Risk assessments

RMCG Tasmania specialises in bushfire risk assessments, acid sulfate soil risk assessments and management, as well as salinity risk assessments.

Bushfire risk assessments

Bushfire risk assessments are often a requirement for developments in the Rural Resource Zone and RMCG Tasmania can combine these with other assessment requirements such as agricultural reports and natural values assessments. We can also provide standalone assessment for proposals in an alternate zone.

The scale of the assessments range from an extension to an existing dwelling to multi-lot subdivisions and major infrastructure projects. We are accredited to complete Bushfire Hazard Management Plans for single dwellings, small and large subdivisions, hazardous uses and vulnerable uses.

Acid sulfate soil risk assessments and management in the rural zone

Acid sulfate soil is a type of naturally occurring soil that has the potential to cause significant environmental harm if disturbed. These soils occur mainly in coastal areas, however they can also be found inland. In their natural state they are harmless. However, if these soils are excavated or exposed in significant quantities, or their hydrology is changed, there is the potential for significant acidification of land and waterways.

RMCG Tasmania has specialist expertise in the determination of acid sulfate soil risks. We can undertake mapping and sampling and provide interpretation of laboratory results and acid sulfate soil management plans for developers, and monitor the implementation of plans. RMCG Tasmania has worked with the State Government to develop practical and cost effective assessment and management techniques in a dam construction environment.

We utilise the advice of the Tasmanian Acid Sulfate Soil Management Guidelines 2009 to achieve best practice environmental management and avoid environmental harm resulting from the exposure of acid sulfate soils.

RMCG Tasmania has developed a staged approach to the identification, testing and management of acid sulfate soils to ensure cost effective outcomes. All soil testing is undertaken in NATA accredited laboratories.

Salinity risk assessments

RMCG Tasmania can provide salinity risk assessments including salinity management plans which can assess salinity risks under current land use, and the potential impacts of irrigation.

We work with relevant parties to consider the potential impact of more intensive land use, particularly irrigated cropping, on environmental sustainability. We can also provide training courses on best practice salinity management for farmers.

Project example: VEC acid sulfate soils

As part of the Tasmanian Irrigation ‘Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme’, RMCG Tasmania was engaged by construction contractors VEC Civil Engineering to conduct an acid sulfate soil assessment and management plan for a number of areas within the pipeline construction corridor which were identified as being at risk of containing potential acid sulfate soils.

This assessment was undertaken in accordance with the Tasmanian Acid Sulfate Soils Management Guidelines 2009 and the Tasmanian Irrigation Acid Sulfate Soil Management Protocol 2014 to ensure that best practice environmental management could be achieved in regard to potential disturbance of acid sulfate material.


Michael Tempest

Michael Tempest

Senior Consultant

B Env

Michael is involved with projects relating to land use planning and environmental assessment and monitoring, including effluent reuse. He is also an Accredited Bushfire Hazard Practitioner.

Sally Scrivens

Sally Scrivens


BSc (Hons)

Sally has a background in ecology with extensive field experience. She specialises in natural values assessments and has experience in water resources and land use planning.

Samantha Gadsby

Samantha Gadsby

Senior Consultant

BSc, M Env Man.

Samantha specialises in water resources and delivers services in natural values and development approvals. Samantha’s main work at the moment is delivering a dam safety audit project for Taswater.