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Simon Ball
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Simon draws on his multi-discipline background and prior legal and policy government positions to advise on approval pathways and strategies for large energy and resources, residential, and infrastructure projects.

He advises on all required approvals under governing legislation for NSW projects at both a State and Commonwealth level. Simon has also negotiated and drafted a number planning and conservation offset agreements.

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 Botany and Port Kembla Transaction

Advising the New South Wales Government (NSW Treasury) on the refinancing of Port Botany and Port Kembla in NSW. The project is unique, involving the contemporaneous refinancing and long term lease of two major Australian ports. Our role includes extensive legal analysis of the existing assets and businesses and the regulatory landscape; recommending a transaction structure; drafting special transaction legislation; asset restructuring; preparing extensive interrelated transaction documents; tender process and negotiations; and implementation under legal project management. The project is complex and very significant for NSW.

Xstrata environment and planning advice

Advised Xstrata Coal Australia on the environment, planning and mining issues associated with all of its coal mining operations in NSW.

2014