Jenny is a Partner in the Planning & Environment group and specialises in the area of native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage law. She has also provided advice to local governments and government owned entities for over 30 years on governance and property issues.
Jenny represents local governments, government corporations, developers, pastoral holders and other public and private entities as respondent parties to the majority of native title claims in Queensland. She also regularly provides advice on the native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage implications of government and private infrastructure projects.
Jenny is recognised in the 2019 and 2020 edition of Doyles Guide as a recommended lawyer in Native Title Law for Queensland. Jenny is also appointed to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s panel of native title lawyers.
28 July 2020 - Knowledge
It will take many years to restore the economy and infrastructure of bushfire-impacted areas and for their animal and vegetation biodiversity to recover. The Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: July 2020 will be used by fire authorities to make strategic decisions such as resource planning and prescribed fire management to reduce the negative impacts of bushfire.
08 April 2020 - Knowledge
#Planning, Environment & Sustainability
The Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) is currently under review with submissions invited from stakeholders. This article summarises the issues raised in the review in relation to Indigenous culture and knowledge, which is highlighted as a key focus in the terms of reference for the review.
25 March 2020 - Knowledge
As the threat of COVID-19 continues to escalate, local governments across Australia have taken swift action to combat the virus, including recent legislative changes to elections and planning laws. In this article we examine some of those measures and other implications for Councils.
11 March 2020 - Knowledge
As the Queensland local government election date approaches, councils have entered a caretaker period during which certain decisions must be deferred until after the appointment of the new council. In the following article, we examine the business that councils can and cannot conduct during this period.
20 November 2019 - Knowledge
Submissions are now open on the Commonwealth Government’s draft Drought Resilience Funding Plan. The Plan has been developed as part of the government’s $3.9 billion Future Drought Fund which is aimed at supporting initiatives that enhance the drought resilience of Australian farms and communities as they respond to the impacts of drought.
24 September 2019 - Knowledge
Are Aboriginal objects on land potentially a defect in title? This question was discussed by the NSW Court of Appeal in Mehmet v Carter. And the short answer is: Yes, Aboriginal objects on land may be a defect in title where they are protected from disturbance under a law.
08 May 2019 - Knowledge
#Native Title, #Construction & Infrastructure
A recent landmark cultural heritage prosecution in Queensland provides insight into the factors relevant to deciding penalties for harm to Aboriginal cultural heritage.
14 March 2019 - Knowledge
The High Court has handed down its decision in the Timber Creek native title compensation claim. In its decision on 13 March 2019, the Court awarded compensation and interest to the native title holders in an amount of approximately $2.5 million dollars.
20 February 2019 - Knowledge
#Native Title, #Local Government
The NSW Land and Environment Court has fined the Clarence Valley Council $300,000 for the removal of a scar tree in 2016.
07 February 2019 - Knowledge
A recent decision of the Federal Court has questioned the use of non-claimant applications to secure tenure over land.
20 November 2018 - Knowledge
#Native Title, #Property & Real Estate
Supreme Court decision in Mirvac orders that CHMP be approved but opens question of loss of Aboriginal party endorsed status.
11 Feb 20 to 10 Nov 20 - Brisbane
This series will equip you with the knowledge and tools to buy and/or sell better, will ensure you remain compliant in this increasingly regulated environment, and will maximise your chances of success and beat off the competition.
08 Oct 20
Please join us for an interactive webinar on Roads, is it a public highway and a road? with Nick Sissons as part of our local government series.
08 Oct 20 to 04 Nov 20
The response to our Victorian local government webinar series has been amazing and we are pleased to expand our offering to keep you informed of changes within your industry. Our additional webinars will be aimed at Council staff who have responsibility for: procurement, crown land dealings (NEW DATE), wages and working conditions and undertaking of road works and services.