Our core expertise is facilitating development approvals for ecologically sensitive settings. We have the experience, skill and resilience to deal with a broad range of environmental management issues, and to overcome regulatory hurdles. Where specific skills are not provided in-house, we call on a close network of trusted and highly skilled advisers.
Due Diligence Advice for Site Acquisition or Disposal
We provide rapid and comprehensive due diligence advice on environmental risks to your project that may arise under the Commonwealth EPBC Act, State legislation, and Local Government planning schemes.
Our advice is pragmatic and backed by 35 years of practical experience. We explain risk in a concise, non-technical manner so that it can be readily understood by our clients and their financiers.
Development Strategy & Planning
At the start of a project we seek to understand your vision and aspiration, and then work with your design team to shape that around the major environmental constraints. When a project’s general form and character are understood, we clearly articulate the approvals pathway and timeframes, the challenges that are likely to be met, and the strategies to overcome them. Early consultation with our team is key to ensuring an efficient approval pathway.
Ecological Survey & Assessment
We coordinate ecological survey and assessment for projects in a wide range of environmental and development settings in eastern Australia. We have an intimate knowledge of applicable ecological assessment guidelines, and maintain appropriate survey permits.
Our considerable experience allows us to accurately assess the most complex and sensitive environments and advise on values and risks with confidence.
EPBC Act Assessment & Approvals
We have an intimate knowledge of the EPBC Act assessment and approval process and have successfully guided many of our clients’ projects to approvals under the Act. We are familiar with the Act’s offset requirements and coordinate offset strategies that are cost-effective and minimise ongoing management obligation.
Most importantly though, we understand when there is no requirement for a project to be assessed under the Act, or when minor changes to a proposal might achieve this outcome. Carefully avoiding the Act’s assessment and approval requirements is a prudent (and achievable) course of action for many projects.
State & Local Government Approvals & Permits
We have a highly developed knowledge of State and Local Government environmental planning instruments in Queensland and New South Wales, and experience in Victoria.
We have an excellent track record of facilitating approvals and finding solutions for challenging projects; for example, those in environmentally sensitive areas, those with complex approval pathways, and those subject to community interest.
Vegetation, Habitat, Fauna & Rehabilitation Management Plans
We prepare management plans that demonstrate how environmental management commitments made at a high-level approval stage will be practically achieved at the construction stage. We work collaboratively and pragmatically with construction teams to resolve design conflicts and have been a valued team member on a wide range of construction projects.
The requirement for biodiversity offsets can significantly impact a project’s viability. We ensure our clients understand this potential liability at the due diligence stage.
We have a comprehensive knowledge of biodiversity offset principles, and of applicable legislation at the Commonwealth, State and Local Government levels. We coordinate offset strategies that are cost-effective and minimise ongoing management obligation. We can also project manage on-ground offset delivery.
We work closely with our clients to identify latent offset opportunities within their landholdings, devise offset land banking strategies, and actively market offset opportunities within our broader client circle.
Bushfire Assessment & Management
Our formal training and practical experience in bushfire assessment and management allows us to coordinate approvals where there are competing ecology/bushfire management issues.
We work with trusted specialists in this area to ensure you receive an efficient, coordinated outcome. Our experience is also used to identify potential bushfire management issues at the due diligence stage.
Geographic Information Systems
We use advanced GIS software to support and value-add to our environmental services, giving clients better depth and spatial understanding to environmental data.
Expert Witness (Qld & NSW)
We provide expert witness services in the Queensland Planning and Environment Court, Queensland Land Court, and NSW Planning and Environment Court. We have advised on residential and industrial development, tourism and ecotourism, recreation, rural development, quarrying and infrastructure projects. We also have significant experience in advising on land clearing prosecutions. We have advised on more than 60 matters.