The EDO Qld is hosting a free public workshop presented by Brisbane barrister Dr Chris McGrath providing an overview for effectively engaging with the Queensland planning system.
The workshop will include 5 short lectures and discussion on the following topics, as well as helpful activities:
- A quick roadmap for Queensland’s planning and other environmental laws – how everything fits together
- Not black magic: practical tips for statutory interpretation – how to avoid being overwhelmed by complexity
- Navigating planning schemes – a helpful overview of where to look for what you need to know in a planning scheme
- Development assessment – understanding the various stages of development assessment
- Practical tips for taking action to protect the environment in court – what to know about your rights to go to court on planning matters
EDO Qld will also be launching the most recent update to the Community Litigants Handbook, an invaluable guide to planning appeals including updated information to reflect the new Planning Act 2016 (Qld).
The workshop will provide a chance to review and provide comment on how existing online materials for community education can be improved, particularly:
- EDO’s factsheets;
- the Queensland Law Handbook chapter on environmental law;
- Chris’ website, Environmental Law Australia; and
- use of online quizzes as an educational tool.
Please bring a computer or smartphone so you can be online during the workshop.
About the presenter:
Dr Chris McGrath is a Brisbane barrister and creator of the community education website, Environmental Law Australia. He has a strong professional interest in de-mystifying the law and community legal education. From 2010-2016 he taught environmental regulation, including planning law, to non-lawyers at the University of Queensland.
Thank you to Griffith University for their support in sponsoring a venue for this event.
A map of Griffith University South Bank campus can be found here: https://www162.griffith.edu.au/public/campus-maps/building-locations-map-sbc.pdf