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The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment recognises the need for important decisions to be made in an open and transparent manner.

This Register lists contacts between our staff and registered lobbyists (those listed on the NSW Electoral Commission’s Register of Third Party Lobbyists) in relation to significant matters. This Contact Register is kept in accordance with the Lobbying of Government Official Act 2011 and the related NSW Lobbyists Code of Conduct which provide a framework for managing interactions with lobbyists.

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Murray Irrigation district

Project / Issue / Location Murray Irrigation district
Date 18 May 2021
Registered Lobbyist Richardson Coutts Pty Ltd
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity Richardson Coutts Pty Ltd
Organisations / Individuals Represented Murray Irrigation
Subject Matter System optimisation project opportunities in Murray Irrigation district.
Primary Outcome

Murray Irrigation have a number of projects that are at various stages of concept development and planning. The Barmah Millewa Choke optimisation project is furthest progressed.

Water Infrastructure NSW (WINSW) noted that there are opportunities for funding through the National Water Grid Authority (NWGA) for both Strategic and Final Business Cases, and for Construction. WINSW discussed the NWGA process including timing of applications, need for the State to be the proponent of both the funding application and the funding agreement, and funding percentage agreements.

WINSW noted that the Commonwealth are open to bringing forward projects that result in efficiencies, and that we would support the Barmah Choke project being further scoped. WINSW confirmed that we can assist Murray Irrigation through providing templates from NWGA and providing support and advice to Murray Irrigation when filling in the applications.

Murray Irrigation agreed to provide further information to WINSW on proposed projects.

Contact Type

Somersby Regional Gateway

Project / Issue / LocationSomersby Regional Gateway
Date21 April 2021
Registered LobbyistBerge Okosdinossian
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityCT Group
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedWCTV Pty Ltd
Subject MatterReview process and submissions to the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036, specifically in the context of the Somersby Regional Gateway.
Primary Outcome

CT Group provided background on a proposal for land within the Somersby Regional Gateway, outlining the planning process to date, rationale and benefits of the proposal, and key considerations for its future planning. The key matter related to strategic alignment with the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036. CT Group sought advice regarding opportunities to collaborate and provide feedback through the scheduled review of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036, specifically in relation to their clients’ land.

DPIE provided advice on:

  • The status of the Central Coast Regional Plan review project which is in the a preliminary scoping stage.
  • The directions of the current plan that would be considered for a potential planning proposal at Old Sydney Town. In particular direction 9, 10 and 11 noted the value of agricultural and resource land west of the M1 Pacific Motorway for the State economy.
  • Importance of ensuring consistency with Ministerial Directions as well as the Central Coast Regional Plan.

The proponent agreed to continue to work with Council to ensure the proposal adequately considered the strategic planning framework and responded to site-specific matters.

Contact TypeOnline Teams Meeting

Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsular Place-based infrastructure Compact

Project / Issue / LocationGreater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula Place-based Infrastructure Compact
Date10 December 2020
Registered LobbyistOrganised by Ilana Waldman, Special Counsel, Premier National
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityPremier National
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedBillbergia
Subject MatterGreater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula Place-based Infrastructure Compact
Primary OutcomeA meeting was held to discuss the timing of the Government’s response to the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula Place-based Infrastructure Compact (PIC) and the potential for a new metro station at Camellia (with the station box to be funded by developers).
Contact TypeOnline meeting (Microsoft Teams)

Options for design excellence for the Winter Sports World

Project / Issue / Location Options for design excellence for the Winter Sports World
Date 22 October 2020
Registered Lobbyist Organised by Kerry Chikarovski, Chikarovski & Associates
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity Chikarovski & Associates
Organisations / Individuals Represented Chikarovski & Associates
Subject Matter Meeting has been facilitated between the proponent, the Council, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and the Government architect to work through the options for design excellence for the Winter Sports World
Primary Outcome

NSW Government Architect (GA) advised proponent a design competition (national or international) would produce the best outcome for achieving design excellence.

GA would consider proponent partnering with an architect experienced in large scale projects in private consultation as an alternative to a design competition

(if Council agreed to the process). GA concerned that due to the complexity of the proposal that not having a design competition, design excellence would not be achieved.

GA advised design competition produces better design results compared to a design panel who assesses designs of one architect.

Council stated that they will be guided by GA advice for how to achieve design excellence because of the size and significance of the proposal on the local area.

