Published 12th Jun 19 1:00 AM
We invite you to join us for breakfast with informative presentations and a Q&A session.

Rocky Hill case presentation

The recent judgement in the NSW Land and Environment Court on the Rocky Hill case was the first since the Paris Agreement to reject a mine based on its climate change impacts. The Court found that carbon emissions from the mine will contribute to global warming, such that approving it will not assist in achieving the rapid and deep reductions in emissions needed in order to meet Australia’s Paris targets. Significantly, the Court held that it was not important that emissions from the mine would be a fraction of global total emissions, noting that the global problem of climate change needs to be addressed by multiple local actions to mitigate emissions. The Court also found that the Rocky Hill coal project will cause a variety of serious negative social impacts to the Gloucester community, including visual, noise and dust impacts, and significant impacts to Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, stating that the mine will severely impact on people’s sense of place.

Join us for breakfast and a seminar by barrister Robert White and a Q&A session regarding the details of this landmark case.


Robert White is an experienced environmental law barrister. In 2013 Robert acted for the successful Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association in the landmark Warkworth case, in which the Chief Judge of the Land & Environment Court, following a 3 week merits appeal, refused development consent for an extension to the open cut coal mine at Warkworth-Mount Thorley. In 2018 he acted for Groundswell Gloucester in a Class 1 merits appeal before Preston CJ opposing the Rocky Hill open cut coal mine. He regularly acts in coastal erosion litigation, and town planning litigation, including Class 1 appeals. Robert acts in litigation in Class 8 of the Land and Environment Court’s jurisdiction, arising out of disputes concerning rights under the Mining Act.

Registration from 7.15am, presentation starts at 7.30 am followed by breakfast and networking.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be given for any cancellations made one week prior to the event. Cancellations made less than one week but more than 24 hours prior to the forum will attract a 50% penalty. Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to forum will attract the full 100% attendance fee. Delegates unable to attend are welcome to send an alternative delegate.

Event details

When: 28 June 2019

Where: Hunt & Hunt
Level 13 - 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney

Cost: Members $30 / Non-members $60 / Student member $20

Registrations Open: 12th Jun 19 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 28th Jun 19 9:30 AM

Places Available: 7

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Published 12th Jun 19 1:00 AM