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John Whitehouse

Consultant
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MinterEllison

Sydney, Australia
    Local Time: Sunday 16:14

Practice Expertise

  • Environment and Planning
  • Energy and Resources
  • Environment and Planning Litigation
  • Contamination, Pollution and Environment

Areas of Practice

  • Contamination, Pollution and Environment
  • Energy and Resources
  • Environment and Planning
  • Environment and Planning Litigation
  • Environmental and Planning Approvals
  • Government
  • Heritage - European and Aboriginal
  • Heritage - European and Indigenous
  • Minerals
  • Planning and Environment
  • Planning and Infrastructure
  • Quarrying
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Profile

His extensive knowledge of all aspects of environmental management stems from his roles as special adviser to the Minister for Planning and Environment, Assistant Director of the New South Wales Department of Environment and Planning and Director-General of the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service.

John has experience working with government, in formulating policy and in progressing complex development schemes on public land. He is frequently called upon to advise government authorities in the development of planning policy and the implementation of that policy.

Career Highlights

  • Caroona Coal Project exploration and access advice
    Advised Coal Mines Australia (a BHP Billiton subsidiary) on the Caroona Coal Project, the largest coal exploration project in Australia. We advise on strategic planning, environmental, mining and exploration access issues. We also acted in proceedings in the NSW Land and Environment Court and the NSW Supreme Court on several mining law matters.
  • Expansion of Kooragang and Carrington Coal Terminals
    Acting for Port Waratah Coal Services Limited (a privately owned facility, the largest shareholder of which is Rio Tinto Coal Australia Limited) in the redevelopment and expansion of the Kooragang Coal Terminal and the Carrington Coal Terminal in the Port of Newcastle.
  • National quarry projects
    Providing ongoing advice to Boral on planning approvals for quarries (Lawnton, Yatala, Roseneath, North Ipswich, Moy Pocket, Mackay (Cedars), Tannum Sands, Redlynch, Redbank Plains and Purga quarries) and conversions of quarries to residential areas (Lawnton), infrastructure contribution levies and greenhouse reporting requirements.
  • Port Kembla Harbour Expansion
    Advised Port Kembla Port Corporation in relation to its project to expand the cargo handling facilities at Port Kembla. The project involved the expansion of cargo handling facilities, redevelopment of the terminal and construction of a new wharf which required dredging in the Inner Harbour. This transaction was widely considered to establish a new benchmark in transaction preparation and execution.
  • Port of Melbourne Channel Deepening Project
    Advised Port of Melbourne Channel Deepening, one of the largest infrastructure projects conducted by the Victorian Government in recent times, seen as critical to the Port and Australia's position in global shipping. As key advisers to the Port of Melbourne Corporation, we advised on many aspects of the project, including the Supplementary Environmental Effects Statement and managed the public hearing process Federal Court litigation over the Federal Government's environmental approval for the dredging, cultural and Aboriginal heritage issues, relocation of essential infrastructure under the Yarra River, the resolution of the alliance dredging contract, and land tenure issues relating to land assets affected by the project.

Education
BA, LLB, BSc

Areas of Practice

  • Contamination, Pollution and Environment
  • Energy and Resources
  • Environment and Planning
  • Environment and Planning Litigation
  • Environmental and Planning Approvals
  • Government
  • Heritage - European and Aboriginal
  • Heritage - European and Indigenous
  • Minerals
  • Planning and Environment
  • Planning and Infrastructure
  • Quarrying

Professional Career



Professional Associations
  • International Council of Environmental Law, Member
  • IUCN Commission on Environment Law, Member
  • IUCN Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas, Member 
  • John has served as a member of independent expert panels appointed by the NSW Minister for Planning

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