15-16 November, 2016 | Mercure Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD

Dr Neil Tripodi

Principal Scientist, Water Assessment and Systems
Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (QLD)
Neil Tripodi has worked in the fields related to water and water quality assessment for 20 years and at DSITI for the past 10 years. Neil is the primary contact in the areas of areas of dredging assessment, wastewater release from industry, metalliferous mines and ecotoxicology. In his role of Principal Scientist, Neil routinely conducts expert Environmental Impact Statement review, Environmental Authority review, provides pre-lodgement advice and performs ecological risk assessment, water and sediment quality assessment and analysis of aquatic macroinvertebrates data for freshwater and marine ecosystems, and provides advice on water and sediment quality monitoring, monitoring program design, regulation, and licensing under the EP Act 1994 (Qld).

11:30 Managing your dredging permit in Queensland

  • An explanation of the legislative and monitoring requirements for dredging permits
  • Managing your dredging permit to maintain currency with best practice environmental management and changing policy
  • Cooperating with Queensland administering authorities to minimise dredging permit requirements and maximising value-adding

09:50 Panel Discussion: Maintaining sound relationships with regulators to improve upper management confidence in dredging applications

  • Exploring strategies for building a relationship between regulators and management before disputes arise
  • Establishing constructive mediation between project management and regulators early in the project
  • Keeping channels of communication open during the assessment of dredging projects

14:40 Panel Discussion: The future of dredging in Australia and the potential uses of dredge material

  • The need for dredging and dredge material for flood management using dykes, break walls and embankments
  • The installation of off-shore wind-farms using dredge technology
  • Examining the types of future regulation that will govern capital, maintenance dredging and disposal options
  • The potential use of dredging activity for environmental enhancement e.g. intertidal areas and sea grass meadows

08:00 Workshop A: Achieving application approval on the first attempt: Reducing rejection by improving pre-project assessment

It can be difficult to proceed with applying for capital dredge projects when the prospect of potentially years of planning and data gathering could still result in application rejection. This workshop is appropriate for those currently in the planning stages of their project. Reduce lead time and improve efficiency by ensuring that those initial environmental approvals for dredging aren’t knocked back because of insufficient site investigation or a history of non-compliance.

The workshop will cover:
  • Introductionto and application of Queensland government regulations

  • Discussingappropriate monitoring and assessment methodologies according to the types ofbiological sensitive receptors adjacent to dredging

  • Strategiesfor maintaining best practice environmental management in your current projectmanagement plans

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Neil.

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