DPIE advised they will be guided by the GA’s decision for the design process pathway

The proponent seeks an alternative design process pathway other than a design competition due to the cost and delay associated with holding a design competition and the potential risk of losing intellectual property incorporated in the design elements having to provide external architects access through a design competition process.

GA – providing proponent scenario’s acceptable to the GA to achieve design excellence.

Contact TypeOnline meeting (Microsoft Teams)

Potential development for 23 Rooty Hill Road, 2 Mavis Street & 7 Dunsmore Street, Rooty Hill

Project / Issue / LocationPotential development for 23 Rooty Hill Road, 2 Mavis Street and 7 Dunsmore Street, Rooty Hill
Date13 October 2020
Registered LobbyistOrganised by Andrew Humphries (did not attend the meeting)
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityBarton Deakin
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedCentral Coast Building with Ethos Urban and Arcadia Landscape Architecture
Subject MatterPotential development south of Rooty Hill Station. The proponent is seeking to rezone the site for commercial uses from its primarily residential zoning.
Primary Outcome

DPIE provided an overview of strategic planning of the wider GPEC Investigation Area. Advice was that if the development were to proceed the likely planning pathway would be as Planning Proposal to be submitted to Blacktown Council.

Staff from Blacktown Council re-iterated previous advice issued to the proponent primarily related to site access and flooding.

Contact TypeOnline meeting (Microsoft Teams)

Planning Proposal 2019EC1013-67 75 Lords Road, Leichhardt

Project / Issue / LocationPlanning Proposal 2019ECI013 – 67-75 Lords Road, Leichhardt
Date23 July 2020
Registered LobbyistKerry Chikarovksi
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityKerry Chikarovski & Associates
Organisations / Individuals Represented
  • George Revay, Director, Platino
  • Paula Mottek, Urban Planning Manager, Platino
  • Sam Haddad, Principal, SG Haddad Advisory
Subject MatterPlanning Proposal 2019ECI013 – 67-75 Lords Road, Leichhardt
Primary Outcome

Platino sought advice on status on reviewing the Parramatta Road Corridor Strategy.  The Coordinator General explained that the PDU’s roles was to facilitate progress, rather than acting as the project owner.

The Coordinator General agreed to:

  • Discuss likely timing of finalising the transport study, with TNSW.
  • Engage with relevant senior staff in DPIE about expediting the process towards decision for the proposal.
  • Seek Clarification on the progress of the Parramatta Road Corridor Strategy.
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Discussion of st Leonards South Stage 2

Project / Issue / LocationDiscussion of St Leonards South Stage 2
Date22 July 2020
Registered LobbyistKerry Chikarovksi
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityKerry Chikarovksi & Associates
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedColin Rockliff, Planning Director, Greaton
Subject MatterDiscussion of St Leonards South Stage 2
Primary Outcome

The Coordinator General provided an overview of the Planning Delivery Unit, which has been established to work with agencies to remove blockages and resolve issues for identified planning projects already in the system and under assessment so that decisions on projects can be made more quickly.

Coordinator General to investigate process of the project within DPIE.

Contact TypeMeeting

Cecil & Roger Avenue, Castle Hill Planning Proposal

Project / Issue / LocationCecil & Roger Avenue, Castle Hill Planning Proposal
Date6 December 2019
Registered LobbyistIan Hancock – Managing Director
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityPremier National
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedMerc Capital and Affiliated Companies
Subject MatterProgression of Planning Proposal
Primary OutcomeAdvice provided on progress of the matter. It was agreed the next step was a meeting with Transport for NSW, Council, the Department and the proponent.
Contact TypeMeeting – In Person

Investment in Water Infrastructure in NSW, DPIE Office, The Rocks

Project / Issue / Location Investment in Water Infrastructure In NSW, DPIE Office, The Rocks
Date 4 March 2020
Registered Lobbyist Richardson Coutts Pty Ltd
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity Richardson Coutts Pty Ltd
Organisations / Individuals Represented Water Utilities Australia
Subject Matter Private (superannuation fund) investment in water infrastructure in NSW
Primary Outcome

Water Utilities Australia (WUA) provided background on its organisation and ideas for investment in water infrastructure in NSW. WUA facilitates investment by superannuation funds in water utilities that receive a regulated return on assets/investment.

