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 Essential reading for and about the environment and sustainability industry
  Environment Business Australia is the peak business organisation for the Australian environment and
sustainability industry. We are proud of our role at the leading edge of policy development and advocacy.
Our work promoting the need for a national transition to sustainability supports member companies who
 deliver solutions to environmental challenges. Our mission is to develop the full commercial potential of
                  the Australian environment industry in Australian and overseas markets.
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               Editors: Fiona Wain, Chief Executive Officer • Robyn Kennedy, Secretariat Manager

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EBA November 2005 Newsletter

Contents
Headlines and commentary..............................................................................................................................2
       Tackling the hard issues and finding solutions ...................................................................................... 2
       Swiss Re and Harvard School team up on climate change .................................................................... 3
EBA Activities .................................................................................................................................................4
International News ...........................................................................................................................................5
       G8 Ministers try to bridge the gap between talk on climate change ...................................................... 5
       Illegal forestry........................................................................................................................................ 5
       Investments in renewable energy grows ................................................................................................ 6
       Shell head retires .................................................................................................................................... 6
       USA and organic food............................................................................................................................ 6
       EU guide to green legislation................................................................................................................. 6
       Australian Conservationist Awarded Volvo Environment Prize ........................................................... 6
       GLOBE 2006 Conference and Trade Fair-Developing the Business of the Environment Vancouver,
       Canada 29-31 March 2006 ..................................................................................................................... 6
National News ..................................................................................................................................................7
       Cleantech Forum 29 November – Melbourne ....................................................................................... 7
       NSW Desalination.................................................................................................................................. 7
       Victoria supports renewable energy....................................................................................................... 7
       Productivity Commission takes a look at waste efficiency ................................................................... 7
       Bernard Wonder becomes Head of Office of the Productivity Commission......................................... 8
       The Climate Institute.............................................................................................................................. 8
       ACCC says Sydney Councils can collectively tender with waste management providers.................... 8
       Energy Security...................................................................................................................................... 8
New EBA Members .........................................................................................................................................8
News from EBA Members ...............................................................................................................................8
       Pacific Hydro addresses the so called “subsidisation” of emerging energy industries.......................... 8
       BP Australia ........................................................................................................................................... 9
News from the QLD EBA Chapter...................................................................................................................9
       Opportunity to promote yourself in Queensland ................................................................................... 9
       Upcoming events.................................................................................................................................... 9
       Representation Activities ..................................................................................................................... 10
       Queensland’s Policy News................................................................................................................... 10
Career Opportunities.....................................................................................................................................10
       State Manager-Environmental/Engineering Consultancy; NSW......................................................... 10
       Contaminated Land Consultants/Project Managers – Australia wide locations .................................. 11
       Senior Process Engineer-Wastewater, Regional Victoria.................................................................... 11
       Senior Water Systems Engineer – Regional Victoria .......................................................................... 12
       Lead Occupational Hygienist - Melbourne .......................................................................................... 12
       Environmental Scientist (Consulting)- Queensland ............................................................................. 13
       Senior Strategic Planner/Environmental Planner- Melbourne ............................................................. 13
       Senior Project Manager, Contaminated Land-Melbourne ................................................................... 13
       Senior Hydrologist - Melbourne .......................................................................................................... 14
       Contaminated Land Team Leader Adelaide ........................................................................................ 14
       Civil Water Engineers – Consulting (Vic & Qld)................................................................................ 14
       Major Projects Engineers - Water ........................................................................................................ 15
       Transport Planning Teal Leader - Melbourne...................................................................................... 15
       Earthwatch ........................................................................................................................................... 15
       CEDA................................................................................................................................................... 16
       The Climate Institute............................................................................................................................ 16
       The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT).................................................................................. 16

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International Career Opportunities...............................................................................................................16
       Environmental Manager....................................................................................................................... 16
Seeking employment......................................................................................................................................17
Events ............................................................................................................................................................17
Reference .......................................................................................................................................................18
       EBA Newsletter contact....................................................................................................................... 18


Headlines and commentary
Tackling the hard issues and finding solutions
This year's Business and Sustainability Summit took a fresh look at the opportunities that the environment
industry provides to the broader economy and brought together some of the world's leading 'doers' who
evidently greatly inspired delegates.

Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson spoke about a commitment to lowering greenho use gases and
making his city more liveable, friendly and useable. Clearly demonstrating that action works, Salt Lake
City is already 76% of the way towards its goal of lowering emissions by 21% and this was a project only
started in 2002. The Mayor gave practical examples of how his objectives are met - and his leadership has
resulted in the "Salt Lake City Green" program being one of three finalists in the environmental category
of the World Leadership Awards.

His presentation was a natural lead-in to the launch of EBA's draft discussion paper on "Australia's choice
- building on national prosperity" (copies of which are available immediately to EBA members from the
secretariat and the paper will shortly be available on the EBA website). The crux of the paper is that the
'context' which surrounds economic success, security, and our high quality lifestyle is becoming
increasingly vulnerable to the stresses being imposed on the environment. The roadway we are on now
will not deliver the future we aspire to for ourselves or for future generations, so how do we change
direction? EBA argues that there is great opportunity in transition but that pretending that humankind can
"cope with and adapt to" all the risks ahead and emerge safely is naive in the extreme. A very simple
question is posed "what are the costs and risks involved in change? And what are the costs and risks if we
fail to change? We may not be able to eliminate risk but we don't have to live with foreseeable risk when
we have the capacity and capability to think, plan and change behaviour.

