Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning

Acted on all planning, environmental, infrastructure and native title issues associated with the AU$3.6 billion Queens Wharf Brisbane project (which aims to facilitate the construction of a world class integrated resort development (including a new casino)) in the Brisbane CBD. This included drafting and negotiating amendments to the Brisbane Casino Agreement Act 1992.

MACH Energy

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.

Transport for NSW

Advised on voluntary planning agreement and project delivery agreement for the redevelopment of One Carrington Street above Sydney central CBD subway station at Wynyard including extensive upgrade of Wynyard Station concourse. The matter involved drafting and negotiating project documentation with the developer to ensure delivery of works, allocating project risks and managing interfaces with other major transport infrastructure projects simultaneously underway around the project site.

Australian Paper

Advised on environmental and planning issues associated with Australian Paper’s proposed Victorian waste-to-energy facility.

ChemChina Corporation

Advised ChemChina on the significant environmental liabilities associated with its acquisition of the Qenos Group from Orica and ExxonMobil, including negotiating complex transaction documentation allocating environmental risk between the parties.

Peak Gold Mines

Represented Peak Gold Mines Pty Ltd in defending a criminal prosecution in Class 5 prosecution proceedings for a water pollution offence involving mine tailings

Toowoomba Regional Council - Oakey PFAS contamination

Acted for Council in relation to the PFAS contamination of groundwater at Oakey from the historical use of firefighting foams at the Army Aviation Centre Oakey. This included Supreme Court proceedings against the Department of Defence for negligence, nuisance and breach of statutory duty, causing damages associated with Council-owned water infrastructure (bores etc) servicing the residents of Oakey.

Port of Hastings Development Authority

Advised on the approvals strategy for the environmental impact assessment, planning and other approvals for the Port of Hastings Container Expansion Project including road and rail infrastructure to connect to port to the existing freight network.

Gold Coast Light Rail, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Advised on various matters associated with the GCLR project

Queensland Alumina Limited - 5-Year Environment Strategy

Assisted QAL with the preparation, drafting and implementation of its 5-Year Environmental Strategy.

Queensland Alumina Limited

Advised QAL on a range of environmental incidents associated with its Alumina refinery in Gladstone, including responding to s451 notices, assisting in DES interviews, making submissions to DES, responding to statutory notices, and defending prosecutions.

Vopak

Advised on vehicle hazardous goods placarding, storage of hazardous substances and defending prosecution for water pollution offence at Port Botany.

Queensland Department of Environment & Science

Advised on the interaction between the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 and the Planning Act 2016. In particular how the development assessment process interacts with cultural heritage considerations.

Catholic Church

Acted in NSW Land and Environment Court Class 2 proceedings involving an Interim Heritage Order.