Matthew advises local, state and Commonwealth government departments and agencies, statutory authorities, and corporations in relation to environmental and planning laws and regulatory compliance. Matthew’s experience includes advising on matters relating to land and water contamination, with a particular focus on PFAS, waste management contracts, Class 1,3 and 4 matters in the Land and Environment Court (NSW), Crown-land management.
Matthew also regularly advises local councils on matters arising under the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW), including advising in relation to procurement processes, and the extent of council’s statutory powers in relation to land access, and compliance and enforcement. He has also advised in relation to environmental and planning legal aspects of numerous mergers and acquisitions, projects, and debt and equity financing transactions.
City of Sydney
Advised the City in relation to Federal Court proceedings against Telstra Corporation regarding Telstra's land access powers under the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth) and the application of State and local planning laws where Telstra exercises those powers.
NSW local councils
Advised various local councils in relation to voluntary planning agreements under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW).
PFAS related advice
Advised NSW and Commonwealth agencies in relation to the management of and liability associated with the use of PFAS.
Rous County Council
Advised RCC in relation to land access arrangements relating to St Helena Trunk Main project
Advised private developer of a high rise tower in relation to planning proposal process under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) for the amendment of the North Sydney Council Local Environmental Plan.
Can I amend it? Power to amend a modification application
Amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000
Streamlining and Standards: The proposed amendments to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
We examine the proposed changes and how the bills interact