Where did we come from? How did we get here? Where are we going?
The story of how two mates began what’s become Australia’s leading environmental remediation companies is an inspiring one.
This is #OurStory
How it all began…
Enviropacific was founded in 2001 by Matt Fensom and Cameron McLean working out of a shed at the back of Matt’s home in Rozelle, in Sydney’s inner west.
Both had a passion for environmental remediation and identified a niche in the market to apply specialised environmental construction skills. They started the business with two utes and a couple of credit cards.
Who are our Founders?
What’s in a name?
Co-founder Cameron McLean says the name of the company had to reference ‘remediation’ or ‘environment’ and it had to have a geographical implication.
“Matt Fensom and I both grew in the surf, so ‘Pacific’ was obvious,” according to Cameron.
The story behind our colour scheme
Ochre red represents the earth (soil); blue represents the ocean (water).
Our first contract
Our first contract was with the property developer Meriton at an apartment development site in Chiswick, in Sydney’s inner west.
We ended up working with Meriton on a number of sites throughout Sydney including Marsfield, Paramatta, Waitara, Croydon and Arncliffe.
One of our first interstate remediation projects was for the Hyne Timber company based in south east Queensland.
Using an X-ray fluorescence analyser we were able to decontaminate copper chrome arsenate used in wood preservation, from a number of sites in southern Queensland including Allies Creek, Maryborough, Monto, Mundubbera and Yandina.
Our longest running job
One of the longest running and more complex projects we’ve undertaken was the clean-up of a former gasworks site that had been lying dormant under houses in Sydney’s inner west – unbeknownst to residents – for many, many years.
We started the job in 2004, thinking it was simply a matter of clearing away some localised gasworks fill in the front yard of a home.
No one realised at the time that the area had been the site of an old gasworks more than 100 years earlier.
Due to the number of stakeholders and residents we were working with, we were still working at the site some six years later!
The good news is that we completed the job in 2010 to the satisfaction of the client, key stakeholders and most importantly, the affected community.
The importance of investors
Our investors have played a crucial role in our journey to becoming Australia’s leading environmental engineering and remediation company.
Enviropacific was started by a couple of mates – Matt Fensom and Cameron McLean – in 2001 but in late 2004, the Daracon Group joined the journey with a stake in Enviropacific.
10 years later, Adexum Capital, with a share purchase and capital injection, took a 50% ownership in the business. Jon Mingay (Daracon Group), Matt and Cameron maintained equity and directorships. Adexum’s capital injection enabled the company to become what it is today.
Becoming truly national
The process of national growth started in 2006 with a new office in Brisbane, and an office in Melbourne in 2007.
We now operate in all states with offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth as well as Townsville and Newcastle.
From a business that was started by two mates in 2001, we now employ 300 people across the country, thanks to growth and acquisitions.
One of our first was a small South Australian remediation business called Remediate, in 2009.
Since then we’ve invested in a number of other businesses including petroleum services businesses, JFTA, Petrotec and Programmed Maintenance Solutions, and architectural engineering design company Cadway enabling us to expand our business to include design, building and maintaining fuel handling and storage facilities.
Our single most significant investment to date has been in the new soil thermal treatment facility in Melbourne – our first SOLVE facility.
One of our most important businesses today is Fuel Facilities.
Uniquely, we are the only full-service provider (design, build & maintain) with a national footprint, and Cadway, our professional services arm, has an impressive record of combining town planning, architectural and fuel systems design capability.
Our experts design, construct, maintain and decommission bulk fuel storage and delivery systems and petroleum facilities – from retail outlets to critical defence infrastructure to diesel generation generator system.
We have delivered more than 1000 projects over the past 25 years.
Our business has evolved over the years as demand for our remediation services has become greater through awareness and education.
Cleaning up contaminated soil, water and waste (or remediation) was the reason for coming into being. It remains that way today.
What has changed are the technologies that we apply. We have adopted a myriad of soil treatment methods over the years, including thermal treatment, now the basis of our new SOLVE Facility in Melbourne.
This technology essentially cooks the contaminated soil and destroys the contaminants.
One of the fastest growing parts of our business today is water treatment and groundwater remediation.
We now treat contaminated water on most of our project sites making us one of Australia’s leading water treatment companies.
It wasn’t so much of an issue 20 or 30 years ago but times have changed with greater awareness and more stringent laws around the importance of remediating contaminated groundwater and discharging clean water from construction sites.
One of the ‘hotter’ issues that has become a significant part of our business is the treatment of PFAS, or per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances.
PFAS are a diverse group of compounds that are resistant to heat, water and oil. They have been used extensively for industrial purposes like firefighting foams, which when used in training areas have resulted in significant contamination to soil and groundwater
The problem is they don’t break down and thus pose potentially significant health and environmental concerns.
We are committed to providing our applied science and engineering solutions to cleaning up the soil and water contaminated by these substances.