I would be interested in your feedback as this is a concept we will be spending much time on over the
coming year. Our premise is that the private sector has great innovation and wealth creation skills but that
it is only government that can create the 'enabling framework' for a healthy transition because they control
the powerful tools and levers such as regulation, taxation, market based instruments, government
procurement and investment (especially in areas like infrastructure or automotive fleets). Without a solid
portfolio of options and clear signals to the marketplace that governments can provide, it is (as we all
know only too well) difficult to get the technology that is capable of delivering quantum leaps forward
adopted quickly.

Coinciding with the Summit was the announcement from Senator Ian Campbell, Federal Minister for the
Environment, that the debate on climate change is over as far as the Howard Government is concerned and
that Australians must accept that humans contribute to global warming and must adapt their behaviour to
save the planet. This announcement was roundly applauded by delegates.

During the energy debate there was unanimous agreement on the need for a price signal for carbon. This
was considered the most important first step and one of the biggest catalysts to change. Dr John White
pointed out that Japan has recently announced that a carbon tax will be applied on energy intensive
imports and that BHP have announced they will be stapling carbon offsets to their sales of coal in some
countries (but not yet onto Australian coal sales).

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The British High Commissioner to Australia, and former UK Energy Minister, Helen Liddell said it was
time to pull our heads out of the sand and take a much more realistic look at different energy sources
including nuclear. She provided a number of practical examples of achieving change that had positive
outcomes for the economy and for employment - and she emphasised that what was in the UK's interests
could also be used to fast-track technology transfer to developing countries.

Energy efficiency, particularly if projects can be aggregated, has the potential to provide significant cost
savings as well GHG emissions reductions, but it is still the unsung hero in the equation according to
Jonathan Jutsen, the founder of Energetics who has recently returned from the USA. He said that while
15% of companies are taking advantage of low cost and high yield energy savings - a staggering 85%
were not.

And countering the myth that renewable energy sources are unlikely to provide baseload generation, Dr
Bertus de Graaf, Managing Director of Geodynamics, spoke about the massive energy potential from one
reservoir of deep hot fractured rock.

Alternative transportation, energy storage, water desalination fuelled by renewable energy, nuclear energy,
clean coal technologies, green buildings, and a suite of renewable energy sources will all play important
roles in developing a clean, safe and affordable energy future for Australia and provide significant export
and technology transfer opportunities. An important point that the panel stressed was that there will be
solutions that we haven't thought of yet and this is why it is so important to have flexibility to weave in
new technologies or approaches.

It was perplexing therefore to read in the AFR's editorial on the 4th November that the "renewable energy
industry is unviable without large subsidies, or conscripted customers." The ExternE report which
outlined that inefficiently used fossil fuels were costing EU economies between 1% and 2% of GDP - and
that was without incorporating costs associated with climate change - put paid to that argument some time
ago (Rob Grant, the MD of Pacific Hydro also addresses this issue in a letter to the AFR which is
reprinted below). The following day the AFR carried a highly informed article written by Tina Perrinotto
about the coming shocks of climate change and the opportunities for investors and business leaders who
recognise that the "global warming business will be just as important - and as big - as the internet boom."

As Alan Tate pointed out during the Summit, it is time for the media to take greater responsibility for the
"balance" that they purport to be trying to achieve. When the majority of scientists and economists
believe that climate change is one of the biggest threats facing mankind, it is not "balance" to trot out the
same small handful of sceptics with blinkered 1950s mindsets hellbent on protecting the bubble they have
lived in and profited from at the expense of the global commons. Rational economists are only rational
when externalities are factored into economic analysis and, while externalities (collateral damage) are
terribly complex, "complexity" should not become a pass-word for deferring action to another person or
another time which doesn't interfere with short-term political or market cycles. If there is complexity in
addressing externalities and short-termism, then there will be immeasurable complexity in trying to adapt
to life on a planet that is no longer 'fit for purpose'.

And thanks to Jon Jutsen for a reminder about the cartoon that shows 2 insects having a conversation and
one saying to the other "you know humans are the only species that became extinct because they could not
calculate the ROI of surviving in advance."

Swiss Re and Harvard School team up on climate change
Swiss Re and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have sponsored a seminal study on
Climate Cha nge Futures prepared by the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard
Medical School.

The study is in 3 parts - trends, case studies, and scenarios - and these detail and analyse current climate
change related consequences for human health, ecological systems and the global economy.
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Some of the key findings include:

Heat waves and Bush Fires
Between 1967 and 1999 bushfires in Australia resulted in 223 deaths and 4,185 injuries with a cost of over US $2.5
billion. Heat waves are becoming more intense and more prolonged. In Australia heat waves have caused more
fatalities than any other natural weather hazard.

Coral Reefs
Twenty-seven percent of coral reefs are dead and 60% are in danger. Further ocean warming and disease could
cause reefs to collapse worldwide within several decades. The collapse of reefs means the loss of net benefits that
vary in economic value depending on the degree of coastal development. In Southeast Asia, the total loss is
estimated to represent an annual value of US $20, 000 - $151, 000 per square kilometre of reef (Burke 2002).

Agriculture
Outbreaks of pest, fungi and increased growth of weeds require increased use of pesticides which threaten health of
farm workers and consumers. Pests also cause yield losses as high as 50% for tropical crops such as sugarcane.

Infectious & Respiratory Diseases
Asthma costs Australia approximately US $617 million. Ragweed pollen and some soil fungal growth are
stimulated by increasing levels of carbon dioxide. This effect of CO2 on plants may be contributing to the rising
prevalence of asthma. Warming and extreme weather affect the breeding and range of disease vectors such as
mosquitoes responsible for malaria and West Nile virus.

Water
In 2002, 1.1 billion people or one out of every six persons, did not have access to adequate supplies of clean water.
If present consumption patterns continue, UNEP estimates two out of three people will live under water-stressed
conditions by the year 2025.

