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					                                                                              EIANZ VICTORIAN DIVISION NEWSLETTER ISSUE N°17	

                                                      CHRISTMAS 2009

                                                                              Newsletter Christmas ’09
                                                                                                                    EDITORIAL                                    PAST EVENTS
                                                                                                                    Welcome to the mini Christmas edition        Breakfast with the new
                                                                                                                    of the EIANZ Victorian Division              EPA Chair and the
                                                                                                                                                                 Commissioner for
                                                                                                                    In this issue we look back at the            Environmental
                                                                                                                    ‘Breakfast with the new EPA chair            Sustainability
                                                                                                                    Cheryl Batagol and the New                   With the recent announcement of Dr
                                                                                                                    Commissioner for Sustainability Dr. Kate     Kate Auty as the new Commissioner for
                                                                                                                    Auty’.                                       Environmental Sustainability, and Cheryl
                                                                                                                    If you have a case study or article which    Batagol as the new EPA Chairman, the
                                                                                                                    would be of interest to our members          Victorian Division of the EIANZ
                                                                                                                    please e-mail your submissions to vic-       thought it was important for members to

                                                                                                           We also invite your        get some insight into the minds of these
                                                                                                                                                                 very talented people. Approximately 85
                                                                              IN THIS ISSUE                         comments, suggestions and feedback on
                                                                                                                    this and subsequent issues.                  people attended the event, and feedback
                                                                                                                                                                 has been nothing but positive, including
                                                                              EDITORIAL                             UPCOMING EVENTS                              “I was so enthralled by what both Kate
                                                                                                                                                                 and Cheryl had to say that my breakfast
                                                                                                                    Sustainable Living Festival
                                                                              UPCOMING EVENTS                                                                    went cold!”.
                                                                              Sustainable Living festival debate,                                                Although the event was never intended to
                                                                                                                    “Why bother with renewable
                                                                              EIANZ event calendar                                                               highlight the fact that both of these
                                                                                                                                                                 important positions have been taken up
                                                                              PAST EVENTS                           As part of the Sustainable Living Festival   by women, it became apparent whilst
                                                                              Breakfast with the Commissioner       at Federation Square, EIANZ Victoria         listening to these speakers that they have
                                                                              for Environmental Sustainability      will again join a debate with Young          faced similar challenges as women in
                                                                              and the EPA Chair                     Engineers Australia. This year’s topic:      important positions in the workplace,
                                                                                                                    “Why bother with renewable energy?”.         which has played an important part of
                                                                              EIANZ PROFILE                         We look forward to seeing you all at         the development of their respective
                                                                              This issue introduces Victorian’s     Federation Square to soak up the very        careers.
                                                                              Vice President Nicole Rogers          best examples of ecological and social       Kate has an amazing background,
                                                                              TURN YOUR CHRISTMAS                   sustainability.                              embedded in which is her love of the
                                                                              GREEN                                 The Sustainable living festival runs from    land and our natural environment, and
                                                                              12 tips to green the Christmas        19 - 21 February.                            the original caretakers of that land,
                                                                              holidays                                                                           overlaid with her legal training and
                                                                                                                    EIANZ Victoria Events
                                                                                                                                                                 experience. Cheryl has a completely
                                                                              CALL FOR TREASURER                    Summer & Autumn 2010                         different background of farming, waste
                                                                                                                    To give an idea of the events we are
                                                                              The Victorian committee Is                                                         management and environmental
                                                                                                                    working on for the first half year of
                                                                              looking for a new Treasurer                                                        management, and attributes raising a
                                                                                                                                                                 family as an important part of
                                                                              WELCOME TO NEW
                                                                                                                    March – Members Networking event             developing skills that she has needed to
                                                                              COMMITTEE MEMBERS
                                                                                                                    April – Partner event with AWA               apply in her career.
                                                                              CENVP END OF YEAR                                                                  Interesting information to take away
                                                                                                                    June – Meet the Policy Drivers forum         from the event include the fact that
                                                                                                                    June – Climate Change Boot Camp              Cheryl indicated that she was satisfied

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                                                                                 EIANZ VICTORIAN DIVISION NEWSLETTER ISSUE N°17	

