Guide for Creating Stakeholder Engagement Plans for Contaminated Sites in NSW
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The purpose of this step-by-step guide is to provide information that can be used to construct stakeholder engagement plans for contaminated sites within New South Wales (NSW). In addition, the guide can be used to provide advice and feedback on existing stakeholder engagement plans. Guide for Creating Stakeholder Engagement Plans for Contaminated Sites in NSW The purpose of this step-by-step guide is to provide information that can be used to construct stakeholder engagement plans for contaminated sites within New South Wales (NSW). In addition, the guide can be used to provide advice and feedback on existing stakeholder engagement plans. It has been estimated that more than 160,000 sites across Australia are polluted with as many as 75,000 different contaminants. A significant number of these sites are in New South Wales (NSW). Many people may be affected by, or interested in, these sites. These people include residents living near the site, landowners, officers from local government, or public health, environmental or other government regulatory authorities, and members of interest groups. It has become common practice within NSW to develop stakeholder engagement plans that assists with effectively engaging with these people who are affected by, or have an interested in, a contaminated site, and that specifies activities that will be implemented to manage or enhance engagement throughout the life of a contaminated site. “The EPA considers the guide, Step-by-Step Guide for Stakeholder Engagement for Contaminated Sites within NSW, prepared by the Institute for Sustainable Futures provides best practice guidance for contaminated land practitioners to understand and incorporate community perceptions of risk into the remediation planning process. While the EPA will not be approving the guide under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 it will refer parties it regulates to the guidance in addition to engagement guidance set out in the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure” (NSW EPA Correspondence, 2020). The guide was developed with the support of a range of organisations that address contaminated sites within the NSW context, including the NSW EPA, NSW local government, Cooperative Research Centre of Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, and the Australian Land and Groundwater Association. The guide was developed by a team led by Jason Prior of the Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS ISF), including Irena Connon and Dena Fam (UTS ISF), and Jon Adams and Erica McIntyre (UTS Faculty of Health). A project reference group provided guidance, advice and direction throughout the project. It consisted of representatives of NSW Environment Protection Authority, including Arminda Ryan, Holly Love, Joanna Graham, Jen Byrne, Carolina Olmos; the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association, including Barbara Campany; the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, including Bruce Kennedy; Bayside Council, including Judith Betts; and the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, including Kate Hannan. The reference group and acted as a ‘sounding board’ for the ideas and approaches that were proposed.
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