Environemntal and Planning Law Conference

SESSION ONE 9.00am to 1.15pm: Environmental and Planning Law

Chair: Rebecca Hoare, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Queensland Environmental Law Reform

Part A: An Update on the Latest Legislative Changes

State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014
The Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014
The Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014
Presented by John Briggs, Partner, Ashurst

Part B: The Reforms and Approval Process: Understanding the Correct Environment Impact Statement (EIS) Pathway under the Reforms

Overview of EIS processes for major projects
Analysing what EIS process works best for a particular project
Presented by Kathryn Pacey, Partner, Clayton Utz

New Environmental Offsets Regime for Queensland

What is the future: Environment Offsets Bill
The mechanics of Environmental Offsets Regime:
Reconciling Commonwealth, State and Local areas of significance
Practices and calculators
How to administer an offset? Biodiversity Offset Broker Agreement?
Presented by Henry Prokuda, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Workings of the New Contaminated Land Regime

Proposed changes to contaminated land provisions
The role of auditors for contaminated land decisions
Presented by Dave Cook, Manager, Technical Advice and Community Response Team, Department of Environment & Heritage Protection

SESSION TWO 2.00pm to 5.15pm: Environment Prosecutions and Appeals

Chair: Rod Litster QC, North Quarter Lane Chambers

Overview of the Regulatory Reforms: EPOLA Act

The Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Act 2014 (EPOLA)
Overview of regulatory reforms
Increased penalties
Alternatives to prosecution: enforceable undertakings
What is the Regulators approach?
Presented by Sarah Macoun, Partner, HopgoodGanim

Right of Appeal & Review: Contaminated Land and Environmental Management Registry Disputes

Rights of review and appeal
Seeking stay of orders
Listing of land: implications and options
Presented by Andrew Skoien, Barrister, Queensland Bar

Objections to Resource Projects in the Land Court

The objection process and the Land Court’s jurisdiction
Recent amendments to the objection process
Reflections on recent decisions
Presented by Damian Clothier QC, Level 27 Chambers and Michael Zissis, Senior Associate, Allens

Compliance and Enforcement Proceedings Update

Latest cases
Trends in environmental compliance and enforcement
Presented by Ralph Devlin QC, Halsbury Chambers

Location Brisbane, Australia
Description Amidst the myriad of current and proposed environmental legislative and regulatory reform in Queensland, it is no wonder that practitioners might consider that practicing in this area can at times be like 'walking a tight rope'. Our morning session assists those of you trying to apply these reforms into practice by providing a general overview of some important changes and considering their practical application and then in the afternoon, we will discuss some topical and important issues in environmental planning prosecutions and appeals.
Organized by Legalwise Seminars
More Information Fee - $710.00
Start Date 2015-03-11
End Date 2015-03-11