Program correct as at 15 June 2023, please check back for updates.

 Melbourne Convention Centre
 Level 1, Meeting Rooms 104, 105, 106
 1 Convention Centre Place
 South Wharf

 Registration opens 8:15am each day



 WORKSHOP 1: Landfill Gas Management 101 

 8:45am -   5:00pm

The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with a sound understanding of landfill gas (generation, movement / emissions, hazards / risks, management, and monitoring), to help you improve the management of landfill gas at your site, whether closed or operational.

You will learn how to assess landfill gas generation, the risks presented by landfill gas, and how to go about developing and implementing an appropriate gas management system / measures.

The workshop will be chaired by Dr Stuart Dever (UNSW) and include presentations by Matt Welsh (GHD), Stuart Thurlow & Nick Simmons (Australian Environmental Auditors) Elisa De Wit (Norton Rose Fulbright), Jarryd Doran and Sean Trainor (Landfill Gas Industries).


 WORKSHOP 2: Landfill Airspace Optimisation

12:00pm -   5:00pm

Landfill airspace is a rapidly diminishing commodity which has risen in value significantly over the last few years. With that in mind this workshop will provide participants with information on how to optimise the value of remaining landfill airspace. 

The workshop will be chaired by Cleanaway's NSW Landfill Manager, John Jones, and include:

  • Best practice techniques for delivering optimised waste placement and compaction.
  • Novel engineering approaches to increasing remaining landfill airspace.
  • Presentations from equipment suppliers including CAT and Bomag on innovation in compaction machinery, choice, and selection.
  • Latest state of the art machine control system technologies available.

 Citizen at Melbourne Public
 11 Dukes Walk,
 South Wharf VIC 3006

 Dress: business / smart casual





Welcome and introduction
Geoffrey Webster - WMRR National President

Welcome to country


Sponsors welcome


Plenary Speaker | The environmental context of modern landfills - 30 years of experience
Tony Kortegast - Technical Director, Tonkin + Taylor


Plenary Speaker
Tia Scarpelli - Research Scientist & Waste Sector Lead, Carbon Mapper


Morning tea

 SESSION 1:  Strategy, Planning & Regulation

   SESSION 2:  Transfer Station Design & Operations  

Streamlining environmental approvals under the VIC Environment Protection Act 
Amelia Donato, Bajwa Enviroconsult


Key insights for waste transfer or resource recovery facility designers
David Gamble + Anna Montgomery, GHD


Benchmarking Australian Landfill Guidelines - What can be improved?
Paul Lightbody, Mockinya Consulting + Anthony Dixon, GHD 


Resilient regional transfer station networks
Melanie Kempton, Arup


Disaster resilience and site planning
Alex Upitis, Talis Consultants


Managing risk at the customer/waste interface in your waste facility
Joe McLeod, ATC Williams


Sustainable planning and design in a climate of change
Nigel Ruxton, Senversa + 
Alice Noviani, WSP


The growing risks of Lithium-Ion Batteries in Transfer Stations and Waste Management Facilities
Garreth Dorey, Wastech Engineering

 12:30pm  Lunch        

SESSION 3:  Landfill Design

   SESSION 4:  Landfill Operations  

Subgrade settlement considerations in landfill design 
Sven Waurich, WSP


Landfill – maximise and optimise!
Rowan Cossins, ATC Williams


Addressing unique challenges of piggyback landfilling over soft and compressible soils in North Queensland
Prathama Igor, ATC Williams


Is the truck driver our customer? – A value and customer centric approach to moving trucks through a major landfill.
Troy Uren, UTL Utilities


Phytocaps or Geosynthetic Capping Systems: A risk based approach to implementation
Matthew Hobley, Talis Consultants


Queensland’s first behind the meter project powering a co-located Council wastewater treatment plant from the landfill 
Jarryd Doran, LGI Ltd


Protection Soil Layer vs Sidewall Drainage
Aya Salih, Bajwa EnviroConsult 

 3:00pm  Afternoon tea        

 SESSION 5:  Landfill Construction


 SESSION 6:  Future of Transfer Stations



Case study of the impact of electrical leak location on a remediation of faulty pond and construction of a landfill cell
Carl Charpentier, Groupe Alphard

   3:30pm  Shifting from transfer stations to circular economy hubs
Maree Marshall, WSP


