AEA staff from around Australia joined Phil Hitchock, expert winemaker, on his farm and winery in Hunter Valley for the second year in a row! Arriving Friday night, staff kicked off the weekend with a delicious barbeque on the farm followed by a wine sensory challenge where staff were expected to put all their senses to the test. Following a night filled with many laughs and maybe too many beers, on the Saturday morning staff enjoyed a hearty breakfast before heading over to Phil’s winery to assist him in bottling and labelling his Pinot Noir. In the afternoon, AEA staff visited some local wineries and a brewery in Maitland before ending the night with a good old fashioned game of cricket. The highlight of the trip was (once again) taste testing the Pinot Noir! A special thanks to Phil and Scarlett for organising yet another enjoyable and memorable trip!
AEA is excited to announce that our New South Wales office has moved. Come and visit us at our new address,135 Windermere Road, Lochinvar 2321 or you can reach the NSW office at the new number, 02 4930 7960.
AEA is pleased to welcome Kevin Masterton onboard! Kevin is a senior environmental engineer with over fourteen years’ experience as an environmental consultant and is based in the Melbourne office. Click here to learn more about Kevin.
Monday mornings are gloomy for most, but not for those who attended AEA’s 3rd annual Super Bowl Party yesterday! Close to 40 people were in attendance to watch the nail-biting game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. After a fortnight of media turmoil, the Patriots beat the Seahawks 28-24, the controversial victory leading AEA director, Charlie, to declare the game “one for the ages”. For the uninitiated, AEA’s sport fans were on hand to explain the rules of the game, prompting some to believe the NFL is their true calling… Held at St Kilda’s The Dick Whittington Tavern, guests enjoyed an Aussie twist on American food, and of course American beer. The party was held thanks to staff, clients, contractors, regulators and friends for their support during 2014. We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and are looking forward to working with you this year!
AEA staff have enjoyed an exciting weekend in the Hunter Valley! Staff from all across the country flew into the wine region late Friday afternoon to assist our resident winemaker, Phil Hitchcock, with the latest batch of his delicious cabernet sauvignon. After a wonderful dinner in Maitland on Friday evening, AEA staff were up bright and early on Saturday for a busy morning of bottling and labelling. Things we learnt throughout this process: Corking is actually quite difficult and conducive to shirt-ripping Boiling hot wax really does hurt when it comes into contact with bare skin It is of utmost importance to taste-test the product 😉 Naturally after all of our hard work, we couldn’t resist visiting a couple of vineyards! Special thanks to Phil, Julie and Scarlett for organising a fun and comfortable stay. A great weekend was had by all!
AEA’s very own Phil Hitchcock is well on his way to becoming one of Australia’s leading winemakers. His latest batch of Cabernet Sauvignon was made in the Hunter Valley with grapes from the Hilltops region. Hilltop grapes Phil made the wine using old world techniques (minimal intervention/additions) so that the ‘sense of place’ of the vineyard shines through. Grape pulp following juice extraction Phil describes his creation: “The aroma is dominated by lifted blackcurrants with undertones of chocolate and coffee. The dark berries carry through to the palate where the strong tannins provide the backbone. Matured in 50% French Oak and should age for at least 6 – 8 years.” Just excuse us while we have a glass or five.
AEA is excited to announce that Peter Alderson will be joining our office in Perth. An accredited auditor in Western Australia with over 23 years’ experience in the industry, Peter has a rich and diverse work history. You can find out more about Peter here.
It’s been a busy few months for the Adelaide office who now welcome Jean-Paul Pearce onboard! Jean-Paul is an accredited auditor in South Australia and the President of the South Australian ACLCA. With over 14 years’ experience, the addition of Jean-Paul establishes the Adelaide office as South Australia’s leading environmental auditing business. Click here to read more about Jean-Paul.
Following the foundation of our Adelaide office, AEA is pleased to welcome Kerry Kent to the team! Kerry is an environmental scientist with a technical background in contaminated land and hazardous materials management and is working alongside Mick in technical support. Learn more about Kerry here
An original EA technical support member, Mick Barta has moved from New South Wales to start our new office in South Australia. This is an exciting move for AEA as we endeavour to provide the highest-quality service to all our customers by gaining greater geographical coverage of our service areas. Mick continues to provide technical support to our auditors, read more about him here.