Friends of Currawong v Minister for Planning & Ors

EDO NSW commenced proceedings on behalf of Friends of Currawong in NSW Land and Environment Court to prevent the Minister for Planning from approving part of the Currawong development. These proceedings were brought on the grounds that the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 prohibits the Minister from approving that part of the project.

Friends of Currawong sought a declaration from the Court that the Minister for Planning is prohibited from approving the part of the project that is within the "County Open Space" zoning under the Pittwater Local Environmental Plan 1993. Friends of Currawong was also seeking orders restraining the Minister from approving that part of the project under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and restraining the Director-General of the Department of Planning from preparing a report for the Minister on that part of the project.

The proceedings were discontinued when the Planning Minister, Kristina Keneally, refused the development application for the subdivision and development of Currawong Beach. The site is now to be listed on the State Heritage Register.