The department indicated that it would refer WUA’s proposal to the department’s reform division to determine whether it had merit or whether WUA should be referred to the unsolicited proposal process managed by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The department noted that if the proposal merited further investigation it would be in the context of NSW Government policies, including procurement policies.

The department advised WUA that the government is committed to council owned local water utilities.

Contact Type Meeting

Mid Coast Council - Growing Local Economies

Project / Issue / LocationMid Coast Council - Growing Local Economies
DateFriday 27 March 2020
Registered LobbyistCara Dale
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityC2Hills Consultancy
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedMid-Coast Council
Subject MatterGrowing Local Economies (GLE) Program and potential infrastructure projects
Primary Outcome

Regional NSW advised that the GLE Fund is currently paused and to check website and other communications for updates.

At the request of C2Hills and Council, Regional NSW will seek a contact point in the Housing Acceleration Fund (HAF).

Apart from the potential contact point, no further action will be undertaken in regard to this meeting

Contact TypeSkype

DPIE and Tilt Renewables

Project / Issue / LocationDPIE and Tilt Renewables
Date19 February 2020
Registered LobbyistSpring Street Advisory – Ken McAlpine
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity 
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedTilt Renewables
Subject MatterDPIE and Tilt Renewables
Primary Outcome

DPIE provided information on:

  • The Energy Infrastructure unit’s work program,
  • The NSW Electricity Strategy; and
  • The NSW Government commitment to develop Renewable Energy Zones (REZ), starting with a 3000 MW Pilot Central-West REZ.

Tilt Renewables provided:

  • A Company Profile;
  • Information on key Tilt Renewables projects under development;
  • Information on Tilt Renewables Stakeholder engagement and benefit sharing practices;
  • Feedback on challenges and opportunities for renewable energy project developers; and
  • Feedback on NSW REZ delivery model outlined in the NSW Electricity Strategy.
Contact TypeMeeting

Lendlease engagement with NSW Government

Project / Issue / LocationLendlease engagement with NSW Government
Date23 October 2019
Registered LobbyistAnthony Benscher
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityBarton Deakin Pty Ltd
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedLendlease
Subject MatterTo discuss Lendlease’s engagement with NSW Government
Primary OutcomeGeneral discussion about Lendlease.  No further action.
Contact TypeMeeting

Status of the Department's response

Project / Issue / LocationStatus of the Department's response
Date20 September 2019
Registered LobbyistKerry Chikarovski
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityPlatino Properties
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedLord Rd
Subject MatterAdvice provided on progress to the rezoning review for Lords Rd, Leichardt.
Primary OutcomeParties agreed to reconvene
Contact TypePhone call

Native Vegetation Compliance and Land Management

Project / Issue / LocationNative Vegetation Compliance and Land Management
Date22 August 2019
Registered LobbyistAdam Le Lievre
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityNewgate Communications
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedNorthern NSW Agricultural Alliance (NNAA)
Subject MatterNative vegetation compliance and land management
Primary OutcomeAdvice provided on compliance policy for native vegetation cases. The Department will consider the issues raised by the NNAA.
Contact Type

Carter Street Precinct

Project / Issue / Location Carter Street Precinct
Date 24 January 2019
Registered Lobbyist Mitch Corn
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity CT International and Corporate Advisory C|T Group
Organisations / Individuals Represented AYMCI
Subject Matter Post-exhibition landowner briefing for the Carter Street Precinct
Primary Outcome Advice provided on progress : The Department will review matters raised by the landowners as part of preparing advice to the Minister on the finalisation of the Plan.
Contact Type Meeting
Project / Issue / Location Carter Street Precinct
Date 25 October 2018
Registered Lobbyist Mitch Corn, Michael Teoh
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity C|T Group
Organisations / Individuals Represented AYMCI
Subject Matter Follow up meeting in relation to the exhibition of the draft revised master plan and planning controls for the Carter St
Primary Outcome Advice provided on progress, Additional information to be sought/provided : AYMCI to make a formal submission to exhibition of the draft plans for the Carter Street Precinct by COB Friday 26 October 2018.
Contact Type Meeting
Project / Issue / Location Carter Street Precinct
Date 19 October 2018
Registered Lobbyist Mitch Corn
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity C|T Group
Organisations / Individuals Represented SAL
Subject Matter Exhibition of the draft revised master plan and planning controls for the Carter Street Precinct
Primary Outcome Advice provided on progress, Additional information to be sought/provided : Landowner to lodge formal submission on the proposed controls by close of business 26 October 2018.
Contact Type Meeting
Project / Issue / Location Carter Street Precinct
Date 9 October 2018
Registered Lobbyist Mitch Corn, Michael Teoh
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity C|T Group
Organisations / Individuals Represented YMCI
Subject Matter Landowner briefing for the exhibition of the draft revised master plan and planning controls for the Carter Street Precinct.
Primary Outcome Advice provided on progress, Parties to reconvene : Further meeting to be arranged during exhibition period with AYMCI to discuss the proposed controls applying to the site, and submission lodged with DPE by close of business 26 October 2018.
Contact Type Meeting

