Acted in relation to various proceedings concerning the clearing of some 20,000 hectares of vegetation at Strathmore Station in far north Queensland. This included defending two judicial review proceedings relating to decisions on PMAVs, an appeal to the P&E Court against an enforcement notice, and peripheral assistance to a prosecution run in-house by the State (including disclosure of 27,500 documents in a 7 day timeframe). DNRME was successful in the prosecution, the judicial review proceedings were both withdrawn, and the enforcement notice appeal was resolved on the basis of extensive rehabilitation requirements.
Acted on Stockland’s NSW Elara residential and town centre development including voluntary planning agreements, advice on infrastructure provision, planning advice and documentation of access arrangements with adjoining owners for construction of infrastructure and roads.
Undertook purchaser planning and environmental due diligence on acquisition of the Mt Pleasant coal mine including advice on planning approvals, biodiversity, water rights and environmental licensing. Defending and ultimately achieving discontinuance of a NSW Land and Environment Court legal challenge to the validity of MACH Energy’s planning approval for the Mt. Pleasant Coal Mine. We also acted on acquisition of water rights for the mining project.