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* Loreto Normanhurst wins conditional approval for $130-million redevelopment (21/10/2021)


* $128-million Trinity Grammar School redevelopment wins conditional approval (24/09/2021) 


* Hume Coal impacts 'too great to be reasonably managed', IPC finds (31/08/2021)


* Glebe Island concrete batching plant given go ahead (23/07/2021)

* Statement from the Commission: Dendrobium Extension Project (01/07/2021) 


* Update on Next Generation (NSW) Pty Ltd v Independent Planning Commission (Class 1 Application) Land and Environment Court Proceedings (30/06/2021)

Mirvac receives conditional nod for $708-million Harbourside revitalisation (25/06/2021)

Roseville College's $29.5-million sports centre gets tick of approval (18/06/2021)


* Statement from the Commission: The Next Generation Pty Ltd v IPC and others (19/05/2021)

IPC signs off on latest stage of Moorebank Intermodal Terminal (11/05/2021)

Statement from the Commission: Harbourside redevelopment, Darling Harbour (10/05/2021)

* PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: Roseville College Sport and Wellbeing Centre (10/05/2021)

IPC conditionally approves $82-million Moriah College redevelopment (06/05/2021)

New appointments to Independent Planning Commission, Mining and Petroleum Gateway Panel (06/05/2021)


* IPC conditionally approves 'reasonable Brownfield extension' to Mangoola mine (26/04/2021) 

Strict conditions imposed on Tahmoor Mine extension to improve environmental, social outcomes (23/04/2021)

$150-million residential tower to be built over new Sydney CBD metro station (14/04/2021)  


* $636-million solar project receives conditional IPC approval (25/03/2021)

Statement from the Commission: Request for advice on proposed listing of MLC Building, North Sydney, on state heritage register (18/03/2021)

IPC grants development consent for Blue Gum Community School (09/03/2021)

IPC approves new 630-student primary school for Cecil Hills (01/03/2021)


* PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: Sydney Metro - Pitt Street South Over Station Development (23/02/2021) 

$120-million Southern Tablelands solar farm receives IPC nod (19/02/2021)

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: Culcairn Solar Farm (11/02/2021) 

* PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: Mangoola Coal Continued Operations Project (11/02/20201)  

Mine expansion blocked by Commission over significant catchment concerns (05/02/2021)


* PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: Blue Gum Community School, Hornsby (19/01/2021)

Statement from the Commission: West Culburra Concept Proposal (15/01/2021)

IPC approves changes to Wahroonga Estate concept plan (13/01/2021)



* IPC greenlights $1.5 billion in renewables projects in 12 months (22/12/2020)

IPC concludes Maxwell Mine impacts can be mitigated, managed subject to conditions (22/12/2020)

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE:  Tahmoor South Coal Project (18/12/2020)

Public Meeting for Springdale Solar Farm Project postponed until New Year (18/12/2020)

Russell Vale Mine expansion gets the go ahead (08/12/2020)

Bonshaw Solar Farm receives IPC support (03/12/2020)

* PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE:  Springdale Solar Farm (03/12/2020) 


* Commission approves $400-million Walla Walla Solar Farm (27/11/2020)

Commission releases 2019-2020 Annual Report (18/11/2020)

Sand quarry receives conditional approval to extend operations (16/11/2020)

Concept plan for multimillion-dollar redevelopment of Greenwich Hospital gets green light (10/11/2020)

* PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE:  Dendrobium Extension Project (06/11/2020)

* PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE:  Jindera Solar Farm (06/11/2020)

Statement from the Commission: AQC Dartbrook Management Pty Ltd v Minister for Planning and Public Spaces (02/11/2020)


* Statement from the Commission: Deadline extended for public comment on Russell Vale Expansion Project (27/09/2020)


* IPC's phased approval of $3.6-billion Narrabri Gas Project comes with strict conditions (30/09/2020)

  - Read the Commission's 'Statement of Reasons for Decision'

  - View the Conditions of Consent for the Narrabri Gas Project

* ‘Gosford Alive' concept plan, stage one works get go ahead (25/09/2020)

* PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE:  Russell Vale Expansion Project (25/09/2020)

* PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE:  Dunmore Lakes Sand Extraction Project - Modification 2 (25/09/2020)

* PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE:  Greenwich Hospital Redevelopment (25/09/2020)

Commission welcomes acting Executive Director (25/09/2020)

Statement from the Commission regarding Edmondson Park Concept Approval MOD8 merits appeal proceedings (07/09/2020)

Commission extends deadline for submissions in relation to Dartbrook MOD 7 merits appeal  (04/09/2020)


Commission approves $150-million Central Coast Quarter development with key changes (24/08/2020)

  * Statement from the Commission: Narrabri Gas Project (14/08/2020)

  IPC imposes raft of conditions on its approval of $600-million Vickery mine extension (12/08/2020)