St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plan - Exhibition Meeting

Project / Issue / LocationSt Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plan - Exhibition Meeting
Date19  December 2018
Registered LobbyistKerry Chikarovski
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityChikarovski and Associates
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedJemalong Pty Ltd
Subject MatterSt Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plan - Exhibition Meeting
Primary OutcomeAdvice provided on progress, No further action :
Contact TypeMeeting

Hunter Regional Plan

Project / Issue / Location Hunter Regional Plan
Date 7 June 2018
Registered Lobbyist Kerry Chikarosvski
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity Chikarosvski
Organisations / Individuals Represented Chikarosvski and Associates
Subject Matter Lochinvar potential development site
Primary Outcome Referral for discussion with another party : Next steps to meet with Council (likely early July) to discuss the local strategy review process
Contact Type Meeting

Department's refusal of the Planning Proposal for Lords Road (PP 2016_LEICH 022_00)

Project / Issue / Location Department’s refusal of the Planning Proposal for Lords Road (PP 2016_LEICH 022_00)
Date 11 April 2018
Registered Lobbyist Kerry Chikarovski
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity Chikarovski and Associates
Organisations / Individuals Represented Platino Properties
Subject Matter Lords Road (PP 2016_LEICH 022_00)
Primary Outcome No further action : Department provided advice on process.
Contact Type Meeting

Eastern Sydney region

Project / Issue / Location Eastern Sydney Region
Date 6 April 2018
Registered Lobbyist Mitchell Corn , Michael Teoh
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity Crosby Textor
Organisations / Individuals Represented 
Subject Matter Crosby Textor provided an update regarding various projects in Eastern Sydney region as described below.
Primary Outcome No further action
Contact Type Meeting

Chatswood CBD Strategy, St Leonards South, Bushels Factory Redevelopment, Concord and Gladesville (Dexus site)

Project / Issue / LocationChatswood CBD Strategy, St Leaonards South, Bushels Factory Redevelopment, Concord and Gladesville (Dexus site)
Date6 April 2018
Registered Lobbyist 
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityCrosby Textor Research Strategies Results Pty Ltd
Organisations / Individuals Represented 
Subject Matter 
Primary OutcomeNo further action
Contact TypeMeeting

Underground Life Extension Mod (Mod 7) DA 231 - 7 - 2003 MOD 7)

Project / Issue / LocationUnderground Life Extension Mod (Mod 7) DA 231 - 7 - 2003 MOD 7)
Date5 April 2018
Registered LobbyistHellen Georgopoulos
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityLyndon George Pty Ltd
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedHunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association
Subject MatterProgress of the application
Primary OutcomeAdvice provided on progress : DPE advised that the modification application had been lodged, but an EA had not yet been received.
Contact TypeMeeting

Sydney, Newcastle

Project / Issue / LocationSydney, Newcastle
Date28 November 2017
Registered LobbyistKerry Chikarovski
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityKerry Chikarovski
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedSpacecon Consortia
Subject MatterHigh Speed Rail, Sydney - Newcastle and Smart Cities
Primary OutcomeNo further action. Meeting complete.
Contact TypeMeeting

Renewable energy in NSW

Project / Issue / LocationRenewable energy in NSW
Date1 November 2017
Registered LobbyistBerge Okosdinossian, Jonathon Flegg
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityCT International and Corporate Advisory Group Pty Ltd
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedCT Group
Subject MatterRenewable energy in NSW
Primary OutcomeNo further action
Contact TypeMeeting

