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Change in direction – new NSW wind energy guidelines released

The NSW Government has released for public consultation a draft ‘New Wind Energy Planning Framework’ (Draft Framework) for large-scale wind energy facilities, which aims to increase investment in wind energy in the state, whilst balancing the needs of the community.

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Winding back of coastal protection laws

On 22 October 2012 the Coastal Protection Amendment Act 2012 (Amendment Act) was passed. It has not yet commenced. Once it does commence, it will amend the Coastal Protection Act 1979 (Act) in a number of ways which could be seen … Continue reading

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Development Contributions & The Carbon Tax

In simple terms, the mechanisms established by the Clean Energy Act 2011 (Cth) to deal with climate change include establishing thresholds for greenhouse gas emissions and imposing unit shortfall charges measured in carbon units for emissions that exceed the threshold. This is what is commonly referred … Continue reading

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Conditions proposed by objector requiring carbon offsets in Part 3A coal mine expansion upheld

In Hunter Environment Lobby Inc v Minister for Planning & Anor [2011] NSWLEC 221, Pain J in the Land & Environment Court determined an appeal on the merits broughtby an environmental lobby group against an approval granted by the Minister under Part 3A of … Continue reading

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New Scheme For Levying Charges For Environmental Upgrades

Councils will soon have the option of participating in a scheme to encourage upgrades of existing commercial and large strata residential buildings which will improve the energy, water and environmental efficiency or sustainability of the buildings. The scheme will be … Continue reading

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