The laboratory participates in regular proficiency testing programs with Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council (ASPAC) and National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) as well as performing its own internal auditing procedures.
The laboratory has the following major analytical instruments installed:
IRIS Intrepid II XDL Dual View Inductively Coupled Plasma
Responsibilities and Achievements
Certified Practising Agriculturalist with specific expertise in soil management in agricultural land use planning, salinity and sodicity issues and fertiliser requirements. Key achievements include recognition by agriculturalists of technical competence in measuring soil chemical properties and recommending ameliorating strategies.
Environmental Engineer with practical and technical expertise in water and wastewater management, soil resource management and environmental issues related to environmental assessments, effluent reuse projects and biosolids management. Key achievements in recent projects with Armidale Dumaresq Council in relation to effluent and biosolids reuse, providing ongoing assessment for Guyra Shire Council for conformance to licence conditions and numerous reuse projects for small packaged treatment works for coastal developments.
Prepare environmental investigations, air and water quality monitoring and assessments, storm water runoff effects on groundwater and surface waters, surface water quality relationships and potable water supply investigations. Key achievement is recognition of expertise in irrigation projects in relation to salinity, sodicity and nutrient relationships. Provide technical advice to Councils and developers in relation to irrigation of effluent onto large scale developments, including dairy wastewater, piggery wastewater and municipal effluent.
Prepare on-site wastewater management plans to meet environmental constraints and comply with state and national guidelines for traditional septic tank systems, aerated wastewater treatment systems, composting toilets, sand filters, evaporation beds and other treatment systems. Key achievement is recognition by local government and peers of specific expertise in on-site systems, these include preparing plans for individual dwellings as well as large subdivisions. Provide expert evidence to Land & Environment Court hearings related to on-site wastewater management for small and medium scale developments.
Provide training to professionals in on-site wastewater management in courses with others (1995 to present) and those run under the Lanfax Labs banner. Developed and offer a course on "Practical Implementation of AS/NZS 1547: on-site domestic wastewater management".
Monitor groundwater projects including assessments in relation to irrigation projects, protection of groundwater resources, nutrient monitoring programs and hydrogeological planning issues.
Provide advice to Local Government and industry in relation to soil nutrient balances. Key achievements have been projects on-going consulting to Armidale Dumaresq Council with respect to effluent re-use.
Responsible for the interpretation of all analytical results, liaison with the clients and development of strategies to meet their requirements.
Completed acid sulphate soils proficiency testing under the coordination of ASSMAC Technical Committee's. Completed Acid Sulphate soil course with Southern Cross University, 2012
Maintain technical competence through proficiency testing programs with Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council and National Association of Testing Authorities. Key achievement is maintaining high level of proficiency and competence in soil and water analysis.
Research interests in chemical interactions in domestic wastewater generation and treatment. Key achievement has been recognition as a leader in understanding wastewater chemistry in relation to household chemical use, presented papers internationally on this field and provide unique website for dissemination of the information freely to the public.
Research project under the NSW Department of Local Government's Septic Safe Research Program to investigate the changes to wastewater chemistry as a function of daily water use and in-house chemical use. Key achievement has been recognition by Government of expertise in salinity and sodicity issues and preparing technical papers for the NSW Department of Local Government.
Responsible for numerous research projects related to drinking water quality across northern NSW, surface and groundwater quality monitoring. Key achievements have been publication of specific data demonstrating the variable quality of drinking water and effects of natural and induced chemicals on the environmental quality of these waters.
Provide technical expertise and representation as part of a team at public meetings, commissions of enquiry, for individuals, business organisations, community and resident action groups. Key achievements have been in areas where pressure has brought about reviews to planning issues for major highway diversions, flooding issues, wetlands, land acquisition, land use zoning and mining.
Member of Armidale Dumaresq Council's Floodplain Management Committee (1999-2001), Member of Armidale Dumaresq Council's Landfill Community Consultative Committee for the life of that committee (2003/04), member of Armidale Dumaresq Council's Waste Management Committee (2004-2010 )
Chair of the Northern Group of the Newcastle Division of Engineers Australia (2005 -2006). Representative Engineers Australia Newcastle Division Committee (2013-2016); Representative Engineers Australia Regional Special Interest Group (2015-2016)
Prepared technical publications on sodicity, salinity and evapotranspiration systems for NSW Department of Local Government.
Author of "Soil Capability for On-site Wastewater Management", a training manual for on-site wastewater management professionals.
Conference Coordinator for On-site '99 (July 1999) and On-site '01 (Sept 2001), On-site '03, On-site '05 and On-site '07 - responsible for all facets of the five international conferences which attracted over 200 delegates to Armidale on each occasion. Senior technical editor of the technical sessions and editor of the published proceedings of the conferences. Key achievement has been the Australian and international standing of the conferences and the technical publication of papers for access by the on-site wastewater sector.
Technical editor for three Engineers Australia Regional Conventions - 2007, 2009 and 2011 - published by Engineers Australia (see Publications List).
Four years as Principal Staff Development Officer for PNG administrative field officers responsible for training in practical skills and in-service training. Key achievement was the development of a staff training centre in Madang, training of national training officers and production of a "Handbook for Field Officers".
Temporary and casual lecturing positions with University of New England (1982-1999) in disciplines of Geography, Hydrology, Soil Science, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Engineering and Ecosystem Management.
Casual lecturer for NSW Agriculture's Farm Management Course (1983-1997)with responsibility for teaching in practical soil assessment, aspects. Key achievement was the writing of "Soils and Their Management" a training manual published by NSW Agriculture.
Presented "Train the trainer" courses for industry in Armidale Region. Key achievement was the training of industry personnel in best management on-the-job training methods.
Team member teaching On-site wastewater management - involved since 1994 to present - responsible for soil component.
Reached position of District Officer (Clerk Class 9) with PNG Administration, responsible for management of Provincial Training Centre Madang as Officer-in-Charge