LEAP 2 - The Future

Published 16th Feb 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.

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

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


Book before 30 April and get our early bird rates.

Member Early Bird $595 Non Member Early Bird $795

Member $695

Non Member $895

Concession $345

One day Member $345

One day Non Member $450

Networking event $60 for all attendees

For one day tickets

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

Registrations must be paid in full prior to the Summit.

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 Jun 2019
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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

Cost: Early Bird (before 30 April) - Member $595, Non Member, $795, Concession $345. Non Early Bird - $695 Members, $895 Non Members, $345 Concession

Registrations Open: 16th Feb 19 8:00 AM

Registrations Close: 4th Jun 19 8:00 AM

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

Register now and secure your attendance

Published 16th Feb 19 12:00 AM