For The Victorian Governments Building Blocks Grants Scheme
A soil hygienist report may be referred to as any one of the following: a soil assessment summary report, a soil contaminant testing report, a soil contamination report, a contaminated soil report, a soil hygiene report, an environmental soil report, a soil contaminant report, a soil test for contaminants, a contaminated soil test report, or a soil contamination testing report.
The Building Blocks Grant scheme provides government funding for projects that create additional kindergarten places for 3 and 4-year-olds by building new, or expanding existing infrastructure for Childcare in Victoria.
To be successful your grant application must include a Soil Hygienist Report by a Govt. Approved Contamination Testing Supplier.
We have in-depth grant experience and we are ACLCA Qualified and a VSBA-Approved Technical Consultant. Our service includes a desktop review of past site history plus a soil investigation with analysis for contaminants, done to required government standards.
Categories of Grants Requiring This Report
- Integrated Children’s Centre: These grants provide funding for new community hubs, bringing together a range of professional services to deliver education, care, health and support to children and their families.
- New Early Learning Facility: These grants provide funding for new kindergartens that will offer high-quality early learning for 3 and 4-year-olds.
- Modular Kindergarten Buildings: These grants cover the full cost of high-quality modular buildings. They can be available quickly to meet urgent demand for kindergarten places. They are relocatable, and their quick delivery reduces safety risks, construction time and costs.
- Expansion: These grants provide funding for projects to increase the licenced capacity of kindergartens offering programs for 3 and 4-year-old children.
A Soil Hygienist Report is required for any project that disturbs the soil to determine the suitability of the site for the proposed purpose of an early learning centre. It is important that an environmental professional is engaged to provide a Soil Hygienist Report – and not a geotechnical report.
Soil Hygienist Reports must:
- be performed by a qualified environmental professional
- align with standards such as the National Environmental Protection (Assessment of Contaminated Sites) Measure (NEPM)
- involve a desktop review of past site history and soil investigation samples for analysis of contaminants with particular focus on where project soil works are proposed
- compare contamination results against NEPM human health and ecological investigation levels as well as Victoria EPA Industrial Waste thresholds
- include a statement to indicate if the site is suitable for the intended use as an early learning centre and/or potential project risks
- specify if contaminated soil is identified above the levels specified for the intended use as an early learning centre
If contaminated soil is identified above the levels specified for the intended use as an early learning centre, recommendations for a soil management plan must be developed (e.g. for safe management or removal and disposal of the contaminated soil) and provided as part of your grant application.
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