Planning, Environment & Local Government

What we do

  • Climate change—greenhouse gas reporting (NGERS), emissions trading schemes and renewable energy
  • Codes of conduct—meeting practice, probity, investigations and reports
  • Compliance—procedures, training, auditing and governance, compliance programs, due diligence, reporting systems and significant incident management, including legal professional privilege
  • Compulsory acquisition—acquisitions, compensation and appeals
  • Contamination & remediation—contaminated land, pollution, waste and incident management, and criminal prosecutions
  • Developer contribution & planning agreements—agreement drafts and negotiations
  • Due diligence—investigation, analysis and report
  • Environmental impact assessments—front-end advice, environmental planning instruments, environmental management systems and environmental risk
  • Heritage—cultural heritage and listed buildings
  • Land use regulation—agricultural land and water resources, agricultural impact statements, licences, mining exploration activity, land access agreements and indigenous land use agreements
  • Local government—local laws and regulations, codes of conduct, rates and charges, contracting, governance, service agreements, workplace relations and safety, liability and immunities, release of government information and enforcement and prosecutions
  • Major project approvals—Part 3A (now repealed) and SEPP Major Projects requirements, development applications, conditions of development consent, plans and voluntary planning agreements, development proposals, orders, enforcement of environment protection legislation, certification of development, building certificates and planning certificates
  • Planning & development—development consents, subdivision, occupation and building certificates, project approvals, appeals environmental planning instruments and voluntary planning agreements, land use issues, subdivision, occupation and building certificates and cultural heritage and listed buildings
  • Threatened species—flora and fauna, including threatened species and native vegetation, and biobanking
  • Waste disposal—regulation compliance, risk management and disputes

What others say

"When we sought expressions of interest for Council's Key contact Legal Panel, we looked for firms with a breadth of experience across the myriad of issues that local government encounters. Sparke Helmore provides this breadth of experience along with accredited specialists in the areas that we require. Council always finds that the advice is frank, timely, of high quality and at a reasonable cost. Quick advice is never a problem and the value add training and information sessions provided are highly regarded and well supported." Steve McGrath, General Manager, Coffs Harbour City Council

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