  Statement from the Commission regarding Dartbook Mod 7 merits appeal proceedings in Land & Environment Court  (11/08/2020)


* Strict new conditions imposed as IPC approves expansion of Brandy Hill Quarry (16/07/2020)

Narrabri Gas Project hearing will be extended to seven days after overwhelming public response (15/07/2020)


* Commission releases new Privacy Statement (29/06/2020)


* SCEGGS redevelopment wins partial approval but historic building must remain (22/05/2020)

$24.5-million student housing development receives Planning Commission's approval (21/05/2020)

Commission releases new addendum guidelines for public hearings, public meetings and site inspections during COVID-19 pandemic (18/05/2020)

Commission welcomes Minister's Statement of Expectations (14/05/2020)

Statement of Expectations for Independent Planning Commission (Minister Stokes' media release) (14/05/2020)


* Changes to public hearings and public meetings during COVID-19 (30/04/2020)

Waste facility receives approval for operational changes (29/04/2020)

$123-million Box Hill school project given the go-ahead (21/04/2020)

IPC reform program continues following Productivity Commission Review (07/04/2020)

Notice to objectors re. The Next Generation (NSW) Pty Ltd v Independent Planning Commission (NSW Land & Environment Court Proceedings) (03/04/2020)


* Changes to IPC public hearings, meetings due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidance (19/03/2020)

Commission approves some changes to Nords Wharf concept plan (12/03/2020)

Commission introduces new guidelines for public hearings (10/03/2020)

$768-million solar farm receives conditional approval from Commission (09/03/2020)

Statement from Commission: Vickery Extension Project (04/03/2020)

IPC approves pit extension for Hunter Valley coal mine (04/03/2020)


* Statement from Commission: KEPCO Bylong Australia v Independent Planning Commission (13/02/2020)

* Statement from Commission: Appointment of Peter Duncan AM as Acting Chair (03/02/2020)


  * Commission approves concept plan for $200-million InterContinental Hotel revamp (20/01/2020)



        * Ash dam extension signed-off by Independent Planning Commission (23/12/2019)

* Mundamia subdivision receives go-ahead (23/12/2019)


        * Qantas' multi-million-dollar flight training centre cleared for take-off (29/11/2019)

Sydney Zoo wins approval to extend opening hours for small-group tours, animal encounters (25/11/2019) 

Commission supports Planning Department's recommendation to refuse casino redevelopment (20/11/2019)

Operation Eclipse - Letter from ICAC Chief Commissioner to IPC Chair, Professor Mary O'Kane  (15/11/2019) 

* Edmondson Park car parking reduction refused by Commission (20/11/2019)


* Commission approves changes to Moorebank Precinct West Concept Plan (30/10/2019) 

Crookwell III Wind Farm refused development consent (25/10/2019)

Rix's Creek South Mine granted approval to operate until 2040 (12/10/2019)

Review of the Independent Planning Commission's operations (04/10/2019)

* Statement from Commission: Rix's Creek South Continuation of Mining Project (04/10/2019)

Commission approves $39-million Redfern student accommodation project (04/10/2019)

  Commission green-lights 30-storey Barangaroo tower (03/10/2019)


Bylong Coal Project refused development consent (18/09/2019)

  Commission approves 18-storey social housing project for Redfern (10/09/2019)


  Commission grants conditional approval to United Wambo Coal Project (29/08/2019)

  * Commission approves College's multi-million-dollar library renovations (27/08/2019)

'Mothballed' Dartbrook mine can restart operations but five-year extension refused (09/08/2019)


* Commission approves new $94-million solar farm for Gunnedah (25/07/2019)

Commission finalises advice to Minister on St Leonards South proposal (24/07/2019)

* Statement from Commission: Bylong Coal Project (22/07/2019) 

Varroville Crown Cemetery Development to proceed (15/07/2019)

Wallacia Crown Cemetery Development not to proceed  (12/07/2019)

* Tahmoor South Coal Project Public Hearing - CANCELLED (9/07/2019)


Reduction in Turbines, revised road design for Crudine Ridge wind farm approved (24/06/2019)

* Changes to Moolarben coal mine granted conditional approval (19/06/2019)

Commission grants nine-month extension to Rix's Creek mine approval (12/06/2019)

* Commission finds plans for new 226-metre North Sydney tower lack site-specific merit (07/06/2019)

The Commission releases its Community Participation Plan for public comment (04/06/2019)


* Hume Coal Report identifies key issues requiring further assessment (27/05/2019)

Commission signs off modifications to Boggabri coal mine approval (27/05/2019)

$649-million Cockle Bay redevelopment approved as Commission allays overshadowing concerns (13/05/2019)

* Changes to koala management plan for Kings Forest development approved (8/05/2019)


