02 May 2011 - A number of Aurecon’s environmental experts presented at “EcoForum 2011” on 9-11 March at Exhibition Hall, Australian Technology Park, Sydney.
Aurecon’s Danette McLean, Senior Environmental Engineer, was awarded the Best Poster Presentation for her paper and poster entitled ‘Warraber Island Waste Pilot Project’. “This project was a great collaboration between Aurecon and APC as part of the Major Infrastructure Program (MIP) funded by the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments,” said Danette.
The Warraber Island Waste Pilot Project was launched on 10 September 2009 and aimed to trial innovative, cost effective and simple to use systems to reduce the volume of waste going to landfill. Aurecon and APC introduced a low technology system involving composting and recycling and oversaw the operation of the system for 12 months. “The pilot proved that a successful scheme needs to incorporate appropriate technology as well as changes in community and business behaviours,” said Danette.
A new addition to the conference stream looked at the value of communications for project delivery and environmental awareness. “We saw a broad range of industry and international experts discussing the benefits of wider stakeholder engagement when managing environmental projects,” said Cormac Farrell, Senior Environmental Specialist at Aurecon, who also presented at the conference.
Cormac’s presentation, titled ‘Building a Bigger Tent – Managing Stakeholder Input During Environmental and Engineering Design’ focused on large and complex infrastructure projects. “Aurecon has recently trialled a consultative design approach to a series of projects which would typically be fraught with conflict and uncertainty,” said Cormac. “By actively including stakeholders in the design discussions and site inspection, we noted a significant improvement in both the design outcome and the level of community acceptance.”
Aurecon sponsored the networking function and waste stream at EcoForum and was attended by seven senior environmental and management staff from the business. “We have been actively involved in EcoForum for a number of years, and the event directly aligns with our commitment and drive to support positive environmental outcomes in our projects and wider communities,” said Geoff Thompson, Principal Environmental Consultant, who also helped the event organisers to plan the waste and resource recovery stream.
“Our involvement highlights this commitment, as well as our depth and breadth of experience, to clients and the community,” said Tim Paterson, Aurecon’s General Manager – Community Development and Infrastructure who addressed the delegates at the EcoForum networking function.