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John Whitehouse

John is one of Australia's leading environment and planning lawyers with extensive experience in public sector administration. John has extensive experience in working with government, in formulating policy and in progressing complex development schemes on public land. He is frequently called upon to advise government authorities in the development of planning policy and the implementation of that policy.

John has previously held positions as CEO and Deputy CEO of state government departments (Assistant Director, NSW Department of Planning (1984-5), Director of Sydney Water (1997-1999), Commissioner on the Water Resources Commission. He was also the Chairman of Sydney Catchment Authority (from 1999 until 2008).

Caroona Coal Project exploration and access advice

Advised Coal Mines Australia (a BHP Billiton subsidiary) on the Caroona Coal Project, the largest coal exploration project in Australia. We advise on strategic planning, environmental, mining and exploration access issues. We also acted in proceedings in the NSW Land and Environment Court and the NSW Supreme Court on several mining law matters.

Expansion of Kooragang and Carrington Coal Terminals

Acting for Port Waratah Coal Services Limited (a privately owned facility, the largest shareholder of which is Rio Tinto Coal Australia Limited) in the redevelopment and expansion of the Kooragang Coal Terminal and the Carrington Coal Terminal in the Port of Newcastle.

National quarry projects

Boral is an integrated resource-based manufacturer in the building and construction materials sector operating in Australia, the USA and Asia. Minter Ellison's Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane offices continue to advise Boral on planning approvals for quarries (Lawnton, Yatala, Roseneath, North Ipswich, Moy Pocket, Mackay (Cedars), Tannum Sands, Redlynch, Redbank Plains and Purga quarries) and conversions of quarries to residential areas (Lawnton), infrastructure contribution levies and greenhouse reporting requirements.

Port of Melbourne Channel Deepening Project

Advised Port of Melbourne Channel Deepening, one of the largest infrastructure projects conducted by the Victorian Government in recent times, seen as critical to the Port and Australia's position in global shipping. As key advisers to the Port of Melbourne Corporation, we advised on many aspects of the project, including the Supplementary Environmental Effects Statement and managed the public hearing process Federal Court litigation over the Federal Government's environmental approval for the dredging, cultural and Aboriginal heritage issues, relocation of essential infrastructure under the Yarra River, the resolution of the alliance dredging contract, and land tenure issues relating to land assets affected by the project.

Walker Corporation Rhodes Peninsula

Acted for Walker Corporation in its redevelopment of waterfront land at Rhodes, NSW. The development is an estimated A$800 million project which involved a paint factory site being remediated and redeveloped to a mixed-use, high-rise, shopping centre, residential and commercial village.