Environment law and policy tracker
Thursday, 14 March 2019 2:19pm
Highlights include a new container deposit law in Western Australia, two Northern Territory bills, grant opportunities, and a new Victorian waste inquiry. Jobs include manager of NGER and the Safeguard Mechanism with the Clean Energy Regulator.
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Transform: Leading a sustainable built environment
A March 19 to 20 conference in Sydney, hosted by the Green Building Council.
- Wind industry forum 2019
A March 21 forum, hosted by the Clean Energy Council.
- Inaugural hydrogen energy summit
A March 26 to 27 conference in Melbourne, hosted by Informa.
- National acid-sulfate soils guidance – identification and assessment
A March 28 and 29 short course at the Gold Coast campus of Southern Cross University.
- Twenty years of the EPBC Act – looking back, looking forward
A March 29 conference in Canberra, hosted by the National Environmental Law Association and the ANU College of Law.
- National sustainability conference
An April 1 and 2 conference in Brisbane.
- Waste training for waste facility staff
An April 3 workshop in Sydney, targeted at the construction and demolition waste recyclers, hosted by the Australian Sustainable Business Group.
- Environment management short course
An April 3 and 4 short course in Melbourne, hosted by the Australian Environment Business Network.
- Waste crisis: Recycling, infrastructure and Queensland levy impacts
An April 12 workshop in Sydney, targeted at the construction and demolition waste recyclers, hosted by the Australian Sustainable Business Group.
- EUAA national conference 2019
The May 1 and 2 national conference of the Energy Users Association of Australia, held in Melbourne.
- Ozwater 19
A May 7 to 9 conference and expo in Melbourne, hosted by the Australian Water Association.
- Carbon Market Institute 2019 summit
A May 8 and 9 conference in Melbourne, hosted by the Carbon Market Institute.
- Large-scale solar forum 2019
A May 16 conference in Brisbane, hosted by the Clean Energy Council.
- Why investors are worried about climate change
A May 22 evening seminar, presented by the Sydney Environment Institute, with speakers including Minters' Sarah Barker and the IGCC's Emma Herd.
- International conference on sustainable development in the minerals industry
A May 27 to 29 conference in Sydney, hosted by AusIMM.
Statutory development: The Energy Security Board has released a consultation paper on retailer reliability obligation draft rules, with comments due by April 5. Workshops will be held in Melbourne and Sydney later this month.
- Environmental regulators have provided detailed advice for water utilities on accepting trade waste and using biosolids, in a proposed update of the national PFAS management plan (see background here).
- More than 300 scientists – including Professors Tim Flannery and Lesley Hughes – have signed a petition that calls for stronger land clearing legislation.
- Have your say!: The Climate Change Authority has released stocktakes of Australian and international climate change policies, and has encouraged feedback.
- The Senate committee inquiry into Australia's faunal extinction crisis is holding a public hearing in Canberra today.
- The Senate committee inquiry into rehabilitation of mining land and resource projects is due to release its report on March 20 (see background here).
- The Senate's select committee on "fair dinkum power" will hold a hearing in Canberra on March 18.
- The Australian Energy Market Commission has released materials from its public workshop on ways of enabling more wholesale demand response in the National Electricity Market.
- Last chance!: Comments close today on federal government plans to tighten rules for earning carbon credits from vegetation-based Emissions Reduction Fund projects (see background here).
- Have your say!: Comment closes March 28 on Australia's proposed national hydrogen strategy.
- Have your say!: Comment closes March 21 on the Australian Energy Market Commission's draft determination on proposed changes to the 'RERT' grid safety-net scheme (see background here).
- Have your say!: Submissions are due by April 8 to a Senate committee inquiry into a bill introduced by Senator Stirling Griff that would ban cotton exports to ensure water security.
- Applications must be made by April 1 for exemptions from liability for RET-related charges, which are available to emissions-intensive, trade-exposed businesses.
- The Department of Energy and Environment has released new data on electricity generation by fuel type.
Last chance!: Submissions are due by tomorrow to a parliamentary inquiry into a bill that would require proponents to buy water quality offsets if their developments increase sediment or nutrient levels in Great Barrier Reef catchments (see background here).
- Statutory development: The state government has gazetted the Environmental Protection (Financial Provisioning) and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation 2019.
- RES Australia has received development approval for its 240MW Dulacca wind farm, 250 kilometres north-west of Toowoomba.
- The Sunshine Coast Regional Council has received a $50,000 Qcoast2100 grant to prepare a coastal hazard adaptation strategy.