Continued warming and more extreme weather patterns are likely to have a marked and adverse effect on the
distribution and quality of drinking water. Water shortages and water-related illnesses could become more
widespread and more frequent.

Floods
Worldwide from 1992 - 2001 there were 2,257 reported extreme weather events. The most frequent natural weather
disaster was flooding.

A copy of the full report is available at http://www.climatechangefutures.org/report/.

Jeffrey Sachs, the Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University commented on the study "It offers a deeply
knowledgeable analysis of the complex linkages of climate and human well-being, showing in case after case how
man-made climate change poses deep and often little recognised risks to every aspect of our lives - health, food
production, extreme weather, economic productivity. The effects of human action on the climate may well prove to
be highly non-linear, with abrupt and highly adverse effects on global eco-systems."


EBA Activities
Annual General Meeting
The EBA Annual General Meeting will be held at 4.00 p.m. on Friday 25 November and will be hosted by
PricewaterhouseCoopers at their Sydney offices (level 10, 201 Sussex Street). EBA members are
encouraged to come and join us, hear about the year in review and the plans for the coming 12 months.
And of course there is the election for the new Council and an outstanding line-up of candidates. The
formal meeting will be followed by drinks and networking, so come along and have your say. We look
forward to seeing you there.

International activity

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EBA is planning its input to the Montreal Climate Conference - CoP11/MoP1 and in a recently received
letter from the Canadian Environment Minister who will be the President of the Conference he said "In the
previous Conference of the Parties meeting, EBA contributed significantly to the policy discussion. I look
forward to reading the next paper from your organisation."

International News
G8 Ministers try to bridge the gap between talk on climate change
Energy and environment ministers from the G8 countries and 12 more developed and developing nations
met in London recently for informal talks on global warming. The "dialogue on climate change, clean
energy and sustainable development" was launched by the UK this summer, with an aim to begin healing
divisions over climate policy (ED 08/07/05
http://www.environmentdaily.com/articles/index.cfm?action=article&ref=19171).
The meeting's publicised outcomes were more practical than political. In a statement, the UK environment
ministry said that dialogue partners had agreed to "work together" on deployment of clean technologies
and on incentives for large-scale private sector investment in low carbon technologies.

Partners will also work on "a new model for cooperation" on technology transfer between developed and
developing countries first proposed at the Gleneagles summit of G8 leaders in July, and on reinforcing
action on adapting to the impacts of climate change. Hovering behind these technology- focused
discussions is the key question of the global legal framework needed after 2012, when the Kyoto
protocol's targets for industrialised countries to limit their greenhouse gas emissions expire.

Challenged by journalists, UK environment minister Margaret Beckett insisted that the dialogue would not
provide immediate answers but would, she hoped, lay a foundation for more constructive discussions.
"This is not meant to substitute fo r the UN process. It is meant to enable people to explore the issues, and
to create a better spirit for any negotiations that ultimately will come", she said.

Closing the meeting, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair reinforced the same message. Immediate talk of
greenhouse gas targets make people "get very nervous and very worried", he said. The dialogue, in
contrast, was intended to "develop the right partnership" so that, "further down the line" the world can
develop "the right framework beyond 2012".

Tuesday's discussions had already "set the scene for constructive discussions" at the next conference of
parties to the UN climate change convention and its Kyoto protocol in December, the UK environment
ministry said after the meeting.

In a set of chairman's conclusions, the UK government identified creating incentives for private sector
investment in cleaner technologies as a key challenge, including what it called "long, loud and legal
frameworks". Mexico is to host another meeting in the series next year.
Follow- up: UK prime minister's office meeting information http://www.number-
10.gov.uk/output/Page8414.asp, and environment ministry press release
http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/latest/2005/climate-1102.htm, plus background on the G8 climate change
process
http://www.g8.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1094235520309.
EBA thanks the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for this article

Illegal forestry
The World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Council of
Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) have issued a joint position paper calling on governments to
combat illegal logging.



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Investments in renewable energy grows
Reuters carried the highlights of a Worldwatch Institute report which states that global investment in
renewable energy hit a record $US30 billion ($40.9 billion) last year and this accounts for between 20 and
25% of all investment in the power industry. Solar power was noted as being the fastest growing of the
renewables.

Shell head retires
Tim Warren retires as Chairman of Shell Australia in February and his replacement has been named as
Russell Caplan, currently senior VP of Shell's global leadership team in London.

USA and organic food
What's next? Even MacDonald's restaurants are considering organic coffee. And Wal-Mart's Chief
Executive Lee Scott is quoted as saying "We are particularly excited about organic food, the fastest-
growing category in all food."

Organic food now accounts for sales of about $12 billion in the USA and is showing a 20% annual growth
rate.

EU guide to green legislation
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has launched a detailed reference guide to EU green
legislation. A key aim of the handbook is to help NGOs and environmental administrations better
understand the legal framework in the EU. See http://www.eeb.org/publication/policy_handbook.htm for
further details.

Australian Conservationist Awarded Volvo Environment Prize
The Volvo Environment prize 2005 is awarded to two outstanding conservationists from the southern
hemisphere who have made extraordinary contributions to conservation. Their work in these biodiversity
hotspots has built strong public support and has enhanced global understanding of the importance of
protecting diversity.

For the first time in history of VEP two women are sharing the award: Dr Mary Kalin Arroyo (a New
Zealander) who works in Chile and has combined research on the reproductive systems of plants with the
study of complete communities and applied this information to conservation. Her studies have led to the
design of improved system of protected areas in Chile, one of the world’s most important biodiversity
regions. Professor Aila Keto (Australian) whose work takes place in Australia and has led to the protection
of more than 1.5 million hectares of Queensland’s rainforest.


GLOBE 2006 Conference and Trade Fair-Developing the Business of the Environment Vancouver,
Canada 29-31 March 2006
The countdown to GLOBE 2006 is on and the international environmental business community is
preparing to do business in Vancouver, Canada, March 29 to 31, 2006 at North America's largest and most
innovative environmental business event.

As on previous occasions the Consulate General of Canada (Sydney) is in conjunction with its Canadian
partners co-ordinating a trade mission from Australia to participate in GLOBE 2006.

In addition to the event’s conference, trade show and business matchmaking activities a unique service is
offered in pre-organised business matching programs, one-on-one meetings, and site visits where
appropriate, tailored to the interests of individual mission members. While GLOBE is centred in
Vancouver these programs can include other provinces, and the very successful Post-GLOBE event will
again be held in Toronto.

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The GLOBE series of conferences has become the nexus for global networking and leadership on the
business of the environment. Biennially, thousands of environmental business leaders, corporate
environmental managers and sustainability practitioners come together in Vancouver, to explore mutually
inclusive goals of corporate sustainability and business growth.

For more information on GLOBE and the trade mission please contact Bob Gow at Consulate General of
Canada, and more details may also be obtained by accessing the following hotlinks.
http://www.globe2006.com/
http://www.globe2006.com/documents/GLOBE2006_OverviewEnglish.pdf
http://www.globe2006.com/documents/GLOBE2006_ConferenceOutline.pdf
Contact: R. G. (Bob) Gow, Trade Commissioner
Consulate General of Canada
Ph: 02 9364 3045 Fax: 02 9364 3097 Mobile: 0418 206 218
Email: robert.gow@international.gc.ca



National News
Cleantech Forum 29 November – Melbourne
This conference has the ear of the mainstream finance sector that are now looking as at possibly increasing
allocation to Private Equity for investment in environmental funds, but also directly in clean technology
companies and projects.

Macquarie has recently developed a cleantech fund-of-funds available to investors. This is a welcome
addition to the range of choices available to cleantech investors in Australia, and builds on the depth of the
Australian cleantech investment market.

At the cleantech conference, delegates will have access to key investment decision makers at all levels and
the ability to build relationships with investors which is important for environmental businesses.

There are special discounts for EBA members and you can register on-line at www.cleantechforum.com
For more information on the conference contact; Jeffrey Castellas on 0401 067 252 or
jeffcastellas@cleantechforum.com ; Richard Milroy on 02 9555 5240 .or richmilroy@cleantechforum.com



NSW Desalination
NSW Utilities Minister, Carl Scully, has said that all contracts between the NSW Government and the proposed
desalination plant would be made public. The successful bidder for the project will be chosen next year and the
shortlist contains three consortia - Sydney Aqua Solutions (which includes Bovis Lend Lease, Degremont and
Australian Water Services); Pure Solutions; and Freshwater Alliance.

Victoria supports renewable energy
The Victorian Government has committed to supporting renewable energy through a system of market based
measures to more than double the share of energy from renewable sources to 10 per cent by 2010. Premier Steve
Bracks said the plan would involve capital investments worth $2 billion. The plan is expected to assist AGL's
purchase of Southern Hydro.

Productivity Commission takes a look at waste efficiency
The Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, has announced that the Productivity Commission will investigate Australia's
high level of waste and rubbish creation. The Commission is to recommend policies to encourage greater household
recycling and reduce the use of non-reusable packaging.




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Bernard Wonder becomes Head of Office of the Productivity Commission
Bernie Wonder has joined the Productivity Commission as its Head of Office, he was previously Deputy Secretary
of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry with a focus on land and water resource management,
fisheries and forestry.

The Climate Institute
The Climate Institute was launched in late October with Bob Carr, former NSW Premier, taking on the role of
chairman. The Institute is to be funded by a $10 million grant from the Poola Foundation.

ACCC says Sydney Councils can collectively tender with waste management providers
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted interim authorisation to a group of Sydney
Councils to collectively tender for the provis ion of waste management services for waste collected during 'Council
clean ups'. The councils covered by the decision are Botany Bay City Council, Hurstville City Council, Kogarah
Council, Sutherland Shire Council, Waverly Council and Woollahra Council. The City of Sydney and Canterbury
Councils may participate at a later date.

Energy Security
The Federal Government is calling for an urgent review of energy security. Minister Ian MacFarlane was quoted by
the AFR as saying that ongoing high oil prices, terrorism, and the Katrina effect were "injecting hesitation in terms
of future investment and production".

Add climate change to the list as well and the time is nigh for a complete overhaul of the energy white paper.

New EBA Members
Warren Kalinko

Warren Kalinko is a commercial and environmental lawyer and has worked with Mallesons Stephen
Jaques in project finance and commercial law for several years. Until recently, Warren was a legal advisor
to the NSW Government on “BASIX”.

Warren’s principal project is with Filtra Limited, a growth company commercialising a revolutionary
liquid-solid separation technology.

Contact details
Warren Kalinko, Chief Executive- International Water Centre, 24 George Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Tel: 0413 357 473, Fax 02 8962 2689, Email: wkalinko@fittralimited.com.au

News from EBA Members
Pacific Hydro addresses the so called “subsidisation” of emerging energy industries.

The Editor
Australian Financial Review
8 November 2005

Over the last week the Financial Review has run a number of articles relating to the viability of wind
energy and the so called “subsidisation” of these emerging industries.

What the Financial Review should also recognise that no energy business in Australia has ever been
established without sub stantial regulatory support from Government. To cite just a few examples; all
coal-fired power stations were originally government-owned and financed; the oil refining industry was
based on the Commonwealth Oil Refineries Act; every miner, farmer and off-shore oil producer receives

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the diesel fuel rebate; the North West Shelf LNG Project pays is exempted from the Resource Rent Tax;
and the LPG industry has enjoyed excise- free status for 30 years.

Governments around the world, recognise the need to deploy less greenhouse intensive energy generation.
Currently, the least-cost, zero emission technology for electricity in Australia is wind. International trends
show us that wind energy can compete against fossil fuel generation once the costs of CO2 emissions are
priced appropriately.

Wind energy technology is proven, it is immediately available and every time a generator turns, electricity
is generated with absolutely zero emissions. Because Australia is yet to follow the lead of the developed
world in implementing market based measures to reduce CO2 emissions from power generation, wind
energy is currently more expensive than base- load coal. As a result it is only viable in the short term with
government or regulatory support.

It is in this context that the Victorian State Government should be congratulated, not criticised by the
Financial Review for their announcement last week. If it wasn’t for such support, we wouldn’t have the
car manufacturing, LNG, LPG, aluminium or coal industries in Australia. The State Government
recognises the enormous employment benefits that these industries and now the wind industry deliver to
our economy and are right to support them.

Wind is Australia’s largest under-utilised energy resource. Like those energy industries that came before
it, wind power deserves to become Australia’s next export driven comparative advantage.

Rob Grant
Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Hydro Limited


BP Australia
BP Australia is continuing to increase the outlets for its brand of ethanol blended fuel E10 in order to
lower vehicle emissions. E10 is a high quality, regular unleaded petrol blended with up to 10% renewable
ethanol. Introducing the product to Canberra recently the company is working with the Australian
Government to deliver on their bio-fuels target.

News from the QLD EBA Chapter
Opportunity to promote yourself in Queensland
EBA Queensland has been asked to provide an editorial for the Queensland Government Project and
Development Review profiling the Queensland Environment Industry and providing case studies on
benchmark sustainable developments. This will be published in early December and if you would like to
profile your business in this editorial please contact me before the end of November. fiona@tbati.com.au 07
5447 0421

Upcoming events
1st December 1.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. workshop hosted by Environment Institute of Australia and New
Zealand on Can industry be sustainable within the current scope and intent of the Environmental
Protection Act 1994? Fiona Waterhouse, EBA's QLD President will speak on 'The environmental
interests of industry'. To attend contact Danielle Bolton email: seq@eianz.org or Tel: 07 3023 6188

1st December Australian Green Development Forum Christmas Networking Function, Fiona Waterhouse
will speaking on whether CSR and sustainability are fuelling a new generation of investors and
entrepreneurs and what implications this might have the for the urban development sector. To attend
contact Jennifer Rudd email: business@agdf.org.au or Tel:07 3846 5499

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Date to be confirmed in December – EBA will co-host a Department of State Development and
Innovation workshop on the Sunshine Coast Environment Industry Action Plan.

Representation Activities
EBA's representation activities in Queensland are highly active. If you would like a voice in any of these
areas please contact Queensland Chapter President Fiona Waterhouse:

Department of State Development, Trade and Innovation - ongoing support with initiatives such as the
current survey of the environmental goods and services sector and the development of an environment
Industry Action Plan including planning for and co hosting a workshop on the Sunshine Coast in
December 2005.

Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport and Recreation – discussions continuing on the
roll out the Greywater reuse forum throughout regional centres in conjunction with events being held by
the new Building Codes Queensland team.

Department of Natural Resources and Mines and Environmental Protection Agency - ongoing
liaison concerning water efficiency and other solutions, feedback on policies and regulatory amendments
and active membership of the Queensland Water Efficiency Taskforce. Presenting case study on
challenges with making industrial water reuse a reality to QWET in February 2006.

Queensland Studies Authority - member of the Social and Environmental Studies Syllabus Advisory
Committee next meeting December 2005.

Local Government Association of Queensland – Advisory committee for the development of Green
Purchasing Program for Local Government in Queensland which developed a business plan for the roll out
of a green purchasing program throughout Queensla nd in 2006.

Queensland’s Policy News
On the 1st November 2005 Minister for the Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women,
Desley Boyle took part in a tree planting ceremony officially marking the start of construction of a new
sustainable house being built at Seventeen Mile Rocks, in Brisbane's western suburbs. Under the
Sustainable Homes program more than 15 display homes will be built across Queensland, before being
open to the public to showcase sustainable design features. For more information on sustainable housing,
visit the EPA website at www.epa.qld.gov.au or the Smart Housing website
www.smarthousing.qld.gov.au.

Further information on the Sustainable Homes project is available at www.sustainable-homes.org.au.Al
Queensland members are urged to contact Queensland Chapter President, Fiona Waterhouse with news, feedback, suggestions or further information on any of
the above items. Fiona can be contacted on sfs@tbati.com.au or 07 5447 0421 or 0405 105


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consulting services across the petroleum, chemical, industrial, agricultural and mining sectors. Their
capabilities include waste management, contaminated land assessment & remediation, environmental
management, engineering design, construction management and project management.

The NSW State Manager will be responsible for revenue growth, office profitability, staff management &
development, client relationship development and service delivery. The role will also retain a hands-on
project delivery element.

We seek expressions of interest from experienced consulting business managers or individuals who are
ready to step up into such a role. It is envisaged you will have a relevant tertiary qualification (possible
post graduate qualifications) and a minimum of ten years environmental/engineering consulting
experience.

Please forward your resume 'in confidence' (quoting SWEBA1009) to:
swhite@principalconsulting.com.au or call Scott for a confidentia l discussion on 1300-362-643.

Contaminated Land Consultants/Project Managers – Australia wide locations
Principal Consulting Group are recruitment facilitators, specialising in engineering, science, and
management disciplines within the water, planning and environmental sectors. We have strong
relationships with many of the most highly regarded employers in these sectors; companies where you can
really develop your career!

A number of leading consultancies require Contaminated Land Consultants and Project Managers.
Opportunities exist in most Australian cities and at various levels.

Principal seek expressions of interest from individuals with relevant tertiary qualifications and hands-on
commercial environmental consulting experience across some or all of the following areas: contaminated
land assessment, remediation, contaminated site audit support, waste management, environmental
management and project management.

Key responsibilities will include the delivery of environmental projects, client liaison, writing proposals,
project management and report writing.

An attractive salary package will be offered commensurate with the skills and experience of the candidate.
Please forward your resume 'in confidence' (quoting SWEBA0902) to: swhite@principalconsulting.com.au or
call Scott for a confidential discussion on 1300-362-643.

Senior Process Engineer-Wastewater, Regional Victoria
Principal Consulting Group are recruitment facilitators, specialising in engineering, science, and
management disciplines within the water, planning and environmental sectors. We have strong
relationships with many of the most highly regarded employers in these sectors; companies where you can
really develop your career!

An excellent opportunity exists for a Senior Process Engineer to take the next step in their career and
become part of our client’s strategic operations management team, servicing an EP of over 2 million.
Utilising leading edge anaerobic and tertiary treatment processes the successful incumbent will play an
integral role in ensuring wastewater collection and treatment facilitates continue to meet industry best
practise now and in the future. As the key technical specialist the candidate will provide advice to field

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operations, review treatment performance, provide strategic advice to senior management and manage
treatment processes to ensure the business is able to effectively respond to its customer needs.

We are interested in hearing from tertiary qualified candidates who have extensive experience in the water
industry, with a focus on wastewater treatment and collection systems. Strong technical knowledge of
operation, maintenance and design of wastewater collection and treatment facilities is required. Excellent
communication skills are essential as the incumbent will be required to liaise with external consultants,
clients and industry associations in addition to the internal advice/support to field operations.

An attractive salary package will be offered commensurate with level of experience of the candidate.
Please forward your resume 'in confidence' (quoting LBEBA0710) to:
lisa.barham@principalconsulting.com.au or call Lisa for a confidential discussion on 1300-722-991.

Senior Water Systems Engineer – Regional Victoria
Principal Consulting Group are recruitment facilitators, specialising in engineering, science, and
management disciplines within the water, planning and environmental sectors. We have strong
relationships with many of the most highly regarded employers in these sectors; companies where you can
really develop your career!

Our client, a leading Victorian Water Authority requires a Senior Water Systems Engineer to play a key
role in ensuring the organisation continues to meet the current and future needs of its clients. Managing a
small team, the position will cover the key areas of system analysis, forward planning and asset
management.

We are interested in hearing from tertiary qualified candidates who have substantial experience in urban
water supply, sewerage master planning and network modelling. Knowledge of computer based water and
sewerage reticulation models and management is required, with excellent report writing and
communication skills mandatory.

An attractive salary package will be offered commensurate with level of experience of the candidate. Please
forward your resume 'in confidence' (quoting LBEBA1002) to:
lisa.barham@principalconsulting.com.au or call Lisa for a confidential discussion on 1300-722-991.

Lead Occupational Hygienist - Melbourne
Principal Consulting Group are recruitment facilitators, specialising in engineering, science, and
management disciplines within the water, planning and environmental sectors. We have strong
relationships with many of the most highly regarded employers in these sectors; companies where you can
really develop your career!

We are working closely with a multi-disciplined consulting group who are looking to continue the growth
of their environmental consulting practice with the strategic hire of a Lead Occupational Hygienist.
Responsibilities will include client development and management of projects across all occupational
hygiene areas. There is the opportunity to lead and develop a consulting business line as part of a larger
consulting group.

Candidates should possess the necessary qualifications for professional membership of the AIOH along
with practical experience delivery Occupational Hygiene projects that will include asbestos, air quality,
noise, OHS audits and management systems, hazardous substances and risk management.

An attractive salary package will be offered commensurate with level of experience of the candidate.
Please forward your resume 'in confidence' (quoting SWEBA0907) to:
swhite@principalconsulting.com.au or call Scott for a confidential discussion on 1300-362-643.



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Environmental Scientist (Consulting)- Queensland
Principal Consulting Group are recruitment facilitators, specialising in engineering, science, and
management disciplines within the water, planning and environmental sectors. We have strong
relationships with many of the most highly regarded employers in these sectors; companies where you can
really develop your career!

We are currently working with an international consulting group who are looking to recruit an experienced
Environmental Scientist to join their environmental management and planning group. With work covering
ecological surveys, EIS and planning approvals, environmental management systems, auditing,
contaminated site rehabilitation, monitoring and reporting, this opportunity offers variety working across a
number of industry sectors.

We seek expressions of interest from tertiary qualified individuals who have majored in a Science
discipline. Experience in undertaking environmental impact assessments including flora and fauna
identification is required along with a sound knowledge of environmental legislation and the government
approval processes. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are mandatory.

An attractive salary package will be offered commensurate with level of experience of the candidate.
Please forward your resume 'in confidence' (quoting LBEBA1005) to:
lisa.barham@principalconsulting.com.au or call Lisa for a confidential discussion on 1300-722-991.

Senior Strategic Planner/Environmental Planner- Melbourne
Principal Consulting Group are recruitment facilitators, specialising in engineering, science, and
management disciplines within the water, planning and environmental sectors. We have strong
relationships with many of the most highly regarded employers in these sectors; companies where you can
really develop your career!

This position offers an excellent career opportunity with a multi-disciplined consulting group managing
and delivering a number of strategic and environmental planning projects along with client relationship
management.

