Deanna specialises in the area of Indigenous law and local government. For over 20 years she has worked in the native title jurisdiction in both Western Australia and Queensland. In addition to practising as a lawyer, Deanna has experience as a manager with the National Native Title Tribunal, as a native title advisor to the Government of Western Australia and as the native title group representative for Queensland local governments, through the Local Government Association of Queensland.
Over the last 10 years, Deanna has represented both applicants and a variety of respondent parties involved in Federal Court native title proceedings. In addition she has provided advice and assistance to a range of corporations, local government and developers with tenure dealings, the negotiation of Indigenous Land Use Agreements and Aboriginal cultural heritage compliance.
Deanna has represented Australian local government at a high level at both State and Commonwealth native title policy meetings including the Commonwealth Native Title Consultative Forum. She was also appointed in 2009 to a native title Federal Court committee which still meets regularly to discuss case management and formulating recommendations to the Court.
Deanna has provided training on native title and cultural heritage to Queensland local governments (and developed an accompanying work procedures manual) as well as for claimant groups and stakeholder groups in Western Australia.
Earlier in her legal career Deanna worked in private practice specialising in family law and she was at the forefront of introducing alternative dispute resolution into legal practice and managed the State-wide dispute resolution model developed for Legal Aid Office (Queensland) and worked closely with Bond University in dispute resolution training.
With over 20 years’ of legal experience she has provided advice on and represented clients in a broad range of Indigenous law and local government including:
08 December 2021 - Knowledge
#Native Title & Indigenous Cultural Heritage, #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects
The National Native Title Tribunal has dismissed a mining lessee’s application to be granted a mining lease because they failed to act in good faith when negotiating with the affected native title holders.
08 November 2021 - Knowledge
#Native Title & Indigenous Cultural Heritage
The Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia has released its final report into the destruction of culturally significant caves at Juukan Gorge, which suggests eight key recommendations for reform to cultural heritage laws in Australia.
01 June 2021 - Knowledge
#Native Title & Indigenous Cultural Heritage
Two Queensland leaseholders have successfully obtained a Federal Court order that native title does not exist over their properties, paving the way for a freehold conversion.
15 December 2020 - Knowledge
#Government, #Native Title & Indigenous Cultural Heritage
A recent Federal Court native title decision has rejected a challenge to the State’s decision not to recognise native title based on a breach of model litigant principles.
22 Mar 22 to 22 Nov 22
In this seminar series, we look at the opportunities and issues for major infrastructure projects across a range of sectors, including health, housing and new energy. This seminar series is being offered in our Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney offices. Registration for this seminar series is complimentary and now open.
07 Apr 22 to 10 Nov 22
More than ever, ports are vital nodes for an increasingly complex web of international trade and supply chains. Ports have become an increasing focus for security, environmental and competition regulation and their role and efficiency within global supply chains is being scrutinised by governments and industry alike. At the same time, ports find themselves at the forefront of the development and facilitation of alternative energy sources, often literally acting as the gatekeepers for the inflow of such technology and projects into Australia or out to the rest of the world. This series will look at how Australian ports might navigate these challenges and opportunities in 2022.
10 May 22 to 29 Nov 22
Holding Redlich is pleased to invite you to our 2022 Queensland local government seminar series which we have tailored specifically for mayors, councillors and Queensland local government employees including lawyers, town planners and compliance officers. These seminars will offer you insights, updates and practical tips from our experts on topics which we consider to be particularly relevant for local governments.