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Vanessa Maruna

LLB (Hons), BEnvPlan

Partner - Cairns

Areas of Expertise

Planning, Environment & Sustainability, Local Government

Expertise

Vanessa holds dual qualifications in the fields of town planning and law and has been practicing as an environmental and planning lawyer and town planner for over 10 years. 

During this time, she has had experience working on large scale master planned projects and acted for a number of local governments, major developers, publicly listed companies, private entities and James Cook University providing town planning and legal advice on a large range of matters throughout Far North Queensland. 

Vanessa has extensive experience 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 including completing detailed reviews and assessment of relevant state and federal legislative and local government policy and providing project teams with advice on the impact of legislation and policy on projects as required. 

Due to her complementary skill set, Vanessa is able to clearly identify and communicate legal issues and town planning issues to project teams to ensure that legislative compliance is achieved in the most cost and time effective manner. 

Experience

Vanessa provides legal services predominantly in planning and environment law on a large variety of matters: 

  • advice on the Integrated Planning Act 1997, Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and Planning Act 2016 
  • development approval processes 
  • project management and application management 
  • advice on Regional Planning and Master Planning 
  • advice on State Planning Policies 
  • due diligence investigations on large property transactions 
  • Planning and Environment Court Appeals and declaratory proceedings 
  • development offences 
  • drafting and review of Local Laws 
  • drafting and review of Planning Schemes and Temporary Local Planning Instruments 
  • environmental approvals, compliance and enforcement issues 
  • built heritage and Indigenous and cultural heritage advice 
  • advice on vegetation, coastal protection and other environmental matters 
  • local law prosecutions 
  • swimming pool fencing prosecutions 
  • contaminated land issues 
  • compulsory acquisition of land and compensation issues.

Publications

11 December 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

Industrial property occupiers forced out of the constrained Sydney market are flocking to Melbourne for space, and Brisbane is tipped to be next in line

10 December 2019 - Knowledge

Expert guide: Be ready for 2020

#Agribusiness, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy, #Immigration Law, #Native Title, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Property & Real Estate, #Technology, Media & Telecommunications, #Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Workplace Relations & Safety, #Procurement

New whistleblower requirements, increased pressure to protect data globally, turbulence in the communications sector, and intensifying drought management issues - 2020 is set to be a significant time of change across many industries.

27 November 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability