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The Australasian Land and Groundwater Association will recognise the best in contaminated land and groundwater management in Australia and New Zealand at ecoforum/SustRem 2023.

Congratulations to all the Finalists! The winners will be announced at the Conference Dinner on Thursday 12th October.

Award: Sustainable Remediation Project Recognition. Congratulations to the Finalists: 

  • Department of Defence – Robertson Barracks Sustainable Remediation Design and Delivery - Ventia

  • Jackson Place Remediation - GHD, Ward Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Client and stakeholder acceptance - the key to (more) sustainable remediation - GHD, Development WA

Award: John Pym Excellence in Remediation Engineering. Congratulations to the Finalists: 

  • Dr Peter Nadebaum, GHD

  • Demolition and Remediation of the Hydro Aluminium Kurri Kurri Smelter - A New Standard in Remediation Engineering, Ramboll Australia Pty Ltd, CMA Contracting Pty Ltd

  • Wynyard Wharf Remediation Project, Liberty Industrial 

Award: Sustainable Remediation
Project Recognition

This category applies to a contaminated site management policy or strategy and/or design project finalised within the last 3 years in Australia or New Zealand.

The Award will go to the entry that in the view of the judges best demonstrates: 

  1. How the principles of sustainable remediation were considered in the planning of the approach; and 

  2. How social, environmental and economic indicators were selected and considered; and

  3. Evidence that stakeholder views have been considered and acted on where practicable.


Nominees may wish to reference procedures set out in Australian Standard AS ISO 18504: 2022 Soil Quality – Sustainable Remediation (or International Standard ISO 18504: 2017) in their submissions.

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Award: John Pym Excellence in Remediation Engineering 

This category applies to a project finalised within the last 2 calendar years (2021 - 2023) in Australia and in New Zealand.

This Award honours the legacy of John Pym, Engineer and Director, Homebush Olympic site remediation, 1989-2000.

The John Pym Excellence in Remediation Engineering Award is open to engineers who have achieved the highest standards with respect to the planning and design of a remediation project, and/or have been responsible for its execution. Evidence of systematic and detailed method development must be provided in the case of planning and design. With respect to execution, the nominee must provide evidence of alignment between the remediation planning and design and the project as executed. The nominee can select any specific aspect of a remediation activity that reflects alignment with all or some of these activities. The size of the project, either with respect to scale or financial cost is not relevant. What will be assessed is the capacity of the nominee to prepare a cost-effective, safe and innovative approach that reflects a best practice to problem solving and project delivery. 

For the purposes of this Award, best practice means the best combination of eco-efficient techniques, methods, processes or technologies used in site remediation that demonstrably minimises the environmental impacts of emissions in contaminated site remediation. Remediation Engineering refers to the development and execution of engineering plans and methods to decontaminate or make safe, contaminated land and /or groundwater.

The Award will go to the entry that in the view of the judges best demonstrates:

Contribution to technical knowledge and contracting processes  

  • Qualifications and significant experience in the design and / or execution of remediation engineering projects.

  • Application of an inter-disciplinary approach to development and / or implementation of remediation engineering solutions.

  • Capacity to identify and apply prior knowledge to remediation engineering solutions through a systematic approach to remediation engineering solution development and / or implementation.

  • Consideration of uncertainties associated with remediation engineering solutions and their management

  • Consideration of the requirements for post-remediation management if applicable in developing remediation engineering solutions.

  • Inclusion of health and safety principles in the development and/or execution of the remediation engineering solutions.

  • Consideration of sustainability in the development and/or execution of remediation engineering solutions.

  • Effectiveness in achieving best practice outcomes.

Contribution to the Profession  

  • Contribution to developing the field of remediation engineering through exercising leadership, team building, participation in relevant industry associations and/or mentoring less experienced engineers.

  • Application of curiosity and imagination to a remediation project.

Contribution to the local community

  • Identification of, and engagement with stakeholders in the development and/or implementation of the remediation engineering solutions.

Contribution to the enhancement of the natural environment

  • Identification of environmental values.

  • Inclusion of the protection of environmental values within a remediation project.

Entry Information

  1. All entries must address the Award Criteria to the extent practicable and be backed by appropriate quantitative evidence.

  2. All entries must be completed in the Abstract Template available HERE

  3. In the event of joint entries please list all organisations that should be recognised on the Award if successful.

  4. If entering an Award in more than one category, the entry must be tailored to match the relevant category's criteria.

  5. Please ensure that all your material is clearly labeled with the Award category number/s you would like it to be entered into.

  6. Submission and or nomination entry/s are to be sent via the submission portal for distribution to the judges. The entry is to be limited to a maximum of 10,000 characters and up to 10 graphics (e.g. images, diagrams, charts) succinctly covering all the required criteria in the category.

  7. The entry must apply to a project/individual practicing within Australia and/or New Zealand.

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