        * Vickery Extension report identifies key issues requiring "detailed consideration" (30/04/2019)

Changes to Narrawallee subdivision approved with conditions to preserve green space (16/04/2019)  


* Statement from the Commission: Public meeting on proposed cemetery at Varroville - change of venue (21/03/2019)  

Expanded Shell Cove development wins conditional approval (18/03/2019)

Plans for Redfern residential towers lack merit, Commission finds (13/03/2019)

Commission puts strict consent conditions on permanent home for Falls, Splendour (13/03/2019)

Commission gives go-ahead to $200-million Gunnedah solar farm (12/03/2019)

Commission approves high-rise student accommodation for "The Block" (04/03/2019)


* Statement from the Commission: Varroville: Request for advice on proposed listing on State Heritage Register (25/02/2019)

Full steam ahead for locomotive workshop redevelopment after IPC approval (22/02/2019)

Commission recommends against changing Castle Hill Showground planning controls (08/02/2019)


        * Commission approves changes to proposed redevelopment of Channel Nine site (31/01/2019)

Don't miss chance to have your say on Vickery Extension Project (24/01/2019)

Deadline nears for applications to speak at United Wambo public meeting (24/01/2019)

Commission recommends Belrose land not be rezoned due to bushfire risk  (22/01/2019)

* Commission approves revised plan for Magenta Shores development (10/01/2019)



* Changes to Sunrise mine approved with strict conditions (19/12/2018)

Vickery hearing postponed due to unprecedented community interest (17/12/2018)

* Statement from the Commission on Vickery Extension Project (13/12/2018)

Public meeting for United Wambo Project rescheduled (12/12/2018)

Statement from the Commission on United Wambo Open Cut Coal Mine project and associated modifications (11/12//2018)

Changes to Yass Valley Wind Farm receive conditional approval (10/12/2018)

Statement from the Commission on Vickery Extension Project (07/12/2018)


Commission backs simpler approval pathways for Luna Park rides, amusements (23/11/2018)


* Independent Planning Commission releases its 2017-18 Annual Report (29/10/2018)

* IPC concludes Kensington and Kingsford Gateway Determination Review (29/10/2018)

* Commission rejects West Culburra development due to environmental concerns (17/10/2018)

* Tahmoor mine receives conditional approval to expand subsidence footprint (15/10/2018)

* Commission to hold public meeting on Bylong Coal Project (09/10/2018)

* $97-million redevelopment of Loreto School receives tick of approval (03/10/2018)

Commission upholds gateway ruling on Bellingen Council's blueberry plans (02/10/2018)


        * Commission rejects South Coast golf course proposal due to water hazards (26/09/2018)

* Barangaroo Public Domain works approved but no construction exclusion zones in Hickson Park (11/09/2018)


        * Commission finds merit in expanding Rix's Creek Mine but recommends more info on impacts needed (31/08/2018)

* Concept plan for Shepherds Bay development modified to allow serviced apartments (31/08/2018)

New conditions imposed on Ashton South East Mine (27/08/2018)

* Independent Planning Commission approves extension of Mt Pleasant Mine (24/08/2018)


Commission to hold public meetings on major Culburra development applications  (24/07/2018)

Energy-from-waste facility refused due to 'uncertain' health, environmental impacts (19/07/2018)

* Overshadowing controls on high-rise tower 'appropriate, should be retained': IPC  (02/07/2018) 


IPC delegated Minister's functions for two new cemetery development applications (14/06/2018)

*  Changes to residential development on former Rachel Forster Hospital site approved  (08/06/2018)

*  Public Hearing as Rix's Creek Mine seeks new lease of life (05/06/2018)


Sand quarry poses no PFAS risk, can proceed with strict conditions: IPC (09/05/2018)

*  Scaled-back Bango Wind Farm approved with conditions (02/05/2018)


Major expansion of Cronulla Sharks' development gets go-ahead (19/04/2018)

Impacts from Integra mine modifications can be managed: Commission (17/04/2018)

Energy from waste facility referred to Commission for determination (11/04/2018)

Cobaki modification rejected (06/04/2018)


Expanded United Wambo mine 'has merit' but more information on impacts needed: Review (27/03/2018)

Jupiter Wind Farm proposal withdrawn (16/03/2018)


PAC approves Singleton mine modification with strict conditions (28/02/2018)

*  Invincible Colliery Southern Extension Modification 5 (Fact Sheet) (Determined 02/02/2018)


*  Moorebank Intermodal Precinct East Stage 2 and Concept Plan MOD 2 - D495/17 (Determined 31/01/2018) 

Fact Sheet Moorebank

* Shoalhaven Starches Ethanol Expansion Project MOD 13 (Determined 18/01/2018)

- Link to Determination Report



* Port Waratah Coal Services Terminal 4 MOD 1 - D496/17 (Determined 6/12/2017)