Mt Pleasant

Project / Issue / LocationMt Pleasant
Date24 October 2017
Registered LobbyistHellen Georgopoulos
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityLyndon George PL
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedHTBA
Subject MatterMt Pleasant Coal Mine, Drayton South, Dartbrook mine
Primary OutcomeAdvice provided on progress of the matter or assessment, No further action : HTBA expressed its concerns over current modification applications at Mount Pleasant and prospective applications at Dartbrook.
Contact TypeMeeting

Carter Street Planned Precinct and progress on the Kings HillUrban release area VPA agreeemnt

Project / Issue / LocationCarter Street Planned Precinct
Date13 October 2017
Registered LobbyistMitchell Corn
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityC/T International and Corporate Advisory
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedYMCI Corporation
Subject MatterTo discuss the Carter Street Planned Precinct, and progress on the Kings Hill Urban Release area VPA agreement.
Primary OutcomeNo further action
Contact TypeMeeting

Marine Refuelling and Supply Facility, White Bay

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Registered Lobbyist Business Entity 
Organisations / Individuals Represented 
Subject Matter 
Primary Outcome 
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White Bay 6 compliance

Project / Issue / Location White Bay 6 compliance
Date8 August 2017
Registered LobbyistNick Melas
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityProfile Consulting (Aust) Pty Ltd
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedRozelle Bay Pty Ltd
Subject MatterWhite Bay 6 compliance
Primary OutcomeMeeting/phone call declined :
Contact TypePhone call

Martin Musgrave

Project / Issue / Location Local govt policies on state housing policies and targets
Date 8 August 2017
Registered Lobbyist Martin Musgrave, Matthew Daniel
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity Martin Musgrave
Organisations / Individuals Represented For this meeting, I am attending as CEO of the Commercial and Economic Planning Association, for which I am the Executive Director. Although I am registered on the third party lobbyist register, I am not attending this meeting in that capacity.
Subject Matter Discuss the effect of local government policies on state housing policies and targets.
Primary Outcome No further action
Contact Type Meeting

Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park

Project / Issue / Location Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park
Date 2 August 2017
Registered Lobbyist Mitch Corn
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity Crosby Textor
Organisations / Individuals Represented YMCI, E8Urban, Scape Design, Frank Turquoise
Subject Matter Remaster planning process and gave an update of their activities
Primary Outcome Referral for discussion with another party : DPE to organise meeting with YMCI urban designer (Architectus) and DPE urban designer. Further landowner meetings to be organised.
Contact Type Meeting

Hill Road Off Ramp & Carter Street Precinct Amendment

Project / Issue / Location Hill Road Off Ramp & Carter Street Precinct Amendment
Date 2 August 2017
Registered Lobbyist 
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity C|T International and Corporate Advisory Group Pty Ltd
Organisations / Individuals Represented 
Subject Matter Carter Street Precinct - Re Master Planning
Primary Outcome Additional information to be provided by other parties to the meeting
Contact Type Meeting

Carter Street Precinct - Re Master planning process

Project / Issue / LocationCarter Street Precinct - Re Master planning process
Date2 August 2017
Registered Lobbyist 
Registered Lobbyist Business EntityC|T International and Corporate Advisory Group Pty Ltd
Organisations / Individuals Represented 
Subject MatterCarter Street Precinct - Re Master Planning Process
Primary OutcomeNo further action
Contact TypeMeeting

Draft Housing SEPP and Student accommodation provisions

Project / Issue / LocationDraft Housing SEPP and Student accommodation provisions
Date 23 August 2021
Registered Lobbyist CT Corporate Advisory Pty Limited
Registered Lobbyist Business Entity CT Corporate Advisory Pty Limited
Organisations / Individuals RepresentedWee-Hur
Subject MatterDraft Housing SEPP and student accommodation provisions
Primary Outcome

Wee Hur gave a short presentation about their business, advising that they are providers of student housing in Australia, with two existing properties in Sydney and plans for expansion. Wee Hur also operate in other states. No development applications or future development sites were discussed.

The main area of discussion was the draft SEPP and the lack of student housing-specific provisions. Wee Hur advised that the draft co-living provisions had the potential to limit their future development opportunities, with the main concern being the proposed rates of car parking. Wee Hur were also concerned about minimum room sizes proposed by the SEPP. It was noted that some councils have generous parking provisions for student accommodation, but Wee Hur would prefer the certainty that comes with SEPP controls rather than relying on council DCPs.

CommitmentsNo commitments were made and no future meetings are proposed.
Contact TypeOnline meeting