LLB (Hons), BEnvPlan
Planning, Environment & Sustainability, Local Government , Transport, Shipping & Logistics
With dual qualifications in law and town planning, Vanessa is uniquely placed to deliver tangible results for clients and projects across Australia. Her experience ranges from large scale master planned projects to acting for a number of local governments and government owned corporations, along with providing town planning and legal advice to major developers, publicly listed companies and private entities.
Having navigated and advised clients through monumental changes in the growth of regional cities and legislative frameworks over the past decade, Vanessa is accustomed to working in large multi-disciplinary teams, including project managing and advising on approval processes for large scale developments, infrastructure projects and environmental impact assessment matters. Completing detailed reviews and assessments of relevant state and federal legislative and local government policy to provide project teams with advice is central to Vanessa’s approach to delivering tangible results.
Due to her complementary skill set across planning and legal matters, Vanessa identifies and communicates the issues at hand with clarity to ensure project teams achieve legislative compliance in the most cost and time effective manner.
In recognition of her expertise, Vanessa is deputy chair of Port Norths, which is responsible for the development and management of Ports of Cairns, Cape Flattery, Karumba, Mourilyan, Skardon River, Quintell Beach, Thursday Island, Burketown and Cooktown. Vanessa is also director of Far North Queensland charity COUCH.
Vanessa provides legal services in planning and environment law on a large variety of matters:
23 February 2022 - Knowledge
#Planning, Environment & Sustainability
Koalas are now declared endangered in Queensland, NSW and the Australian Capital Territory. How will this impact development approvals and environmental offset obligations in these states and territories?
31 May 23
IBAC and the Victorian Ombudsman have investigated a number of complaints in relation to Victorian local councils and produced a series of reports. In this presentation, partner Joseph Monaghan, will provide a basic overview of IBAC and the Victorian Ombudsman, their respective roles and functions under their establishing legislation and an overview of recent IBAC and Ombudsman investigation reports involving local councils.
05 Jun 23
The recent extreme flood events raise a series of legal issues including the liability of local councils for decisions that expose residents and businesses to greater risk from flooding events, and remedial steps to address past decision-making. In this webinar, partner Joseph Monaghan and lawyer Jacob Atkinson will discuss these topics.
14 Jun 23 - Canberra
In the third and final seminar of the series, partner Andrew Klein and senior associate Natasha Jones, explore the legal risks associated with returning absent employees to work. This includes ill and injured workers, chronic absenteeism, Comcare issues, 'work from home' related issues and COVID 'return reluctance'. In the course of the seminar, our speakers will work through hypothetical scenarios with reference to relevant regulatory APS frameworks and recent case law.