Debra Townsend

Debra Townsend

Debra specialises in environment and planning and is experienced in both litigation and commercial property work. Debra has provided advice on all aspects of environmental, town planning and local government law, and has also advised extensively on environmental due diligence audits and in relation to the compulsory acquisition of land.


  • Advising in relation to planning and environmental approvals at State, local and federal level for projects ranging from greenfields industrial developments in Western Sydney, waste treatment in Newcastle, aged housing in Northern Sydney and land release adjoining the ACT
  • Litigation concerning contaminated landfill at sites including Homebush Bay, Oyster Cove and Alexandria
  • Acting in relation to the proposed rehabilitation and residential redevelopment of a number of major contaminated sites in the Sydney area
  • Advising in relation to regulatory approvals for significant remediation projects including groundwater capture and treatment, sediment dredging, treatment and encapsulation and soil treatment projects
  • Acting in environmental compliance litigation in the Land and Environment Court
  • Acting for both landowners and acquiring authorities in relation to the compulsory acquisition of land.


Legal insights

The NSW Court of Appeal has been busy lately addressing matters relating to the modification of a development consent in NSW which the development world had no idea were issues.

13 August 2021

As a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis, the Victorian Government has delayed the implementation of The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (the new Act). The EPA reform unit has announced that...

24 June 2020

Following emergency legislative changes that were passed through Queensland and New South Wales Parliaments giving new planning powers, Victoria has followed suit with a state-wide amendment to the...

15 April 2020

Wambo has been approved by the IPC on the condition of preparing an Export Management Plan intended to minimise the Scope 3 GHGEs produced by the Project.

05 September 2019

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