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Environmental law is concerned with the sustainable and sensitive use and development of land and the regulation of potentially contaminated land. Environmental law in Australia provides that certain environmental protections apply over areas of natural importance and value, meaning that those wishing to use that land require prior approval. Environmental protections usually do not apply to individuals living on residential blocks of land.
Environment law addresses a broad range of conservation and environmental protection issues. This includes active protection of existing environments by preventing the destruction or degradation of certain areas of native vegetation. Environmental controls identify and regulate activities which are considered potentially polluting, such as intensive animal industry, mining and metal production and other types of intensive manufacturing activities. These activities usually require prior environmental approvals to ensure that they do not go on to damage or pollute the surrounding environment. Environment law is also concerned with the protection of cultural heritage sites. These are significant historical sites relevant to both Aboriginal and European cultural heritage. This may include an important colonial homestead, or an aboriginal midden or sacred site.
If you are considering engaging in a commercial development of business activity which may affect the surrounding environment or is already considered to be an intensive potentially polluting activity, it is important to seek further advice concerning the relevant environmental approvals which may be required.