Testing soils is imperative to understanding the nature of your soils. Testing helps to determine the properties and chemistry of soil. At times, soil testing may be unavoidable. To comply with legislation, lots that are listed on the Environmental Management Register and Contaminated Land Register (EMR/CLR) may require soil testing prior to developing or changing the land use of the lot. Similarly, development in low-lying areas that are likely to contain acid sulfate soils may also trigger an investigation to meet the relevant Queensland legislation. Soil tests are also required when carrying out a land resource assessment to evaluate whether land listed as strategic cropping land actually meets the determining criteria.
Soil testing may also be needed to establish baseline levels of soil chemistry for due diligence purposes. In this instance, an assessment may not be triggered by legislation but may be in the best interest of the owner to understand a site before purchasing or developing a site.
Soil testing can be costly; therefore, it is important to contact a professional environmental consultant so that a targeted test program can be developed and excess cost be avoided.