                                                                 CHRISTMAS 2009

                                                                              with recent structural changes made to the Environment                   consume things that will end up in landfill. This is particularly
                                                                              Protection Authority by the previous Chairperson, Mick Bourke.           important coming up to Christmas!
                                                                              Additionally, Kate indicated the potential need for the
                                                                                                                                                   3. How do you personally incorporate sustainability
                                                                              Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability to report more
                                                                                                                                                      into your everyday life?
                                                                              regularly on important issues than the State of the Environment
                                                                                                                                                      I am an obsessive recycler (I take rubbish home in my
                                                                              report allows. Both agreed that our response to climate change
                                                                                                                                                      handbag if there are no recycle bins around when I am out,
                                                                              challenges will be one of the biggest upcoming issues Victoria,
                                                                                                                                                      and sort through my parent’s rubbish to make sure they are
                                                                              and Australia, will face.
                                                                                                                                                      doing their bit), we grow our own herbs and vegetables and
                                                                              Feedback from this event and ideas for any future events are
                                                                                                                                                      have planted native trees in the garden, we use grey water, I
                                                                              welcome, and should be emailed to                  try to limit the use of my car to once a week on my day off,
                                                                                                                                                      and use the train every other day, I have cut back red meat
                                                                              EIANZ PROFILE                                                           consumption to about once a week, I buy plants for people
                                                                              Meet our Events                                                         instead of cut flowers, I drink tap water, I am buying many of
                                                                              Coordinator,                                                            my Christmas presents this year from Oxfam, and I love
                                                                              Melissa Grant                                                           organic and biodynamic wine!

                                                                                                                                                   4. How do you wind down at the end of a hard week at
                                                                              1. You work for CenvP                                                   the coal face (sorry, that should that be 'renewable

                                                                                 Program and the EIANZ –                                              energy' face!)
                                                                                 how long have you been                                               Spending time with my 5 year old on my day off restores the
                                                                                 with them and what is                                                spirit after a week at the office! A long walk/run early on
                                                                                 your current role?                                                   Saturday morning along Gardiner Creek, and usually
                                                                                 I have been with the CenvP                                           catching up with friends for a home cooked meal on a
                                                                                 program and the EIANZ since                                          Saturday night.
                                                                                 February 2008.
                                                                                                                                                   5. What do you enjoy most about your role as
                                                                                 As Manager of the CenvP Program it is my role to coordinate
                                                                                                                                                      Committee member?
                                                                                 each new intake of CEnvPs and arrange interviews in
                                                                                                                                                      The energy and enthusiasm that our committee members
                                                                                 conjunction with our interstate and NZ panel conveners,
                                                                                                                                                      display first thing in the morning at our monthly meetings,
                                                                                 maintain the database, promote the program, as well as the
                                                                                                                                                      how switched-on, informed and passionate they are, and how
                                                                                 day to day running of the business including finances.
                                                                                                                                                      they are always willing to contribute their time and talents to
                                                                                 As Victorian Division Events Coordinator for EIANZ I plan
                                                                                                                                                      help create events for our members and guests which are
                                                                                 and coordinate our events and functions, a highlight of which
                                                                                                                                                      informative, interesting and entertaining.
                                                                                 was the Annual Conference in 2008, which included Minister
                                                                                 Garrett as our guest speaker!                                     CALL FOR NEW VICTORIAN
                                                                              2. Where do you see the new challenges of                            TREASURER
                                                                                 sustainability in the environment profession?                     Our current Victorian Treasurer, Tim Phillips, will hang up his
                                                                                 As I work more ‘for’ the environment profession rather than       calculator at the end of 2009, leaving us bereft of a treasurer and
                                                                                 in it per se, my personal perspective is just that each person    committee member for 2010.
                                                                                 needs to realise the impact they have on the environment and      We would like to acknowledge the contribution and hard work
                                                                                 adjust their behaviour and purchasing patterns accordingly.       that Tim has put in over the past 2 years as treasurer, and thank
                                                                                 Take individual responsibility, inform yourself about which       him sincerely for all his effort, ideas, and dedication to the task of
                                                                                 companies are environmentally friendly, and are working           treasurer for the Victorian Division.
                                                                                 positively to reduce their impact, and purchase their products.   We are now calling for a volunteer to step up to fulfill this
                                                                                 Find out what your local council is doing, chances are there      important role, which would suit anyone with an hour a month
                                                                                 are lots of projects to become involved with. Support local       free to attend our committee meetings (first Tuesday morning of
                                                                                 industry and produce whenever you can, eliminate non-             the month from 8am till 9am in the CBD) initially, and a bit more
                                                                                 recyclable items from your life wherever possible, recycle        around the time of events when bills need paying etc. If you are a
                                                                                 everything you possibly can and don’t just mindlessly             sole practitioner and used to doing your own accounts payable
                                                                                                                                                   and receivable this would suit you down to the ground, however

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                                                                                 EIANZ VICTORIAN DIVISION NEWSLETTER ISSUE N°17	

