Environmental and Planning Approvals

Much of our practice is directed at securing planning and environmental approvals for major projects across a wide range of industry sectors including resources, energy and infrastructure, projects, retail, commercial, residential and industrial property development.

Our work generally covers advising on development approval strategies; securing development approvals and construction certificates and defending and/or modifying developments already approved.

Another major area of our practice involves environmental approval processes securing project proponents 'environmental licence to operate', as well as dangerous goods licences and waste disposal licences.

Lend Lease retail projects - QLD

Advised Lend Lease in obtaining approval for a major extension of the Sunshine Plaza regional shopping centre, valued at $400 million. We are also advising Lend Lease on the integrity of the Cairns Planning Scheme in planning litigation challenging the role of the Cairns Central Shopping Centre.

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.

$800m Discovery Point mixed use development

Acting for a wholly owned subsidiary of Australand Holdings Ltd on the A$800 million Discovery Point development at Wolli Creek in New South Wales. This 8-hectare mixed use development will feature residential apartments, commercial offices, an integrated retail centre and extensive public and private parklands. We are advising on procurement and OH&S strategies, drafting pro-forma and project specific documentation (such as consultancy agreements and design and construct contracts), assisting in the preparation of the tender conditions, advising on the tendering process and compiling documentation for tender.

Brisbane Airport parallel runway

The cornerstone of the Brisbane Airport Corporation's infrastructure program for Australia's third-busiest airport is a new Parallel Runway, expected to be completed by 2020. We are currently supporting BAC with the development and implementation of a procurement strategy for Stage 1 of the proposed A$1.3 billion runway.

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.