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Expertise

Gerard Timbs is a Partner in the firm’s Property and Real Estate Group where he specialises in planning, environment and sustainability law including major projects, mixed use, master-planned and multi-unit residential projects, renewable energy (solar farms), agricultural and tourism developments and local, state and federal government work.

Gerard’s clients include developers, applicants, land owners, third party stake holders and Local and State Government authorities.

Gerard is a recognised industry expert and has been named a Best Lawyer in Australia in the practice area of Land Use and Zoning Law since 2014. Gerard is also recognised in the 2017 edition of Doyles Guide as a Leading Planning & Development Lawyer in Queensland.

Gerard is also a qualified (previously practising) town planner and the current editor of the Queensland Environmental Practice Reporter.

Experience

Gerard has extensive experience advising and acting on behalf of clients in relation to planning litigation in the Planning and Environment Court. He has provided advice on all stages of development from due diligence through to approval and construction.

Key experience includes: 

  • Stockland — advised on various planning issues including on existing use rights, changes to approvals, lapsing of applications and approvals and minimum apartment sizes
  • Brisbane Skytower (QLD) — advised on DA issues in connection with the development of a mixed commercial, hotel and apartment project
  • Sunland — advising on various residential and commercial development projects in SEQ. Acting in Planning and Court and Supreme proceedings against a local government authority alleging negligent misrepresentation and errors related to infrastructure charges and credits 
  • Intrapac Property — advising and acting on development project in northern NSW and SEQ including drafting and negotiating complex infrastructure agreements
  • DFO — acted in Planning and Environment Court appeal against Council’s refusal to amend an approval for the proposed expansion of a retail centre
  • Citigold Corporation — acting in Land Court appeal in relation to financial assurance and other environmental compliance issues
  • Gympie Eldorado Mining — acting in Land Court proceeding in relation to financial assurance issues and other environmental compliance issues
  • Coles and Bunnings — acted on numerous projects including Planning and Environment Court appeals against Council refusals of applications and third party submitter appeals, provided advice on matters involving amending approvals, changing applications, infrastructure charges, relevant and reasonable conditions, superseded planning scheme applications, approval requirements and existing use rights
  • Banyan Tree Group — acted for and advised on the redevelopment of a multi-unit residential development proposal at Kangaroo Point
  • FRV — advised on the development of multiple solar farms throughout Queensland including providing advice on the ministerial call-in process following the filing of a submitter appeal against the approval of a large scale solar farm at Clare in far north Queensland and cultural heritage issues arising post development approval
  • Energex, Ergon and Powerlink — provided town planning law, acquisition and compensation advice and representation on land valuation and compensation matter in the Queensland Land Court
  • Logan City Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Western Downs Regional Council, Maranoa Regional Council, Rockhampton Regional Council, Mackay Regional Council — provided representation in environmental prosecutions, enforcement and Planning and Environment Court appeals and provided advice on and drafting of  planning schemes, planning scheme amendments and temporary local planning instruments. Advising on ministerial call-ins, investigation and enforcement, compulsory acquisition and compensation and infrastructure agreements.
  • McDonald’s — acted on numerous projects including Planning and Environment Court appeals against Council refusals of applications and third party submitter appeals, provided advice on matters involving amending approvals, changing applications, infrastructure charges, relevant and reasonable conditions, superseded planning scheme applications, approval requirements and existing use rights
  • Elders — acted in negotiations and Land Court proceedings with respect to land resumed for Toowoomba bypass
  • Pacific Reef Fisheries — acted on environmental enforcement proceedings commenced by an adjoining cane farmer alleging serious and material environmental harm. The proceedings also involved planning issues and the Burdekin Shire Council
  • Northeast Business Park — advised on the development of a 760 hectare parcel of industrial, commercial, residential and marina use. The project was declared a “significant project” and was recommended for approval by the Co-ordinator General. It was the subject of one of the most complex planning appeals heard by the Planning and Environment Court
  • Westlink — successfully appealed against refusal to grant planning permission for the development of a 1000mW gas fired power station near Gatton. The matter involved two appeals hearing before the Planning and Environment Court and two appeals before the Court of Appeal and considered complex issues associated with conflicts with the Council’s planning scheme, “need” and the alienation of good quality agricultural land
  • Ostojic Group — acted and provided advice with respect to approval and environmental issues in relation to a magnetite and copper concentrate load out facility in Cloncurry
  • Jemena — acted in relation to access, resumption and compensation matters involving the Queensland Gas Pipeline including claims for compensation, negotiating coordination agreements and crossing deeds
  • Department of Natural Resources and Mines (formerly DEEDI) — advised and represented landowners impacted by mining and gas exploration and development. These advices related specifically to land access and conduct and compensation
  • Department of Public Work — Project Services — provided advice and representation on community infrastructure designation and priority development area processes for projects including the Carrara Sports Stadium redevelopment, Gatton Correctional Facility and Townsville Stadium.

Publications

08 March 2018 - Knowledge

New valuations for 22 local government areas across Queensland

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The Valuer-General issued new valuations for properties in 22 local government areas across Queensland on Wednesday, 7March 2018. The 22 local government areas that will receive new valuations...

12 December 2017 - Knowledge

Queensland Election 2017 - special update

#Government

With Labor now confirmed as being returned to government in Queensland, our experts look at what this election result means for the key areas of planning, property, construction and infrastructure, and workplace relations...

17 November 2017 - Knowledge

Supreme Court of Queensland decision has major implications for rates and charges levied by Local Governments in Queensland

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

Local Governments and landowners in Queensland may need to consider whether rates and charges levied on rateable land in the relevant Local Government area are valid following a recent decision...