Profile of Emily Johnstone

Emily Johnstone


About Emily Johnstone

Emily is an environment and planning specialist, with particular experience advising on environmental impact assessments, land use and development approvals, tenure and access issues, cultural heritage and native title.

Emily advises developer, operator and investor clients across all phases of the project life cycle, from project design, approval strategies and rezonings, to operational compliance issues, divestments and disputes. Her recent work includes advising on the development of offshore wind farms in Victoria, and on nuisance claims relating to noise.

Emily also has broad experience providing advice to industrial and resources clients on environmental liability matters, including closure, rehabilitation and redevelopment of land, EPA investigations and enforcement measures, pollution incidents and legacy contamination issues, and the management, transport and disposal of hazardous waste.

Emily works primarily across the energy, resources, industrials, water and urban development sectors for both private and government authority clients.

Emily's relevant experience includes advising:

  • Acciona Energy – on planning approval processes, environmental requirements and land tenure arrangements for Acciona's wind farm projects in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.
  • Confidential clients – advising various mining, industrials and renewable energy clients on to respond to regulatory notices and investigations relating to environmental incidents, licensing and planning law contraventions.
  • Ford – on the divestment of its former manufacturing facilities in Broadmeadows and Geelong in Victoria.
  • Iberdrola – on its investment in, and construction of, the Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park in South Australia, which includes both a solar and wind facility.
  • AGL – on planning and environmental approvals, native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage issues for the sale of the Nyngan and Broken Hill Solar Farms (NSW) and the Coopers Gap Wind Farm (QLD) to the Powering Australian Renewables Fund.
  • AGL – on the sale of its equity interest in the 420MW Macarthur Wind Farm.
  • Melbourne Water – on various matters relating to the exercise of Melbourne Water's statutory powers, development service schemes and rezoning processes.
  • Compulsory acquisition compensation matters – advising affected landowners and businesses on compensation issues and development strategy in relation to acquisition of their land for major Victorian transport and health projects.
  • LOGOS – advising LOGOS on site contamination issues and the redevelopment of land at two current and proposed logistics sites in western Melbourne.
  • Spark Consortium – advising on environment, planning and Aboriginal heritage aspects of its successful bid to deliver the North East Link Project on behalf of the Victorian Government.
  • Confidential clients – on approvals strategies, environmental liabilities and land tenure issues in connection with significant mines and power stations in South Australia.
  • Bald Hills Wind Farm – advising on the development and operation of the Bald Hills Wind Farm in South Gippsland.
  • South East Water – advising on site selection, land assembly and planning approvals for proposed new infrastructure in inner Melbourne.
  • Ranger Uranium Mine – advising ERA on regulatory and approval matters for its Ranger Uranium Mine project, including closure and rehabilitation of the mine site and redevelopment of the Jabiru township.