Victoria’s New Environmental Protection Laws
Jane has experience in a wide range of environmental, planning, renewable energy, real estate and water law areas and has a particular interest in contaminated land. Jane regularly provides advice relating to regulatory compliance, pollution issues and prosecutions, complex transactions involving contaminated land (including PFAS contaminated environments), compulsory acquisition, general commercial property transactions (particularly in relation to the water industry), mining tenure, industrial and coal mine closure and rehabilitation and future site reuse requirements, and environmental, planning and heritage approvals around Australia.
Jane has provided advice to the Victorian water retailers for 20 years in relation to regulatory and commercial matters, including statutory land access and occupation regimes, tariff setting and application, the use and disposal of biosolids, powers in relation to the construction of sewers, compulsory acquisition, conditions of connection, and build-overs, director's and officer's insurances, transition of the organisations between the Water Industry Act 1994 (Vic), Water Act 1989 (Vic) and a draft Water Bill, probity reviews of large projects, water reuse schemes, other authority works, and rights of third parties to access water and sewerage assets.
She has also been heavily involved in a large number of commercial matters relating to the water industry, including in relation to development deeds, metering supply and installation agreements, plumbing services agreements, works agreements with other authorities in relation to the construction of infrastructure, agreements for water assessment and retrofit programs, sewer mining agreements, recycled water drought relief arrangements, and recycled water agreements.