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Contaminated Land Auditing

Geo-Logix compliance auditors for NSW, Qld, NT and ACT

Attention to detail. Practical advice.

Contaminated land auditing is performed by professionals experienced in the assessment and remediation of land contamination that have been accredited by State environmental agencies as an auditor. The role of the auditor is to review the work of contaminated land consultants to ensure it that it has been conducted in a manner consistent with state and national guidelines, and that all relevant legislative instruments have been addressed. Auditor functions vary, but by far the most common function is to independently determine and verify the suitability of land for a proposed development.

Geo-Logix’s accredited site auditor David Gregory, has more than 20 years’ experience in assessing and advising on contaminated land projects. He is a technical specialist in groundwater, soil and vapour assessments and an expert in navigating the commercial and regulatory requirements associated with developing contaminated land.

Geo-Logix Accredited Environmental Auditor – NSW, QLD, ACT, NT

David Gregory is an accredited auditor in NSW, Queensland, ACT and the Northern Territory. His pragmatic approach ensures that compliance issues and stakeholder management are balanced with commercial objectives. His lengthy experience as a contaminated land specialist allows him to pin point potential issues and provide strategic advice early in the project to ensure regulatory compliance and facilitate an expedited outcome. As audits are often a condition of development consent, this insight is invaluable for timely development programs.

When do you need an Environmental Auditor?

Planning authorities and land developers often use the environmental audit system to determine whether a site is contaminated and whether it is suitable for the proposed use. It can also be used to determine what’s required to make a site suitable for a proposed use. Most environmental audits are statutory and relate to a DA condition or have been directed by a regulatory authority in response to a pollution event. Voluntary (non-statutory) audits are generally completed for due diligence purposes, to establish contractual obligations, or ‘value add’ purposes when taking a property to market.

Removing a site from the QLD Land Registers

In Queensland, land that is known to be contaminated is listed on the Contaminated Land Register (CLR) while land that may not be contaminated but is used for activities known for causing contamination is listed on the Environmental Management Register (EMR). Contaminating activities are clearly defined by the legislation as ‘Notifiable Activities’ and include bulk chemical storage, mechanics operations, service stations, dry-cleaning, and metal plating to name a few.

To remove land from the registers, a contaminated land consultant is required to undertake investigations and remediation and to confirm that the land is not contaminated land. They must also prepare a report which is defined under the EP Act as a ‘Contaminated Land Investigation Document’ (CLID). The CLID should address specific criteria required by the EP Act and provides the basis for decisions on site suitability. Like other states, the role of the Auditor is to ensure the CLID complies with the legislation and the basis for removal has been based on robust, defensible scientific data that has been collected and evaluated in accordance with scientific principles and state and national guidelines.

Audits for added assurance

Geo-Logix’s auditing services can provide you with assurances to streamline development decisions, particularly for complex projects. Whether planning ahead or meeting a regulatory requirement, costly delays or inconvenient rework can be prevented when engaging an auditor early. David’s technical expertise and a clear understanding of regulations, guidelines and property development, will help you to minimise compliance risk and delays.

Environmental Audit Services

  • Assessments and determinations of land use suitability
  • Compliance assessments and permits
  • Independent reviews to determine the nature and extent of contamination
  • Assessments to determine the appropriateness of an investigation, remedial action plan or management plan for a particular use
  • Assistance in removing sites from contaminated land registers