Challenges of developing a landfill in a former hard rock quarry
Mal Jones, ATC Williams

   3:50pm   Building a better practice Resource Recovery Centre
Narelle Liepa, Mitchell Shire Council


Landfill cell construction tie-in challenges 
Sam Butler, WSP


Using innovative design to enhance recovery, treatment and landfill disposal of waste
Lance Ingrams + Corey Menant, Hi-Quality Group



Evolution of the Wests Road Landfill & Transfer Station facility
Jonathan Knape, Wyndham City Council + Anthony Spiteri, Geofabrics


Rethinking LGA circular economy precincts: - Rethinking and repurposing community owned waste management sites
Marcus Geisler, EMRC

 5:00pm  Day one close

 Showtime Events Centre
 61 South Wharf Promenade,
 South Wharf VIC 3006
Dress: cocktail




Welcome and introduction
Neil Thomson - Conference Committee Chair                                                              


Joint Presentation

A unique sustainable solution to increase the capacity of active landfills
Amir Shahkolahi - National Technical Manager, Global Synthetics

The Great Wall of Western Sydney: Increasing landfill capacity with an MSE retaining wall at Erskine Park landfill
Daniel Wright - Engineering Manager, Cleanaway + 
Gary Schmertmann - Technical Executive, GeoEnvironmental Engineering, WSP


Keynote Panel |Mitigating and Managing Emissions

  • Elisa de Wit - Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
  • Julien Gastaldi - Chief Decarbonisation Officer, Corporate Carbon
  • Victoria McKay - LGI Ltd

Regulator Panel | Around the States

  • Lee Miezis PSM - Chief Executive Officer, EPA Victoria
  • Tony Chappel - Chief Executive Officer, EPA NSW
  • Matthew Bench - Principal Adviser, Waste Regulation, EPA South Australia
  • Jackie Mckeay - Executive Director, Waste and Enforcement Services, Department of Environment of Science
 11:00am Morning tea

 SESSION 7:  Leachate - Good, Bad, Ugly

   SESSION 8:  Landfill Closure & Sustainability  

A detailed approach to forecast leachate generation in landfills to effectively size leachate management infrastructure
Hossein Ghiasinejad + Udeshini Pathirage, WSP


Management of Historic Closed Landfills: Determining a clear understanding of risk
Mitch Crane, Rockhampton Regional Council


Landfill leachate management - alternatives
Nikita Sharma, BeneTerra


Phytocaps: Trials & tribulations of monitoring and assessing transpiration cap performance
Richard Campbell + Ruben Andersen, HydroTerra


Leachate management in a large rural regional Council
Rohan Smith, Albury City Council

   12:20 pm

Options assessment and rehabilitation design for two coastal landfills in Port Fairy
Julian Howard, SMEC


Leachate management during catastrophic weather conditions. 
Chris Nivison-Smith, GHD

 1:00pm Lunch        

 SESSION 9:  Leachate Treatment & Disposal

   SESSION 10:  Lessons Learned  


Probabilistic modelling of long-term maintenance cost for landfills at contaminated sites
Daniel Dohle, WSP


A Comparative Assessment of Data Discrepancy: The Regulator, The Surveys, The Weighbridge Data
Lacey Webb, ResourceHub 



PFAS Treatment: Landfills are the new front line!
David Burns, EPOC Systems


Lessons learnt relating to non-needle free geotextiles used in landfill geocomposite liners - Case Study
Luke Adams, Tonkin + Taylor + Stuart Thurlow, Australian Environmental Auditors



Landfill Leachate Treatment - successes, failures and industry misconception - based on 22 years experience
John Gray, JPG Engineering


Seymour landfill rehabilitation
Tanja Blazeka Kojc, SMEC



Case Study: Tackling leachate with City of Darwin
David Leinster, The Water and Carbon Group co-authored by Nick Fewster, City of Darwin


Remediation of a former quarry and permanent containment of buried toxic materials in Canada
Pascal Saunier, AFITEX-Texel + Andy Warwick, Global Synthetics


Keynote Speaker | A lifetime of lessons in landfills
Kent von Maubeuge - Former Director Corporate Identity and Communications & Senior Product Manager GCLs, NAUE Group


Conference wrap-up



Afternoon tea  

Conference close