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Resumption processes to be streamlined under new amendments to the Acquisition of Land Act 1967
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • May 9 2013

The Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (Qld) was passed by the Queensland Parliament on 3 May 2013. The aim of the Act is to


Overhaul of Queensland's planning laws takes next step with release of draft bills
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • August 8 2014

The Queensland Government's overhaul of the State's planning laws has taken an important step with the release of consultation drafts of the Planning


Biobanking in NSW - an overview
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • July 19 2011

Landowners can generate income by selling biodiversity credits


Part 3A is dead (well, almost) - now get to grips with NSW's new state significant approval law
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • June 23 2011

The NSW Parliament passed the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Part 3A Repeal) Act 2011 on 22 June, bringing to an end the old Part 3A regime and ushering in a new one


How will Queensland's new Strategic Cropping Land Act affect resources projects?
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • February 2 2012

If you are planning a resource project and land you wish to develop is shown as potential Strategic Cropping Land on the trigger maps published by DERM, what needs to be done to get the project up and running?


Queensland shakes up its strategic cropping land framework
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • June 3 2011

On 31 May 2011 the Queensland Government announced two important changes to its strategic cropping land ("SCL") framework


Xstrata Wandoan, take two: greenhouse gas emissions, mining, and environmental approvals
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • April 12 2012

Queensland's Land Court has clarified the relevance of greenhouse gas emissions to mining lease and environmental authority applications, but created uncertainty about restricted land


Less complexity, more flexibility for NSW development: Development Control Plans' role to be reduced
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • October 31 2012

A bill before Parliament to amend the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 will, if passed, considerably reduce the role of Development Control Plans (DCPs) in NSW


Court applies precautionary principle to asbestos contaminated fill material
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • June 6 2013

A recent decision of Justice Pepper in the Land & Environment Court in Wollondilly Shire Council v Foxman Environmental Development Services Pty Ltd


Court decision on contaminated soil "treatment" may lengthen environmental approvals process
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • December 6 2012

The Court's clarification that earthworks such as "mounding and capping" constitutes "treatment" may mean that more development proposals will now be characterised as designated development