‘Managing summer heat’ road trip

I think I have finally recovered from my mega road trip which covered over 7,500 km of travel, starting in Adelaide on August 24 and ending in Brisbane last week. Why you may well ask? Well, for over 10 years we have been working with the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) and Meat and Livestock…

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25th Birthday Celebrations

Katestone's 25th birthday

Some photos from our recent 25th Birthday celebration! Big thanks to all who attended, especially to Dr Stefan Hajkowicz from the CSIRO who presented ‘Future Trends – Global megatrends that will change the way we live’.          

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Seminar: ‘Residential Development? Not in my backyard!’

Are anti-encroachment laws just an excuse for poor environmental performance of industries or are they necessary to protect their future viability? Aerosols, fumes, odour, particles and smoke can be a nuisance to residents and reduce amenity. Odour and dust are often the subject of resident complaints about industry and a range of factors, some out…

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Navigating the Carbon Maze

Climbing through the carbon maze

With Australia’s carbon policy changing on what seems like a weekly basis staying up to date and identifying opportunities to get involved in voluntary programs can be frustrating as well as consuming valuable time that could be better spent elsewhere. If you need help navigating the carbon maze, read on… Current status of Australia’s carbon policy The…

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NSW EPA Hazardous Air Pollutants tender win

Hazardous Air Pollutants

In June Katestone, in partnership with The Eco-efficiency Group (TEG), were awarded a NSW EPA tender for the Hazardous Air Pollutant Review of Priority Facilities project. Our specialist skills in air quality and data processing, combined with TEGs capability in industry engagement and identification of best practice, proved to be a winning combination. This is a great initiative from the…

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Celebrating 25 years of Katestone

Katestone has been in business for 25 years – a major milestone! You may be wondering, “Is Christine really that old?(!) or was she really young when she started the business?” Truth is, I was tackling my HSC at high school when Katestone’s founders, Dr Peter Best and Karen Lunney, saw an opportunity in air…

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Examining safety risk management at the NSWMC H&S Conference 2014

Safety Risk Management at Mining conference

Christine‘s musings from the 2014 NSW Mineral Council Health & Safety Conference. Theme: “Learning from the Past” What have we learnt? The sky won’t fall in so why are we wearing hard hats in an open field? Has safety gone too far and are we now missing the point? These questions posed by Sidney Dekker – an amazing speaker who gave…

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What can the NPI tell us about air pollution?

The recent release of the 2012/13 NPI emissions and transfer data by the Department of Environment is the 15th annual dataset published by the program. For anyone who’s life doesn’t revolve around pollution and publicly available data sets, here’s a quick overview of the NPI, the last 15 years of data and a look at…

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I’ve got a good feeling about 2014!

I don’t think I’d be alone in saying that the last 12-18 months have been very tough in the environmental consulting world. Big projects have dried up and the ones that are around are slashing costs and extending timelines. We haven’t been unaffected and have had to make some changes to our growth plans, but…

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The forecaster who cried wolf?

We are constantly reminded in summer that heat stress is an issue. Drink more fluids, keep out of the sun where possible and take a break when needed. But is the message really getting through? Are current warnings reliable for workers or is it a case of “crying wolf”? Is Heat Stress Costing you? WorkCover…

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