Social Impact and Stakeholder Engagement
Moss Environmental Pty Ltd is a leading environmental consulting firm that is committed to providing technical and strategic support to rural societies in Australia. Our focus is on safeguarding the interests of farmers, councils, traditional owners, and businesses by offering a range of services designed to enhance economic quality of life within a healthy physical environment and engaged community.
Together, with the founder and former Director of OzEnvironmental, Warwick Giblin, at the helm, who has over 40 years of experience in project management, executive level communications, and environmental and social impact assessment, we understand the unique challenges faced by rural Australians when dealing with big business and government. We advocate for our clients, prosecuting their cases to executive levels and negotiating agreements to secure fair compensation for infrastructure easements and financial contributions for councils from mining and energy companies.
Assessment of Major Projects
Over the past decade, our new acquisition, OzEnvironmental, has evaluated projects worth over $40 billion, including mining projects, wind farms, solar farms, coal seam gas and shale gas developments, and various waste management facilities. We have also assisted rural councils in securing planning agreements with project proponents, ensuring annual financial contributions for public benefit purposes throughout the project’s lifespan.
At Moss Environmental, we believe in productive engagement between developers, government, and local communities. We understand the challenges faced by landholders and rural communities, and we have a proven track record in negotiating materially beneficial outcomes for our clients, whether it be enhanced environmental safeguards or financial benefits to offset costs.
Our commitment to environmental auditing allows us to evaluate EH&S performance and deliver pragmatic improvements that address operational realities. We also engage with politicians of all persuasions, drawing on our experience as a Ministerial policy adviser, to ensure our clients’ voices are heard at all levels.
Productive Engagement with Developers and Government
We have provided services to local governments and community groups across various projects. Some examples include reviewing the adequacy of environmental impact assessment documentation, making submissions to government bodies such as the Independent Planning Commission, and negotiating with executive government and proponents to deliver just and fair outcomes. Our work has spanned a wide range of proposals and projects, including mines, solar and wind farms, water pipelines, and landfill sites.
In addition to our technical and strategic assistance, we provide support and encouragement to individuals and community groups navigating the assessment and determination process for state significant developments. We understand the personal toll that uncertainty and disruption can have on people’s lives and offer assistance to counteract these challenges.
Service to Local Government
We have reviewed the adequacy of the EA/EIS for the following proposed projects, made submissions to the NSW Government including the Independent Planning Commission and negotiated with executive government and proponents to deliver a just and fair outcome for rural society.
The Company has also negotiated compensation arrangements for the proponents to cover the costs associated with infrastructure upgrades (e.g. roads) and to provide annual financial contributions to Councils during the life of the project for public benefit purposes (Planning Agreements).
Our past major projects include:
- Bogan Council: Scandium Mine; Hera Mine; Federation Mine; Nyngan Town Solar; Yarren Hut Solar
- Cobar Council: Hera Mine; New Cobar Mine; Federation Mine
- Lachlan, Parkes & Forbes Councils: Sunrise Mine
- Forbes Council: Daroobalgie Solar; Jemalong Solar
- Bland Council: Cowal Underground Mine; Wyalong Solar; West Wyalong Solar
- Carrathool Council: Daisy Hill Solar
Warrumbungle Council: Cobbora Coal Project; Liverpool Range WF; Valley of the Winds WF
- Orange City Council: Independent environmental audit of the Macquarie River to Orange Water Pipeline Project
- Singleton Council: United Wambo Mine
- Upper Hunter Council: Liverpool Range WF
- Gunnedah Council: Shenhua and Vickery Coal Projects
- Narrandera Council: Avonlie Solar; Yarrabee Solar
- Wellington Council: Bodangora Wind Farm; Cobbora Coal Project
- Narromine Council: Tomingley Gold Mine
- Coolamon Council: Ardlethan Tin Mine (Mk II)
- Association of Mining Related Councils: negotiating an improved planning agreement process with NSW Minerals Council
Service to Community Groups, Traditional Owners and Individuals
- Farmer (Yetholme): Central West Pumped Hydro
- Farmer (Cobar): Federation Mine
- Eight farmers: Mineral exploration Land Access & Compensation Agreements
- Farmer: Compulsory land acquisition, Parkes Special Activation Precinct
- Kings Plains Community: McPhillamys Gold Mine
- North Star Pastoral (NT): NT Government Inquiry into shale gas development
- Mithaka People of the Qld Channel Country: land management and tight gas developments
- Farmer (Launceston): Mining exploration proposal
- Fifield/Lachlan River Community: Sunrise Mine
- Farmer (Boggabri): Vickery Mine
- Gundagai Community: Burra Road Landfill; Bangus Landfill
- Lachlan River six farmers: power line easement compensation
- Farmer, Orange: Flyers Creek WF
- Araluen Valley Community (Braidwood): Dargues Reef Mine
- Hunter Valley Wine Industry: coal seam gas extraction
- Molong Rural Community: proposed waste management facility
- Jemalong Irrigation Limited: Secured a Mobile Network Operator deal to build two towers, part funded by local businesses and Councils (Black Spot Program)
- Newcrest Mining, Orange: secured mobile phone tower funding and installation
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