National Acid Sulfate Soils Short Courses

 

Places are now available for a National Acid Sulfate Soils Guidance - Identification and Assessment Professional Short Course to be held on the Gold Coast in March 2021. The course includes a series of presentations from leading academics and practitioners, practical exercises examining real-life examples and a field excursion to local acid sulfate soil sites.

The training program has been designed to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to assess acid sulfate soils in a variety of landscapes. Participants should note the course is specifically designed for professionals with at least a basic understanding of the issue.

 

Field trip during the National Acid Sulfate Soils Short Course in March 2019Field trip during the National Acid Sulfate Soils Short Course in March 2019

In March, Southern Cross GeoScience and the Environmental Analysis Laboratory presented a Professional Acid Sulfate Soil Short Course. The first course since 2015, it incorporated the latest national assessment guidance published last year by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (http://waterquality.gov.au/issues/acid-sulfate-soils).

The course was led by Dr Nick Ward and Graham Lancaster, co-authors of some of the national guidance documents. Additional presenters from SCU included Professor Ed Burton, Nadia Toppler, Dr Dave Morand, Dr Niloofar Karimian, Michael Wood and Dr Mark Rosicky.

More than 30 participants from around Australia including Victoria, Western Australia and Northern Territory were in attendance; participants from as far as South Australia and New Zealand are expected to attend the next course in July. There were extensive discussions amongst the participants from state and local governments, private companies and analytical laboratories.

The training program followed the five stages required in a full acid sulfate soil investigation process. The field excursion visited Robert Quirk’s well-known and studied cane farm at McLeods Creek and the Minjungbal Nature Reserve in Tweed Heads.

The two day course includes lectures, a practical exercise, a field excursion, morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunches. The training course is designed for professionals such as consultants, engineers, contractors, scientists, environmental officers, and planners who regularly deal with acid sulfate soils during development. It is designed to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to assess acid sulfate soils in a variety of landscapes.

All profits from the course will fund new postgraduate students at Southern Cross GeoScience. The first two PhD scholarships to be funded by the course will be advertised in the near future.

While the next Tweed Heads short course in July is almost full, another course has been scheduled for 21–22 November. For further details including an outline of the course, please visit the following link: Short Course

What did participants say about the Short Course in March 2019?

“Excellent content, knowledge and experience - loved it! Well done - will be recommending to colleagues.”

“The enthusiastic presenters. Very knowledgeable presenters. Mix of delegates and networking opportunity.”

“Overall a great course. Glad I came. I will recommend it to others.”

“Quality technical and practical course.”

Dr Nick Ward presenting a lecture National Acid Sulfate Soils Short CourseDr Nick Ward presenting a lecture at the National Acid Sulfate Soils Short Course
Image: Professor Ed Burton

National Acid Sulfate Soils Short Courses Perth Field trip February 2020Soil sampling at Spoonbill Reserve, Stirling

Between 20 and 21 February, Southern Cross GeoScience and the Environmental Analysis Laboratory, in collaboration with the Western Australian Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), presented a Professional Acid Sulfate Soil Short Course in Perth. The first course in Western Australia since 2015, it incorporated the latest national assessment guidance published in 2018 by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The course was led by Dr Nick Ward, Dr Steve Appleyard and Graham Lancaster, co-authors of some of the national guidance documents. Additional presenters included Nadia Toppler (SCU and  a co-author of the national guidance documents), Dr Bill Richmond (DWER), Brad Palmer (Galt Environmental), Daniel Rajah (City of Stirling), Dr Karen Mackenzie (Land & Water Consulting), James Gibson (Western Environmental) and Kurt Blackman (RPS). Twenty five participants from around Western Australia were in attendance including participants from state and local governments, and private environmental consulting and mining companies.

The training program followed the five stages required in a full acid sulfate soil investigation process, together with case studies provided by local environmental consultants. The field investigation process was discussed during a field excursion to the well-known acid sulfate soil site of Spoonbill Reserve in the Perth suburb of Stirling; an overview of the management of the site was given by Daniel Rajah (City of Stirling).

The two day course includes lectures, a practical exercise, a field excursion, morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunches. The training course is designed for professionals such as consultants, engineers, contractors, scientists, environmental officers, and planners who regularly deal with acid sulfate soils during development. It is designed to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to assess acid sulfate soils in a variety of landscapes.

All profits from the course fund new postgraduate students at Southern Cross GeoScience. 

The next course is scheduled for 13–14 August on the Gold Coast. For further details including an outline of the course, please visit the following link: Short Course

What did participants say about the Short Course in February 2020?

“Great presenters that made everything easy to understand.”

“Presenters were well educated and knowledgeable on ASS but were good at communicating the science and legislation. I originally thought it was a bit expensive but after attending the course it is good value for money!”

“Having people from labs, unis, regulators and consultants made for many different views which was helpful. The calculations were also very useful!”

“I 100% got what I came for thank you.”

National Acid Sulfate Soils Short Courses Perth Field trip February 2020Iron staining at Spoonbill Reserve, Stirling

National Acid Sulfate Soils Short Courses Perth Field trip February 2020 Perth Short Course presenters and participants