LEAP 2 - The Future

Published 16th February 19 12:00 AM

In June 2015, the SEQ Division held a two day forum focusing on the hurdles and a pathway forward for environmental Legislation, Environmental Approvals and Policy. Themes within the forum were selected based on their topical nature and relevance for environmental assessment, regulatory processes and major projects.

Following on from the success of this event, we invite you join your colleagues from around Australia to attend this Summit. We will again look at these key aspects that we work with every day, and, in addition, identify topical and relevant themes for the challenges we face in the areas of energy, renewable's and waste.

Prominent decision makers from proponents and government will look at the maze of navigating multiple state and federal legislations and question the balance between regulatory requirements and consultant recommendations as to how much information should go into an approval submission.

Join us to learn more about the industries that will be driving the Queensland economy for the foreseeable future – renewables and rail. Renewables projects are popping up all over the State at the moment and projects like Inland Rail and Cross River Rail are not too far down the track (pardon the pun!).

Not only will you learn more about these industries, but LEAP will have a practical flavour to allow you to understand the big picture and develop some new skills to take back to your workplace. At LEAP you will:

  • Gain insight into Australia’s future energy mix;
  • Hear what sustainable railways look like;
  • Participate in workshops on topics such as site selection, understanding project business cases and community engagement;
  • Listen to what the government expects from major projects;
  • Grasp the finer points of audits and project conditions; and
  • Master new skills in leadership.

This Summit will challenge your thinking, ignite your interest, enhance your toolkit and introduce you to new and old colleagues.


Day 1 - Tuesday 4 June 2019

8am - 8.45am Registration
8.45am - 9.00am

Welcome and opening of the LEAP2 Summit
Vicki Brady MEIANZ CEnvP – EIANZ Vice President Australia.

9am - 9.45am

The future of Energy
Prof Ian Mackinnon: QUT

9.45am - 10.30am Cutting edge metals and the future of batteries
Shaun McCarthy – CEO: Multicom
10.30am - 11am Morning Tea
11.00am - 11.30am

Green energy from brown water
David Carberry FEIANZ CEnvP – Senior Principal Environment and Infrastructure: Pitt and Sherry and Robert Nicholson - Market Sector Leader - Energy: Pitt and Sherry

11.30am - 12noon

Fundamentals necessary for developing and funding renewables projects in the current market
Dan Brown – Partner: Ashurst

12noon - 12.45pm Panel Discussion - where is energy heading?
12.45pm - 1.45pm Lunch
1.30pm - 3.30pm

Concurrent Workshop 1
How to pass go and collect $200.. Site selection, Funding, how to get the upfront work done

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Concurrent Workshop 2
Community Engagement - what, why, how

3.30pm - 4pm Afternoon Tea
4pm - 4.45pm A man from an island with a mission – community power on Samso Island, Denmark
Soren Hermansen, Director: Samso Energy Academy(via video link)
4.45pm - 5pm Wrap up and day close
5pm - 6.30pm Networking session sponsored by ARTC Inland Rail

Day 2 - Wednesday 5 June 2019

8am - 9am Registration
9am - 9.20am

Summary and expectations – As environmental professionals, what do we want?
Geraldine Squires MEIANZ CEnvP – Associate: GHD

9.20am - 9.50am

The State of Play - Legislation, Appovals and Policy - where are we heading?
Kathryn Pacey - Partner: Clayton Utz

9.50am - 10.30am

Expectations for applications and the importance of compliance and monitoring as demonstrating sounds environmental practice/performance?
Jackie McKeay – Director of Regional and Regulation Support - Department of Environment and Science

10.30am - 11am Morning Tea
11am - 11.30am

Sustainable railways for the future, how is this a better option than road.
Sarah Connelly – Program Environment Manager: ARTC Inland Rail

11.30am - 12noon

Offshore renewables - the advantages of co-location for the environment and business
Irene Penesis - Assoc Prof: University of Tasmania

12noon - 12.30pm

Working with traditional owners

12.30pm - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm - 3.30pm

Third party audits and the importance of clarity in conditions

3.30pm - 4pm Afternoon Tea
4pm - 4.45pm Panel Discussion – The future of LEAP, what will work best for everyone?
(Legislation, Environmental Approvals and Policy)
4.45pm - 5pm Wrap up and close

Click here to download the full program.

Exciting news! A sneak peak for the program which is due out very soon. We have managed to secure a keynote speaker with the internationally acclaimed Soren Hermansen who will be joining us via a skype link.

Søren Hermanson is Director of the Energy Academy on Samsø, an island to the west of Copenhagen that is home to more than 4,000 people. In 1997 Søren initiated the transformation of Samso’s energy sourcing, creating an island that not only meets its own needs with clean self-generated electricity, but also sells its surplus energy to the Danish national grid.

Though his experience and research, Søren identifies several key factors as an aid to creating create commitment to change. They include feed-in tariffs, good financing tools and long-term planning. Government commitment to renewables are also a huge help. Inflexible planning regimes are one of the biggest hurdles, he says.

Since Samso’s energy transformation, Søren has become a much-sought advisor and consultant to energy projects around the world. He also hosts a stream of visitors keen to see how to create on-the-ground change in communities’ attitudes to energy generation.

The small island’s energy makeover took less than a decade and was spurred on by local commitment, providing a template for how regional Australia could transition to renewables

In 2009, Søren Hermansen was named one of the winners of the Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development for his outstanding efforts in creating the modern world’s largest climate-neutral society on the Danish island of Samsø.

Click here to read an article by the Guardian on what they have achieved.

Keep an eye out for more program updates soon.

What will you learn?

  • How to navigate the minefield of working across various pieces of State and Federal legislation
  • What the right amount of information when it comes to submitting applications is
  • Details of ground breaking projects being approved and developed around the world

Why you should attend?

  • Environmental practitioners: this is two days to learn, be inspired and network with your peers from across Australia.
  • Early career practitioners: embrace the opportunity to develop into the next level of your career.
  • Non environmental practitioners who are required to work with applications and approvals relating to new projects will hear some of the challenges and develop skills to navigate these obstacles.

You will gain 16 CPD points for attending this event


Member $595

Non Member $795

Concession $345

One day Member $345

One day Non Member $450

Special deal! Book 2 tickets and get one free! To take advantage, email your booking to

For one day tickets

Click here for Tuesday only. Click here for Wednesday only.

Registrations must be paid in full prior to the Summit.

Our Partners

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Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be given for any cancellations made one week prior to the Summit. Cancellations made less than one week but more than 24 hours prior to the Summit will attract a 50% penalty. Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the Summit will attract the full 100% attendance fee. Delegates unable to attend are welcome to send an alternative delegate. Registrations are for one person and cannot be shared.

Event details

When: 4 June 2019
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Where: Sofitel | Brisbane Central
249 Turbot Street, Brisbane Qld 4000

Cost: Member $595, Non Member, $795, Concession $345.

Registrations Open: 16th February 19 8:00 AM

Registrations Close: 4th June 19 8:00 AM

Contact: Danielle Bolton, SEQ Secretariat -, 07 5429 8480.

Register now and secure your attendance

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Published 16th February 19 12:00 AM