Beyond the green line
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In this special episode of Beyond The Green Line, Shonelle Gleeson-Willey is delighted to announce that Moss Environmental has merged with OzEnvironmental Pty Ltd, a like-minded boutique rural consultancy.
OzEnvironmental, under the direction of Adjunct Professor Warwick Giblin, has operated since 2011 in the discipline of environmental and social impact management. It has built a formidable reputation acting for rural councils and landholders on energy and mining projects across Australia, including NSW, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
With this merger, Moss Environmental propels itself into new dimensions of service excellence. Our environment and heritage service offerings are expanding, and our capabilities in the realm of environmental impact assessment, including community impact and stakeholder engagement, are taking a giant leap forward.
Becoming aware of a large project in the approvals process in their area can lead to much uncertainty and distress. A local council may become aware of a proposed development through the planning portal or from the developer themselves.
The vast majority of current renewable energy projects, for example, will be determined at a state level because they fall into the category of state significant development or Critical State Significant Infrastructure. That’s why it’s so important that council understands their role in the approval process and makes their voice heard through well researched submissions and negotiations during the development of the voluntary planning agreement.
Landowners can become aware of pending development plans through a variety of different avenues, including a letter that’s been posted, a social media post, or a knock on the door.
Often, people will experience physical and mental wellness challenges because of resulting worry. They begin to wonder what will happen to their piece of paradise, whether they will receive compensation, and how they will retain a voice in the daunting power dynamic of dealing with developers.
Warwick encourages people in this situation to rally community, build a support network, and utilize professional advice from an environmental practitioner who is familiar with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and the assessment and determination process.
In this episode you’ll hear Shonelle and Warwick share stories about their mutual desire to see communication between developers and affected communities be more balanced. Too often, meetings seem to involve developers telling communities how the process will go, and Warwick believes a change in this dynamic will only happen when developers are truly convinced that it’s in their best interests to take the voices of the community into account, even in the early planning stages.
If you’re interested to know more about the expanded services now offered by Moss Environmental, please visit our website at www.mossenviro.com.au
Sarah Mansfield is an environment and planning lawyer based in Sydney with more than 14 years experience.
Sarah has extensive transactional, litigation and advisory experience. She advises and acts for government authorities, land owners, developers and financial institutions on matters related to contaminated land, pollution, waste, vegetation and planning and environmental approvals.
In this episode, Sarah and Shonelle discuss the numerous types of legal issues commonly addressed in regards to contaminated land management (from large scale commercial and industrial sites to smaller scale residential types) as well as the differences between site remediation via the CLM Act, POEO Act, and the EP&A Act.
You’ll also hear their perspective on the new consolidated SEPP and the current deficiencies which haven’t yet been amended, as well as some legal difficulties councils should be aware of in terms of doing their due diligence and disclosing all available records of potential relevance to land purchasers.
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