- Have your say!: Comment closes April 5 on the state's draft waste strategy (see background here).
- Have your say!: Comment closes April 15 to a review of Queensland's environmental offsets policy (see background here).
- Have your say!: The state government is surveying views on marine pest biosecurity.
The EPA has issued a prevention notice to Cleanaway over waste accepted at its Kooragang Island treatment facility (see background here).
- NSW Labor would make changes on single-use plastics, environmental licensing, waste-to-energy, biodiversity and air quality if it wins the March 23 election, party leader Michael Daley has pledged (see background here).
- State Labor has also pledged to establish a $1 billion fund to build and upgrade water infrastructure if it takes office.
- Grant opportunity: The state government is inviting applications for a share in first-round funding under its new $16 million manufacturing efficiency funding program (see background here).
- Have your say!: Comment closes March 23 on the EIS for geotechnical works for the Shoalhaven hydro expansion project.
The Legislative Council has agreed to a Greens motion to establish a committee inquiry into waste and recycling, with an August 13 reporting date (see background here).
- The state government has invited tenders to assist in the delivery of its "affordable retrofits" energy efficiency program.
- Australian Paper has spent more than $8 million seeking works approval for a waste-to-energy plant, significantly above the $3 million it budgeted for the process (see background here).
- A Melbourne metropolitan council has issued a planning permit for a facility that would gasify up to 600 tonnes of kerbside-collected mixed waste each day (see background here).
- Have your say!: The Essential Services Commission is seeking feedback by March 29 on proposed changes to guidelines for its energy efficiency scheme.
- Last chance!: The state government is seeking comment by March 18 on regional bushfire management strategies.
- Grant opportunity: The state government has invited applications from non-profit groups for grants of up to $50,000 for projects that help protect and preserve the environmental health of Port Phillip Bay. Applications close April 10.
- Grant opportunity: The state government is offering community climate change adaptation grants of between $25,000 and $75,000, with applications closing March 31.
Court decision: In a court ruling that focussed on buffer requirements and the status of large-scale storage batteries, a judge has rejected a bid by neighbours of a proposed wind farm to change its assessment category (see background here).
- Have your say!: The state government is seeking views on the revised list of declared pest animals, with comments due by April 18.
Statutory development: The Legislative Council yesterday passed without amendment legislation to establish the state's container deposit scheme.
- The state government has terminated its $13.1 million financial assistance agreement with Carnegie Clean Energy, due to concerns about its capacity to deliver its proposed Albany wave energy technology development project.
- Premier Mark McGowan is meeting today with LNG companies over the EPA's decision to recommend full carbon offsetting for emissions-intensive projects (see background here).
- Award opportunity Applications close April 29 for the state government's Golden Gecko environmental awards for resource companies.
- Grant opportunity: Grants of up to $300,000 are available to non-profit groups for individual projects that help manage the Western Australian coastline.
Statutory development:The Territory parliament will this month consider the government's Water Legislation Amendment Bill and its Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill.
- Grant opportunity: The Territory government is offering energy efficiency and sustainability to councils, with applications closing on April 5.
Jobs and appointments:
The Green Building Council of Australia has appointed Stockland's general manager of sustainability Davina Rooney as its new chief executive, with effect from June.
- The Western Australian Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is recruiting a senior manager, better regulatory practice ($133,296 - $144,609).
- The Clean Energy Regulator is hiring a general manager, NGER and Safeguard (senior executive band 1).
- Victoria's Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group is seeking a project leader, advanced waste processing project ($110,218-$128,859).
- Rio Tinto is recruiting a closure studies environmental advisor and closure studies environmental specialist for its Ranger mine.
- JLL is hiring a sustainability, compliance and risk manager – retail facilities, based in Melbourne.
- Engineering consultancy Norman Disney & Young is seeking a Sydney-based sustainability manager.
- Sydney Trains is hiring a manager, network resilience and sustainability.
- Teys Australia is seeking a sustainability engineer, based in Rockhampton.
- EPA Victoria is recruiting a senior applied scientists – contaminated environments ($96,942 - $117,293).
- The ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate is hiring a senior legal policy officer
($100,462 - $108,140).
- Victoria's Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is recruiting a senior policy officer – Basin trading rules ($96,942 - $117,293).
- The ANU's Climate Change Institute is seeking a knowledge exchange specialist ($111,621 - $117,039 plus 17% super) and a data analyst - research ($86,723 - $91,157 plus 17% super).
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