It is estimated that there are over 160,000 potentially contaminated sites in Australia, and there is a growing awareness of the risks posed by contaminated land.
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Whilst state-based environmental and planning regulations are in place to control the most contaminated sites, or contamination disturbed during site redevelopment, the majority of potentially contaminated sites remain unidentified. This presents a significant commercial risk to property owners and investors, where contamination could affect the safety of site users, the integrity of buildings and structures, and the value and profitability of property.
This session provides a practical overview of how contaminated land issues can be identified, mitigated and managed through the property life cycle.
Andre is an accredited NSW EPA Site Auditor, certified site contamination practitioner and past President of the Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association NSW. He currently leads GHD’s land contamination and remediation practice in Australia and New Zealand with sixteen years of international experience working in all aspects of contaminated land.
From initial desktop assessment through to intrusive site investigations, remediation and final validation, Andre has advised on a wide portfolio of contaminated sites, including informal hazardous waste sites in South Africa to gasworks in the United Kingdom, refinery and terminal sites in Australia and has carried out due diligence assessments on property transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Mike has a unique track record in developing strategies and applying methodologies to identify and assess potentially contaminated sites in large property portfolios for government, investor and corporate clients including Ausgrid, Sydney Water, GE and Macquarie Bank in Australia, and the National Health Service, British Coal and British Telecom in the UK.
He spent 3 years on secondment to Barclays Bank’s Environmental Risk Management Unit in London, where he worked to assess the impact of site contamination on lending decisions and the value of land taken as financial security.