Matthew is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Local Government & Planning, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Building & Construction and Employment.
His particular focus is on Local Government, Planning and environmental law. Matthew regularly advises Victorian and New South Wales local governments in a diverse range of areas.
Matthew’s Litigation expertise covers a range of matters before the Land and Environment Court in NSW. In the Victorian jurisdiction Matthew appears before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for Victorian based planning appeals.
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- Advising a Council in relation to biodiversity certification and defending Class 1 proceedings in the Land and Environment Court seeking to remove vegetation for a subdivision.
- Acting for a developer and successfully overturning a Council decision to establish a primitive camping ground.
- Advising a Council in relation to compulsory acquisition of farming land for an industrial park.
- Issuing orders and prosecuting offenders for illegal transportation and disposal of waste.
- Overseeing the joint tender of a group of regional Councils in relation to landfill and waste management.
- Advising Councils on the drafting and interpretation of local environmental plans, development control plans and internal policies in NSW and planning scheme amendments in Victoria.
- Representing a Council in defending the validity of a NSW development consent for a 75 unit tourist development on the banks of the Murray River.
- Appealing the refusal of a planning permit of a Victorian Council to VCAT seeking to establish a quarry.
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