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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

15 September 2020 - Knowledge

The interface of agricultural and urban land uses

#Agribusiness, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

COVID-19 has given our nation’s economy a seismic shake-up. One aspect of that is the closure of our nation’s border to international travellers and migrants, which is impacting all sectors of the economy to some degree and in various ways.

25 March 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Local Government

#Local Government

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.