Queensland AELERT Minutes 11 September 2007 Attendees Agency Attendees Agency Bryce Hertslet NRW Peter Mann Maroochy Greg Sullivan Brisbane Janelle Parker Maroochy Andre Simmonds NRW Anne Schofield Maroochy Janine McKay Ipswich Paul Samios Toowoomba Dieter Jurgeseir Ipswich Geoff Doyle Ipswich Brett Turville Brisbane Jasen Murray Brisbane Kel Irwin Gold Coast Barbara Dart Ipswich Bruce Morton Qld Health Helen Tynan EPA Jason Smith DPI&F Angela Gilder BCC Nicole Scott Biosecurity Mike Smith DEH Paul Brisbane-W ebb Ipswich Paul Mcgee Brisbane Paul McDonald NRW Lauren Murray Gold Coast Byron Hall Ipswich Simone May nard Seq Catchments Stuart Martin Caloundra Peter Dusha Caloundra Michael Hadjineophyton Ipswich Billy Gusset DLGPS R Craig Maudsley Ipswich Apologies Agency Apologies Agency Shasha Ingbritsen Ipswich Phillip Notaro Qld Police David McNicoll Noos a Edward Eugster Bris Airport Peter Sticklen Gold Coast Frank Henry Brisbane Pauline Dunn Hervey Bay Sheryl Krome Maroochy Andy Gaze Hervey Bay Brian Sim Biosecurity Generic Powers Greg Sullivan indicated that local authorities have been discussing generic powers under the Local Government Act. Some discussions have been had with DLGP on this subject. It was agreed that the inconsistency between Local and State government powers can cause some confusion and AELERT should attempt to advance discussions on the development of generic enforcement powers. Action: The Chair of Qld AELERT should write to LGAQ to advance the development of generic Authorised Officer Powers. Expert Witness Database It was discussed at previous meetings that a database containing contact details for expert witnesses should be developed and maintained through AELERT. This was held over to the next National Committee Meeting. Action: Raise the development and maintenance of an Expert Witness Database with the AELERT National Committee. This is to be included in the next Jurisdictional Report. National Committee Report Greg Sullivan provided a report on the activity of the AELERT National Committee and the associated sub-committees. AELERT Website Angela Gilder stated that the members section in the website is available for use. This includes a resource library. Any suggestions or amendments to the resource library should be directed to Angela. Members who would like access to this facility should contact Angela to gain access. Any members who have interesting case studies should also contact Angela as they could also be included on the website. Presentation on Ecosystem Services Simone Maynard from SE Catchments provided and overview of their work on measuring ecosystem services to assist with planning decisions in SEQ. Performance Indicators During previous meetings it was agreed that Qld AELERT should establish a steering committee to develop performance indicators for environmental regulatory services. This is committee will look at existing indicators that are used, review other systems and seek to develop effective outcome and output indicators to measure the performance of environmental regulations. Greg Sullivan stated that the steering committee had been formed and was scoping the project. AELERT Compliance and Audit Sub-Committee Mike Smith from the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Water Resources provided an overview of the Sub-committee. Primary tasks were to review the regulatory compliance audit training package, develop a common training package for auditing, facilitating the collaboration between agencies to foster best practice and information sharing. He stated that some training had already been delivered in NSW and Vic. The next meeting was to be held on 25 October 2007 and would be hosted by Gold Coast City Council. Action: Request for any members who are interested in participating the sub- committee to contact Mike Smith. Environmental Health Conference Kel Irwin and Bruce Morton provided some information on the next World Environmental Health Congress to be held on the Gold Coast in 2008. It was agreed that AELERT should provide a presentation on the Network and agency collaboration. Action: Make recommendation made to the National Committee that a speaker be provided to present at the World Health Congress. Action: Kel Irwin liaise with the organisers of the congress to arrange for an AELERT speaker. Economic Indicators Peter Mann led the discussion on the need for the development of economic indicators to measure the overall impact of non-compliance. This would assist in the determining the total costs to the community and may assist in determining appropriate compensation. It was observed that the range of fines/penalties issued by the court can significantly vary, the inclusion of the community costs expressed in economic terms may assist with sentencing submissions. Action: Bryce Hertslet is to invite members to participate in a steering committee on this subject. Invitation is to be through the email distribution list. Environmental Protection Agency Helen Tynan from Qld EPA provided an overview of the enhanced compliance initiative within their agency. She also gave a presentation on a case study associated with EPA’s role in managing emergencies. Next Qld Meeting Next meeting will be held in Brisbane after the National Conference.