We are interested in hearing from people who have experience managing multi disciplined planning
projects within the Australian market. Experience as a commercial consultant or at a senior level in a
government agency will be highly regarded. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are
essential.
An attractive salary package will be offered commensurate with level of experience of the candidate.
Please forward your resume 'in confidence' (quoting SWEBA0906) to: swhite@principalconsulting.com.au or
call Scott for a confidential discussion on 1300-362-643.

Senior Project Manager, Contaminated Land-Melbourne
Principal Consulting Group are recruitment facilitators, specialising in engineering, science, and
management disciplines within the water, planning and environmental sectors. We have strong
relationships with many of the most highly regarded employers in these sectors; companies where you can
really develop your career!
We are currently working with a leading consultancy that is looking to make the strategic hire of a Senior
Project Manager - Contaminated Land. Key responsibilities will include the delivery of environmental
projects, client liaison and development, writing proposals, project management and report writing.
We seek expressions of interest from individuals with relevant tertiary qualifications and hands-on
commercial environmental consulting experience across contaminated land assessment & remediation.
The candidate should be experienced in project leadership and management, client relationship
management and possess a strong technical capability.

An attractive salary package will be offered commensurate with the skills and experience of the candidate.

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Please forward your resume 'in confidence' (quoting SWEBA0901) to:swhite@principalconsulting.com.au or
call Scott for a confidential discussion on 1300-362-643.

Senior Hydrologist - Melbourne
Principal Consulting Group are recruitment facilitators, specialising in engineering, science, and
management disciplines within the water, planning and environmental sectors. We have strong
relationships with many of the most highly regarded employers in these sectors; companies where you can
really develop your career!

We currently have an opportunity with a leading consulting group who are looking to strengthen their
water resource capabilities with the strategic hire of a Senior Hydrologist to provide consulting services to
a wide range of clients.

We are interested in hearing from individuals with extensive hydrology experience who have the
capabilities to manage and deliver consulting projects to external clients. Experience with managing client
relationships and leading more junior staff will be highly regarded.

An attractive salary package will be offered commensurate with the skills and experience of the candidate.
Please forward your resume 'in confidence' (quoting SWEBA0706) to: swhite@principalconsulting.com.au or
call Scott for a confidential discussion on 1300-362-643.

Contaminated Land Team Leader Adelaide
Principal Consulting Group are recruitment facilitators, specialising in engineering, science, and
management disciplines within the water, planning and environmental sectors. We have strong
relationships with many of the most highly regarded employers in these sectors; companies where you can
really develop your career!
We are currently working with a leading consultancy that requires a Team Leader for their Contaminated
Land Group. We seek expressions of interest from individuals with relevant tertiary qualifications and
hands-on commercial environmental consulting experience across some or all of the following areas:
contaminated land assessment & remediation, waste management, environmental management and project
management.

Key responsibilities will include client development and management, team leadership and mentoring,
managing the delivery of environmental projects, writing proposals, project management, and report
writing.
An attractive salary package will be offered commensurate with the skills and experience of the candidate.
Please forward your resume 'in confidence' (quoting SWEBA0905) to:
swhite@principalconsulting.com.au or call Scott for a confidential discussion on 1300-362-643.



Civil Water Engineers – Consulting (Vic & Qld)
Principal Consulting Group are recruitment facilitators, specialising in engineering, science, and
management disciplines within the water, planning and environmental sectors. We have strong
relationships with many of the most highly regarded emp loyers in these sectors; companies where you can
really develop your career!

We have opportunities in Victoria and Queensland with major engineering consultancies and various
water authorities for civil design and project engineers with practical experience in the water sector.
Opportunities exist to provide consulting services to a range of clients across areas including: drainage,
flooding, stream flows, irrigation, hydraulics, waterway design/re-design, water supply, water reclamation,
waste water and hydrology.



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We seek expressions of interest from tertiary qualified individuals who have practical civil engineering
experience with water related projects. Strong communication skills are essential and an attractive
remuneration package is negotiable depending on experience.

Please forward your resume 'in confidence' (quoting LBEBA0707) to:
lisa.barham@principalconsulting.com.au or call Lisa for a confidential discussion on 1300-722-991.

Majo r Projects Engineers - Water
Principal Consulting Group are recruitment facilitators, specialising in engineering, science, and
management disciplines within the water, planning and environmental sectors. We have strong
relationships with many of the most highly regarded employers in these sectors; companies where you can
really develop your career!

We currently have opportunities with a leading Victorian Regional Water Authority within their Major
Projects Group. As a Major Projects Engineer you will be responsible for the delivery of capital works
projects across the authority, managing external consultants and working closely within the wider
community.

We are interested in hearing from individuals who are experienced project engineers within the water
industry. The incumbent is expected to possess a relevant tertiary qualification and have experience in
contract management and project management of water related infrastructure. Excellent communication
and inter-personal skills are essential.

An attractive salary package will be offered commensurate with your level of experience.
Please forward your resume 'in confidence' (quoting LBEBA0501) to:
lisa.barham@principalconsulting.com.au or call Lisa for a confidential discussion on 1300-722-991.

Transport Planning Teal Leader - Melbourne
Principal Consulting Group are recruitment facilitators, specialising in engineering, science, and
management disciplines within the water, planning and environmental sectors. We have strong
relationships with many of the most highly regarded employers in these sectors; companies where you can
really develop your career!

We currently have an opportunity with a leading consulting group who are looking to strengthen their
transport planning group with the strategic hire of a team leader. Key responsibilities will include the
delivery of strategic transport planning projects, client relationship management/development and leading
and mentoring team members.

