Managing Contamination on Council Land (Forster)

Managing Contamination on Council Land (Forster)

Managing Contamination on Council Land (Forster)

Wednesday, 5th December 2018
Large Committee Room
MidCoast Council (Forster) Administration Building
Breese Parade, Forster
9.30am – 1.30pm

Registrations close 5.00pm Tuesday 27th November 2018

Please note:

  1. Attendance at this workshops is restricted to those Councils investing and participating in the Regional Contaminated Land Program (ie Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook, Singleton, Dungog, Maitland, Lake Macquarie, MidCoast, Cessnock and Port Stephens Councils).  
  2. Alternative workshops are also available on Monday 3rd December (Thornton) and Tuesday 4th December (Muswellbrook).
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As land managers, Councils are responsible for ensuring that contamination on land that they own, manage, lease or develop (e.g. public parks, sport fields, road reserves, commercial properties and landfill sites) does not harm the environment or public health, and that management of the land complies with all legislative requirements. Common historical land uses causing contamination of Council lands include former landfills, night soil sites, gasworks, mines, council depots, uncontrolled fill, and derelict underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS).

The Regional Contaminated Land Program is supporting Councils to identify, prioritise and manage the risk posed by contamination on land under their care, control and management.  Outputs include:

  • A Model Plan providing procedures and decision-making processes for identifying and managing contamination across Council land portfolios and at an individual site level
  • A Risk Assessment Tool for prioritising overall and individual site priorities for the management of contamination on Council land.


Purpose of the Training

This training workshop will provide participants with:

  1. Training on the roles, responsibilities and processes for identifying and managing contamination on Council owned and managed land.
  2. The opportunity to review and pilot the draft Model Contaminated Land Management Plan and Risk Assessment Tool that have been developed. Session outcomes will directly inform the finalisation of these products to ensure their suitability for ongoing Council use.


Who Should Attend

This FREE training workshop is directly relevant to Council staff involved in:

  • Community and operational land management
  • Commercial property management and/or leasing and development
  • Enterprise Risk management
  • Engineering / asset management,
  • Waste management
  • Environmental management, health and compliance



Item Focus
1 Welcome and Introductions
2 Obligations for identifying and managing contamination on Council land
3 Objectives for managing contaminated land
4 Management Approach

·         Reactive and proactive management

·         A risk based approach to prioritisation and management

·         Information Management Systems

5 Accreditation and Standards
6 Management Procedures / Process for Investigation and Remediation
7 Questions and Discussion


About the Trainer

This workshop will be delivered by Luke Speechley from Nation Partners.  Luke is an advisor to the contaminated land industry in NSW, with extensive knowledge of environmental legislation; strong relationships with environmental consultants, contractors and regulators; and a leading role in supporting public land owners in achieving best practice contaminated land management. Luke is the co-author and designer of the draft Model Contaminated Land Management Plan and Risk Assessment Tool that have been developed specifically for Councils in the Hunter region.

In recent years Luke has delivered the Contaminated Land Management Strategy for the NSW Crown Land portfolio, covering 42% of the state of NSW. This work included alignment of the corporate strategy and operating procedures with risk‐based principles; adoption of best practice for managing contamination risks in property transactions; and completion of a portfolio-wide risk assessment. He is also an advisor to Transport for NSW in relation to the management of contaminated land risks across the Sydney Metro project and the Parramatta Light Rail project, where he provides strategic guidance in relation to environmental risks in property acquisitions, property management, regulator liaison, major contract development and construction management.


More information

Steve Wilson
A/ Director Environment Division
T 4978 4026| M 0448 401 436 | E