one delights in the bearer of bad news” – the reflex to “shoot the messenger” recently was studied by researchers at Harvard Business School, who published their findings in the April 2019 issue of Harvard Business Review. Despite facing such an ingrained human tendency, environmental experts in contaminated land can learn to effectively communicate during difficult conversations with affected community members and other stakeholders. Find out how in this engaging keynote.

If  CPD points are important to you, CEnvP Site Contamination Specialists can claim the following CPD points: 

– Monday’s Growing your contaminated land risk assessment skills –  11 points
– Tuesday’s CLM stream sessions,  4.5 points
– Wednesday’s CLM stream sessions, 5.5 points
– Thursday’s CLM stream sessions,  3 points

See you at Conference!