Environmental Science students keep up high standard

For the third year running, environmental science students from UWA were the winners of the Paul Turner Scholarship, awarded by the Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association in WA. The scholarship commemorates the achievements of Paul Turner in the contaminated lands consultancy community – Mr Turner was  a past president of the ACLCA.

Afira Zulkifli, of Riverton, and Madison Roberts, of Bunbury, share the 2015 Paul Turner Scholarship for their achievements in academia, community involvement and the relevance of their research projects in environmental science.

Afira and Madison completed their research into contamination of soil, sediment, and street dust at Robertson Park in Perth as part of their third-year unit in environmental assessment at UWA.

Robertson Park is on land previously used for market gardening and various industries including glass manufacture and a foundry, which has led to some soil contamination. Part of the park area was rehabilitated in 2004 to create a wetland surrounded by native vegetation. Afira and Madison found that road traffic and stormwater continue to contribute contaminants.

Afira and Madison will complete their Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Science this year, and both women intend to pursue further study in environmental science.

‘The project played a big part in helping me figure out that I wanted to pursue a career in land rehabilitation and remediation,” said Afira. “I’m delighted to have received this scholarship, it has given me a huge insight into the contaminated lands Industry and the opportunity to learn from industry experts.”

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Afira & Madi portrait
Afira (left) and Madison (right) after their scholarship win (click for larger image).
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Robertson Park field work
Students in the Environmental Assessment unit taking geophysical measurements at Robertson Park (click for full-size image)

“Even at the beginning of the year I never, in a million years, thought that I’d enjoy a soil unit (let alone soil contamination) and here I am, planning to enrol in honours or masters”, Madison said.

UWA’s Dr Andrew Rate, who coordinates the unit in environmental assessment congratulated the students on their achievements. Dr Rate said that the students’ research provided key information to help manage the Robertson Park environment, and that the City of Vincent was enthusiastic about further collaboration.

The projects were supported by the City of Vincent and the Claisebrook Catchment Group, who gave permission for site sampling and provided background information.

See the UWA Media Release on this story.

The Paul Turner Scholarship is funded by the Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association WA Chapter (ACLCA-WA) and partner organisations and is presented to a person or people whose research project or assignment is likely to contribute to the contaminated sites industry in WA, demonstrating aptitude to practice in the industry. See www.aclca.org.au for more information.


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