- Link to Determination Report

* Rocky Hill Coal Project Stratford Extension Project MOD 1 - D489/17 (Determined 12/12/2017)

- Fact Sheet Rocky Hill Coal Project

* Beryl Solar Farm - D488/17 (Determined 05/12/2017)

- Fact Sheet Beryl Solar Farm

* Mortdale Resource Recovery Facility, Hearne Street Mortdale - D494/17 (Determined 20/12/2017)

- Fact Sheet Mortdale Resource Recovery Facility SSD 7421

* Wambo Coal Mine MOD 17 - D493/17 (Determined 20/12/2017)

- Wambo MOD 17 Fact Sheet


*  Pilliga Narrabri CSG Study Tour

-  Pilliga CSG study tour notes

*  Modification to Old Clare Hotel Block 3A Central Park Project Approval - D487/17 (Determined 27/11/2017)

-  Fact Sheet_Old Clare Hotel_MOD 3


*  Kurnell Refinery Conversion Works MOD 2 - D486/17 (Determined 27/10/2017)

-  Link to Kurnell Refinery Determination Report

*  Modification to Edmondson Park South Concept Plan MOD 4 - D479/17 (Determined 12/10/2017)

-  Edmondson Park South MOD 4 Fact Sheet


*  Integra to Mount Owen Complex Water Pipeline MOD 1 and MOD 7 - D481/17 (Determined 15/09/2017)

-  Link to Integra to Mount Owen Determination Report

*  Blue Scope Steel Paint Line Facility MOD 6 Erskine Park D480/17 (Determined 12/09/2017)

-  Link to Blue Scope Steel Determination Report

*  Wetherill Park Transfer Station, 20 Davis Road, Wetherill Park SSD 7267 - D478/17 (Determined 11/09/2017)

-  Link to Wetherill Park Transfer Station Determination Report

* Shoalhaven Starches Ethanol Expansion Project MOD 11 and MOD 12 - D477/17 (Determined 01/09/2017)

-  Link to Shoalhaven Determination Report

*  Building R4A and Building R4B Barangaroo South - D475/17 (Determined 07/09/2017)

-  Link to Barangaroo South Determination Report

*  Cultural Events Site, Tweed Valley Way and Jones Road Yelgun - D474/17 (Determined 12/09/2017)

-  1 Summary Fact Sheet


*  Cobaki Estate Project MOD 4 - D476/17 (Determined 31/08/2017)

-  Link to Cobaki Determination Report

*  GIPA Request Gunlake Quarry Extension Project / LEC Appeal (2017 /0010866)

-  Request letter

-  Decision Letter


*  The Dan Land Residential Subdivision MOD 3 - D473/17 (Determined 04/07/2017)

-  Link to the Dan Land Determination Report


*  Australian Technology Park MOD 1 - D472/17 (Determined 26/06/2017)

-  Link to ATP Determination Report

*  Mangoola Coal Project MOD 8 - D471/17 (Determined 14/06/2017)

-  Link to Mangoola Determination Report

*  Request for Gateway Review to Rezone land from RU2 Rural Landscape to R5 Large Lot Residential The Oaks Wollondilly - A078/17 (Completed 19/06/2017)

-  Link to Advice and Recommendation

*  Stamford Grand Redevelopment Macquarie Park MOD 9 - D470/17 (Determined 01/06/2017)

-  Link to Stamford Determination Report

*  Ministerial call-in request Royal North Shore Hospital Health Administration Building MCI 8199 - A077/17 (Completed 02/06/2017)

-  Link to Advice and Recommendation

*  GIPA Request:  Wilpinjong (Second Request)

- Request Letter

Decision Letter

 *  GIPA Request:  Narrabri CSG

-  Request Letter

-  Acknowledgement Letter

-  Decision Letter

-  IPCN Presentation Final GLNG trip

-  CSG Study Trip Notes

-  David McNamara Diary

-  Environmental Authority Approval Process

-  Meeting with Queensland Government Minutes

-  Narrabri CSG Agendas Santos

-  Narrabri CSG Agendas QLD GOVT

-  NSW Commissioner Tour


-  IPCN Visit Inbox_Redacted

-  Pages from 03 Project Description Section 3 FINAL PUBLIC

-  QLD Govt Outbox_Redacted

-  QLD Govt INBOX Redacted

-  Santos Inbox_Redacted

-  Santos Outbox_Redacted

-  Map

Previous GIPA Requests

*  Moorebank Intermodal Terminal

-  Request Letter

-  Response Letter

*  Wilpinjong (First Request)

-  Request Letter

-  Decision Letter

-  Weekly IPCN Reports

-  Agency Redacted

-  Agency Redacted1

-  Agencies Redacted2

-  Agencies Redacted3

*  Biala Wind Farm

-  Request Letter

-  Interim Response Letter

-  Response Letter