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Milne Legal provides advice and represents clients in relation to a range of environmental law matters. We can assist you with matters that involve waste management (including the waste levy), vegetation clearing, flood, noise, odour, light and contaminated land.

As examples, some of the types of matters that Milne Legal has previously being involved in are listed below:

Waste Management

  • Providing advice and representing clients who have received a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) in relation to alleged breaches of environmental authority conditions or alleged breaches of the Environmental Protection Act 1994
  • Advice about the waste levy brought in by amendments to the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011
  • Approvals and environmental management of two of the largest landfills in the southern hemisphere
  • The recent approval of a private transfer station
  • Defending criminal proceedings against waste management companies for spills or other infractions
  • Approvals for the reuse of sludge and chemical waste, including agricultural reuse
  • Approvals for waste facilities
  • Incinerator approval and modifications
  • Waste water treatment

Noise and Odour

  • Providing advice and representing clients who have received a PIN in relation to alleged noise and/or odour infringments
  • Acting for large pork and beef abattoirs
  • Poultry farming cases – acting both for the poultry farm owner/operator
  • Defend liquor licensing enforcement actions against pubs and clubs
  • Agricultural processing facilities
  • Low frequency vibration – for example, due to building construction defects or wind farms
  • “Reverse amenity” cases for industrial, commercial and agricultural operations


  • Overcoming refusals of development applications due to flooding concerns, whether due to river or ocean flood risk (tidal surge and global warming)
  • Compensation claims for flood impacts, including impacts due to government action or inaction
  • Stormwater drainage disputes, including overland flow agreements and easements

Vegetation and Fauna

  • Tree and vegetation clearing approvals
  • Providing advice about Brisbane’s Natural Assets Local Law 2003
  • Providing advice and representing clients in relation to alleged unlawful clearing
  • Overcoming refusals of development approvals based on fauna and flora issues
  • Providing advice about Environmental Offset arrangements and agreements
  • Marine plant removal approvals and defence in Fisheries Act prosecutions

Contaminated land

  • Removing listed sites from the registrar
  • Legal action for landowners subject to contamination and dumping by others
  • Underground movement of contaminants, such as petroleum products in groundwater
  • Redevelopment of “brownfield”  sites for residential and industrial purposes
  • Defence of entities accused of illegal dumping