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Christine Covington

Head of Environment and Planning

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Recognised as a market-leading planning, environmental and property lawyer, Christine has over 33 years’ experience and has played a pivotal role in numerous significant property transactions, urban renewal developments and mining projects.

Both an expert planning lawyer and an environmental specialist, Christine’s unique combination of skills enables her to provides her clients with a distinct perspective on property development, planning and environmental compliance. She also has extensive experience acting in planning and environment appeals in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Christine sits on the boards of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and ACT City Renewal Authority and is a former board member of the NSW Environment Protection Authority and affordable housing provider, City West Housing Pty Limited. She is also a passionate advocate for women in legal circles. Between 2009 – 2016, Christine was a board member and chair of City West Housing Pty Limited, and between 2007 – 2009 she was the State Government appointee of the Central Sydney Planning Committee.

Key deals

Green Square Consortium and Landcom

Advised Green Square Consortium on its A$77 million planning agreement with the City of Sydney to establish a precinct based tri-generation system.

Mach Energy

Conducted environmental and planning due diligence and acquisition of water rights and defended a Land and Environment Court challenge for Mach Energy in relation to its Mt Pleasant coal mine development in the NSW Hunter Valley.

John Holland

Acted for John Holland on planning, environmental and aboriginal cultural issues associated with the Grafton Gaol PPP project.

Gunlake

Acted for Gunlake in Land and Environment Court proceedings relating to development applications for quarrying at Marulan and its Banksmeadow concrete batching plant consent and represented Gunlake in Land and Environment Court proceedings relating to the modification of biodiversity related consent conditions.

Stockland

Acted on Land and Environment Court appeals for Stockland’s Merrylands Shopping Centre and Little Bay medium density developments and on voluntary planning agreements for its Merrylands, Elara Marsden Park, Willowdale East Leppington and Altrove developments.

Australian Turf Club

Advised the Australian Turf Club on site contamination and waste issues, planning issues at Canterbury and Randwick Racecourses and Aboriginal land rights issues, and on a development agreement with Transport for NSW. Acted on the Club’s project delivery agreement at Canterbury.

Property

Acted for McDonald’s and Woolworths on leases, acquisitions and disposals.

Urban renewal

Acted for Carlton United Breweries on decommissioning, rezoning and disposal of the Kent Brewery site in Sydney. Acted for British American Tobacco on its Pagewood facilities. Acted for Fairfax on its disposal of former print facilities. Advised a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary on the staged disposal of its Caringbah plant. Acted for Clorox on the disposal and leaseback of its southern Sydney facility.