                                                                 CHRISTMAS 2009

                                                                              we encourage any member who would like to make a
                                                                                                                                                    CENVP END OF YEAR INTAKE
                                                                              contribution to the EIANZ Victorian committee to contact
                                                                              Melissa at to register their interest.           CENVP End of Year Intake now open -
                                                                                                                                                    Deadline is 21st December 2009
                                                                              TURN YOUR                                                             Don’t put it off until the last minute! It’s time to start preparing
                                                                              CHRISTMAS                                                             your application for CENVP. The Certified Environmental
                                                                                                                                                    Practitioner CENVP program is inviting suitably qualified
                                                                              GREEN                                                                 practitioners to participate in this important initiative for the
                                                                              Twelve                                                                environmental profession. Don’t miss this opportunity to apply for
                                                                              (Environmentally                                                      CENVP status and be recognised!
                                                                              Friendly) tips for                                                    Completed applications including application fee and referee
                                                                              Christmas                                                             reports should be submitted to the CENVP Registrar prior to the
                                                                              1. Deck the halls with boughs of                                      closing date. EIANZ members and fellows receive significant
                                                                              real holly - instead of using                                         discounts on application and annual certification fees.
                                                                              artificial Christmas decorations,                                      Extensions may be granted by applying in writing (by email is
                                                                              hang greenery from the garden                                         acceptable) to by 10th December 2009.
                                                                              or organic seasonal fruit that can be composted when the              Application fees must be submitted for payment at time of
                                                                              decorations come down.                                                extension request.

                                                                                                                                                    Please review all application materials and requirements prior to
                                                                              2. Instead of buying a plastic tree, use a potted Australian native
                                                                                                                                                    submitting an application. Applications which are incomplete or
                                                                              that can be planted in the garden after Christmas.
                                                                                                                                                    incorrect will risk delays in processing and interview scheduling.
                                                                              3. Instead of Christmas paper, wrap gifts in fabric that can be re-   The process from application to certification will take
                                                                              used, such as tea towels, cloth bags or tablecloths.                  approximately 6 months, to allow for screening of all applications,
                                                                              4. Buy gifts that help someone else live sustainably, such as         allocation of interview panel, scheduling of interview,
                                                                              seedlings for a vegie patch.                                          compilation of panel reports, and assessment and ratification of
                                                                                                                                                    applications by the Board Application Review committee.
                                                                              5. Turn Christmas lights off overnight.
                                                                                                                                                    Application forms, frequently asked questions, and all other
                                                                              6. Buy locally-grown or organic produce for Christmas lunch.          information can be found online at
                                                                              7. Give charity, recycled or e-cards.                                 If you have any questions regarding the requirements or your
                                                                                                                                                    eligibility, the Registrar is happy to speak with you to determine
                                                                              8. Keep and reuse gift bags.
                                                                                                                                                    whether you should apply during this intake.
                                                                              9. If you are washing up plates, use a tub to rinse them and pour
                                                                                                                                                    Please post signed hard copies of applications to:
                                                                              that water onto the garden.
                                                                                                                                                    CENVP Registrar
                                                                              10. If you're using disposable plates, choose the sturdy paper
                                                                                                                                                    c/- EIANZ
                                                                              variety, not plastic.
                                                                                                                                                    GPO Box 211
                                                                              11. Consider becoming part of a Kris Kringle instead of buying a      Melbourne VIC 3000
                                                                              lot of unwanted gifts.                                                Australia

                                                                              12. Keep the emphasis on presence, not presents, by spending          Digitally scanned copies can be emailed to:
                                                                              plenty of time with family and friends.                      For more information, please direct
                                                                                                                                                    enquiries to

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                                            CHRISTMAS 2009

                          The Victorian Committee
                          would like to welcome
                          Melody, Kimberly, Martin
                          and Ross as members of the

                          We will introduce them to
                          you in our newsletter in 2010.
                                                           CONTACT DETAILS

                                                           Elizabeth Hurst

                                                           Alison Dodd
                                                           Vice President

                                                           Tim Philips

                                                           Melissa Grant
                                                           Events Coordinator (

                                                           Johanna Schortinghuis
                                                           Secretary, Newsletter and Website Editor

                                                           Michael O’Neill
                                                           Committee member

                                                           National Councillor

                                                           Nigel Murphy
                                                           Committee member

                                                           Leah Wheatley
                                                           Committee member

                                                           Sri Patnaikuni
                                                           Committee member

                                                           EIANZ OFFICE
WE HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A SAFE                                Located at 50 Cardigan St, Carlton 3053
   AND HAPPY CHRISTMAS.                                    GPO Box 211, MELBOURNE
HOPEFULLY WE SEE YOU ALL IN                                VIC 3001 Australia
                                                           Phone 03 9654 7473
     FOR ITS MEMBERS.                                      Melissa Grant at

                                                           MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES CONTACT
                                                           Anne Young at

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