Social and climate change impacts considered in rejecting development consent for new coal mine: The Rocky Hill case

On 8 February 2019 Chief Justice Preston of the Land and Environment Court handed down his judgement in Gloucester Resources Limited v Minister for Planning [2019] NSWLEC 7. The case involved the refusal of development consent ...

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Contamination Investigations – the Requirements for Your Next DA

Consent authorities are becoming increasingly reluctant to grant development consent subject to a condition that investigations into the nature and extent of contamination can be carried out after, instead of before, the granting ...

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Not Just Child’s Play: The Importance of Outdoor Play for a Child’s Development

Vella v Penrith City Council [2019] NSWLEC 1247 On 5 June 2019, the NSW Land and Environment Court handed down its decision in Vella v Penrith City Council [2019] NSWLEC 1247. This matter concerned an appeal against the refusal o...

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Causes of Environmental Litigation and How it is Being Pursued in the US to Mitigate Climate Change

The Honourable Justice Brian Preston SC, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW, presented his paper “Using Environmental rights to address climate change” at the Law Council’s Future of Environmental Law Symp...

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Nuclear Energy and Waste in Australia

Australian law currently prohibits nuclear power generation. The only use of nuclear technology in Australia is for medical and research purposes. Australia's only nuclear facility operated by the Australian Nuclear Science and T...

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What (and Where) to Know About New Recommended Apartment Sizes in NSW

New state planning rules in NSW have freed up design options for multi-residential units in NSW to help improve housing affordability and supply. In the Sydney area, six local councils (Waverley, The Hills, Botany Bay, Rockdale, ...

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