In the media

Residents and architects reconsider building designs following bushfires More than 2,500 homes have been lost in Australia this bushfire season, resulting in architects and residents in bushfire affected communities reconsidering building designs (22 January 2020). More...

Bushfire-destroyed homes should not be rebuilt in riskiest areas, experts say Planning experts call for state governments to buy back land from people in most bushfire-prone areas (19 January 2020). More...

Class actions against negligent governments? It's a burning issue Interestingly, since 2015, Australia has become the world’s second-highest climate litigator. Admittedly, with 94 cases so far (says a report from the London School of Economics' Grantham Institute), we’re well behind the US, with its 1023 cases to date (11 January 2020). More...

High Court decision prompts lawyers to use the humble BBQ to sign clients Explainer A recent High Court ruling that impacts how class actions can be funded in Australia has threatened a planned PFAS class action, which has been billed as Australia's biggest ever, involving eight sites across Australia (11 January 2020). More...

Queensland

Brisbane's ‘Central Park’ Masterplan Revealed A masterplan for the transformation of Victoria Park golf course into a 45-hectare public parkland in Brisbane's inner north has been unveiled (21 January 2020). More...

Queenslanders reminded to have their say on koala conservation strategy Queenslanders can still have their say on the Palaszczuk Government’s draft South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy 2019-24, which is open for public consultation until 31 January 2020 (16 January 2020). More...

Property Council and UDIA lodge joint submission on Koala Conservation Strategy and Mapping The submission recognises the need to maintain a healthy koala population in South East Queensland, and emphasises the need for this to occur in the context of the Queensland Government’s broader South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017 (ShapingSEQ) (16 January 2020). More...

Council approves removal of 96 million litres of water a year from drought-ravaged region Farmers in Queensland's drought-declared and bushfire-hit Southern Downs Region say they are devastated the council is allowing a company to take up to 96 million litres of water a year for bottling (16 January 2020). More...

In practice and courts

Announcements, Draft Policies and Plans released 2019

Queensland

Brisbane City Council: Draft Central Park Masterplan The draft plan is now out for public consultation following the release of five creative concepts from architecture and planning firms last year. The Victoria Park concept plan is now open to the public until April 28 on the Brisbane City Council’s website.

Department of Environment and Science Consultation: Draft South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy Open to 31 January 2020. Have your say on the draft SEQ Koala Conservation Strategy. More...

Department of Environment and Science: Local Government Waste Management Reforms Open until 10 February 2020. Have your say on how councils can manage waste collection and disposal in their local government areas. More...

Land Restoration Fund—applications opening soon The State Government has announced the Land Restoration Fund to support farmers, landowners and Traditional Owners develop carbon farming projects. Applications for the 2020 investment round will open on 28 January 2020 and include a financial support package to allow applicants to obtain professional advice, including legal advice (January 2020). More...

Cases

Queensland

Conlon & Ors v QGC Pty Ltd [2020] QLC 3 Application for an injunction under the Land Court Act 2000