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.
AEA’s talented expert winemaker, Phil Hitchcock, treated clients and friends to a Christmas special by gifting his very own prestigious Hunter Valley wine. To top it off, the bottling was done by AEA staff at our yearly get together, and it looks like it’s gone down a treat! As one happy recipient put it “Please let your colleagues know how much we enjoyed this wine celebrating a family event with enough people to do the big bottle justice.”
What A Game! As Super Bowl 50 comes to an end, so does AEA’s 4th Super Bowl Party. An annual event that is enjoyed by staff, the EP risk crew, service providers, clients, friends and some actual gridiron fans. While many who attended had very little knowledge of the Super Bowl, AEA director, Charlie, who is possibly Australia’s biggest NFL fan, was eager to explain the rules. The event was held at the Dick Whittington Tavern, where our guests enjoyed delicious American style food and beer, great company and a great atmosphere. The game started off well for the Broncos who quickly took the lead and never relinquished it. For those who never really got into the game, the joyous half-time show by Beyoncé, Coldplay and Bruno Mars definitely lightened the mood and many found themselves unavoidably bopping to the beat. As the 4th quarter began the tension grew higher and the Panther fans in the room began rooting for a dramatic comeback. The Panthers stayed within one score until the final minutes of the game, before falling to the Bronco’s 24-10. The game was a true testament that “Defence Wins Championships”. The whole team at AEA hopes that guests had a great time in a post Christmas and New Years celebration and thanks everyone for their support last year. We look forward to working with you once again this year.
In 2015, Jean-Paul Pearce was successful in his application for appointment as an environmental auditor (contaminated land) in Victoria and a contaminated land auditor in Queensland, building upon his 2012 accreditation in South Australia. Jean-Paul has over 15 years’ experience in the industry and continues to be a valued AEA employee since commencing in 2014. On behalf of all the AEA team, huge congratulations to Jean-Paul on the further recognition of his skills!
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.