AEA recently hosted a successful stand at the EcoForum 2016 exhibition in Perth. It was an informative, practical, technical conference for: exchange of information on emerging contaminants, new techniques, studies on successful and unsuccessful projects, and insights into regulatory and industry improvements. The learnings that some of the team (that attended) brought from the sessions will continue to streamline our processes, add to our knowledge base and ultimately improve the services that we provide to our clients.
Another successful weekend bottling some of the best sparkling wine in the Hunter Valley (yes, we’re biased!). The AEA team from around Australia were invited to a team building weekend of bottling, labelling, wine/beer tasting, egg collecting, and of course feasting and fun. AEA Director, Phil Hitchcock, is an expert winemaker/crusher/fermenter, judge and connoisseur. We were all privileged to join him at his farm/winery to lend a hand. The sparkling was made using the Traditional Method. What’s that? Glad you asked. Traditional Method (or méthode traditionelle) is an official, technical term denoting a specific method and process associated with the production of Champagne and other bottle-fermented sparkling wines. A huge thanks to Phil for having us and to Scarlett for organising. Weather was perfect and company was great. Looking forward to tasting the sparkling when it’s ready!
A usual day of visitors in AEA’s Hunter Valley office. A day at the farm in accounts.
Congratulations to Scarlett and her new little family on the safe arrival of their daughter, Adelaide Rose. Such a beautiful name and an amazing head of hair! No doubt you are all infatuated with her. Sending our best wishes for a happy, healthy and loving new journey.
Congratulations to Amy Bartolacci in AEA’s Hunter office and her partner Sam on the safe arrival of their beautiful daughter Miss Lea Flynn Inelda Cross. They are absolutely smitten with their little bundle of joy – mum, dad and baby are all doing exceptionally well, and are currently enjoying some quality family time together. Wishing them all the health and happiness in the world.
Congratulations to Amy Walsh in AEA’s Melbourne office, her partner Richard and their daughter Ellis on the the safe arrival of little Miss Hazel Quinn. Wishing you all the health and happiness in the world. Ellis is very smitten with her little sister. What a beautiful family. We are all very much looking forward to meeting her.
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Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) have permeated products globally for decades. Being man-made there is no natural bacteria that will degrade the compound. They are pervasive and are very soluble – so once it rains or during a fire it will impact local surface water bodies and groundwater. The main industries that have potential PFC presence may include airports, aviation facilities, firefighting/training facilities, chrome plating, manufacturing, wastewater storage, and landfills. PFC exposure brings into the public numerous, very sensitive concerns about its effect on humans and disabilities that are incurred. This has sparked concern and interest in regulatory authorities. Recent guidance has indicated that specific practices should be employed on sites being assessed for PFCs. It is imperative that guidance is followed and AEA auditors provide confidence that the process implemented on site is consistent with the most recent guidance. Read more…
AEA staff and their families joined EP Risk Management for an enjoyable and relaxing camping experience in the ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’ in Victoria at the weekend. It was complete with a bonfire, BBQ and bonhomie, and was a great opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and each other’s company. Enjoyed by all; no doubt this will become a seasonal ritual for a bit of fun and bonding.
The South Australian EPA is closely involved in improvements to SA’s planning strategy through the assessment of potential environmental issues associated with development. EPA has prepared position statements and guidelines to help local government planners, developers, consultants, and the community to better understand the EPA’s position on air quality, noise, radiation, waste, wastewater, and water quality in the context of the state’s planning system. These position statements and guidelines assist those preparing planning documents to understand how the environment can be safeguarded within planning strategy and policy guidelines documents. EPA’s planning staff can be contacted to discuss the EPA’s expectations on environmental protection for any proposed planning policy matter or development. AEA also supports these improvements and are keen to assist developers and planners to understand these updates, and how it may affect their projects, once announced and implemented. The full story is available here.