The Queensland Government sought advice from the private sector
about advancing a low carbon future?
This week the Queensland Government held its inaugural Industry
Summit under the theme, 'Advancing Queensland – building
the new low carbon economy'. The invitation-only summit brought
together more than 60 industry and innovation leaders to discuss
how the private sector and Queensland Government could work
together to transition to a low – and ultimately zero –
carbon emissions economy.
The summit called on the experience and insight of the private
sector to advance a state-wide strategy for developing low carbon
opportunities in Queensland. The outcomes of the summit will inform
work currently underway to develop a Queensland Climate Transition
During the summit, Mark Baker-Jones, a partner at DibbsBarker,
facilitated a session of leaders in the Australian development
industry to meet with the Minister for Environment and Heritage
Protection. During the session, the delegates considered a set of
stand-alone principles for the development industry to encourage
safe, efficient, and adaptive development that addresses risks to
people and communities, the environment, infrastructure, and the
At the summit, the release of the Queensland Government's
Climate Adaption Strategy Directions Statement for public
consultation was also announced. Submissions can be made until 14
Brisbane City Council wants to make its buildings
To achieve its vision for best practice subtropical building
design, this week Brisbane City Council released its 'New World
City Design Guide – Buildings that Breathe'.
The non-statutory design guide focuses on new buildings within
higher density areas of the city, including the CBD, mixed-use
areas, regional centres, and transport corridors. It promotes
design that incorporates prevailing breezes, lush landscaping, and
features responsive to Brisbane's climate. It identifies easy
to understand design elements and examples for built environment
Along with the new design guide, Brisbane City Council has
commenced a new 'DesignSMART' pre-lodgement meeting service
to encourage collaborative design between developers and the
Council at an early stage of the development process.
Somerset Dam will start generating electricity again?
The Queensland Government has announced plans for a major
refurbishment to the hydro-electric power plant at Somerset Dam.
The plant began operating in 1954, converting the energy of running
water into a source of renewable energy, but ceased operating after
sustaining damage during the 2011 floods.
This decision was made as part of the chain of reforms and
initiatives undertaken by the Queensland Government to meet its
target of sourcing half of the state's energy from renewable
sources by 2030. The upgrade will see the plant restored to a
virtually new condition with increased energy generation
The plant is set to recommence operation by 2017.
The Queensland Planning and Environment Court made a costs
order against a neighbour who challenged a change to an
Steendyk v Brisbane City Council & Ors (No. 2)
 QPEC – last month we reported on the dismissal of an
application for declarations relating to the Brisbane City
Council's decision to approve a permissible change to a
development approval. The change related to veranda treatments to a
house, where the applicant was a neighbour alleging privacy
This week, submissions on costs were heard by the Court, and the
applicant (being the neighbour alleging privacy impacts) was
ordered to pay 75% of the costs of the second respondents (the
owners of the changed veranda).
The Court observed that the second respondents were wholly
successful in opposing the relief sought by the applicant, and that
they are private citizens who did not choose to participate in the
proceedings, and had no option but to protect their interests with
regard to their home. It was also relevant that the case did not
involve a matter of public interest, as the orders sought by the
applicant were concerned solely with his own personal interest.
The court did however reduce the costs awarded to the second
respondents by 25% to reflect costs resulting from an adjournment
of an earlier hearing and a summary judgment application.
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information. It should not be relied upon as legal advice. Formal
legal advice should be sought in particular transactions or on
matters of interest arising from this article. Authors listed may
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