We are interested in hearing from individuals with extensive transport planning experience who have the
capabilities to manage and deliver consulting projects to external clients. Candidates should possess
experience in some or all of the following areas: detailed transport modelling, state/city/town transport
reviews, pedestrian planning, traffic engineering or transport economics.

An attractive salary package will be offered commensurate with the skills and experience of the candidate.
Please forward your resume 'in confidence' (quoting LBEBA0903) to:
lisa.barham@principalconsulting.com.au or call Lisa for a confidential discussion on 1300-722-991.
For information regarding Principal please visit: www.principalconsulting.com.au

Earthwatch
Earthwatch is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the Australian organisation. Details from Spencer Stuart -
tel: 03 9654 2155 or email melb@spencerstuart.com




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CEDA
CEDA is seeking a Chief Executive Officer. Details from John Allen at John D.C. Allen & Associates tel: 03 9909
7600 or email jallen@jdcallen.com.au

The Climate Institute
The Climate Institute is seeking an Executive Directors. For information call Dr Clive Hamilton, Executive Chair,
Climate Institute tel: 02 6125 1270

The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT)
The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) is seeking a Chief Operating Officer. For information visit the
Kathleen Townsend website www.kathleentownsend.com.au


International Career Opportunities
Environmental Manager
   • Champion environmental stewardship
   • Industry leading approach to urban sustainability
   • Partnering regulators

The Environmental Manager at Metrowater has one of the most challenging and satisfying roles in the
industry. It takes a committed and talented professional to take accountability for one of the cornerstone
functions of the organisation

You will have a wide brief, working with a committed team and cross-functionally across the company.
Key responsibilities include

*       Leading the Environment team
*       Stakeholder relationship management, including the ARC, network operators, local community
*       Environmental compliance, incident management, system development and management
*       Government and regulatory affairs
*       Resource consent management

This is a role well suited to a senior professional with extensive experience in
resource management, compliance and environmental management. Experience in managing complex
projects that need to meet regulatory standards as well as
the needs of multiple stakeholders is essential.

If you believe that you have the leadership qualities to be an internal and
external champion of urban sustainability and environmental management, we would be delighted to hear
from you.

Metrowater is Auckland’s water and wastewater utility, committed to providing outstanding service to our
customers. We are focussed on providing outstanding customer service, operational excellence, urban
sustainability, industry leadership, and supporting an internal culture of learning and growth.

For further information on the above position please visit www.sheffield.co.nz or phone Michelle Tod on
09 377 3119. To apply, please email your CV to cvakl@sheffield.co.nz quoting reference number 40262.
Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email. Closing date:
Friday 18th November 2005.




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Seeking employment

Marisa Meizlish researched and wrote EBA’s recently published discussion paper Australia’s Choice.
She has just completed her Masters of Environmental Management (University of New South Wales –
High Distinction) where she focused on corporate sustainability and marine resources management and
received training as an environmental auditor (certified RABQSA Associate Environmental Auditor) and
project manager. As the masters is a broad-based and transdisciplinary degree, Marisa is now looking
forward to continuing in these areas or applying her strong understanding of economics and ecology
toward other sustainability issues. Other recent work experience has included EC Sustainable
Environmental Consultants, where Marisa contributed to client-based waste minimisation projects,
including writing and implementing an Environmental Management System, conducting a cleaner
production assessment and writing grant and tender proposals.

Marisa’s background is in broadcast journalism and public relations. She managed global corporate PR
accounts in New York City before moving to Australia, which involved aligning clients’ strategic goals
with outcome-oriented campaigns and projects, managing budgets and resources, mentoring teams and
reporting to senior executives, as well as general communications activities, such as writing strategic
communications plans, press releases, CEO scripts and speeches, articles and white papers.

As a strong communicator with experience in environmental management tools and strategies, Marisa is
now interested in finding work that allows her to combine these varied skills and hopefully work in a team
environment where she can learn and be mentored, as well as contribute to projects or on-going
campaigns. Both long-term and project-based or part-time opportunities are of interest.

Contact details: Marisa Meizlish [marisameizlish@yahoo.com]

Events


          DATE               CITY                  EVENT
                                                   Click event to link to event website

          November
          26-30              Bonn Germany          World Renewable Energy Forum – email
                                                   info@wcre.org
          28                 Auckland              Introduction to groundwater modelling
                                                   introduction to groundwater chemistry
          29                 Melbourne             Cleantech Forum, Sofitel Hotel
                                                   www.cleantechforum.com

          28-29              Palais des Congrès de COP 11 and COP/MOP 1
                             Montréal
          December 2005
          1                  Queensland            EIANZ Workshop
                                                   Can industry be sustainable within the current
                                                   scope and intent of the Environmental
                                                   Protection ACT 1994? Email seq@eianz.org

          1                  Queensland            Australian GREE Development Forum
                                                   Email business@agdf.org.au


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             12-17                 University of NSW          30th Australian groundwater school
             March 2006
             28-31                 Coffs Harbour              WASTE2006
                                                              www.impactenviro.com.au/waste2006
             April 2006            Goteborg Sweden            Dynamics of Urban Transport Development
             May 2006
             8 -11                 Melbourne                  ENVIRO 2006 conference & exhibition
                                                              www.enviroaust.net
                                   Melbourne                  4th Mayors Asia Pacific Environmental
                                                              Summit; Envir0 06




Reference
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Please contact Robyn Kennedy at the EBA secretariat for advertising rates on 02 6270 1333 or email
eba@environmentbusiness.com.au Deadline for articles 20th of each month.

Disclaimer: This Newsletter is only for general information and is not to be taken as a substitute for specific advice. We accept
no responsibility for any person who acts on the contents of this newsletter without consultation with us.




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