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?
18 Oct 23 - Canberra
With the recent major data breaches and increased public focus on privacy, ensuring privacy compliance is of great importance for everyone working in the Australian Public Sector (APS). This seminar will provide you with an overview of the reform proposals arising from the Privacy Act Review and their implications for the APS. Join Canberra partner Elizabeth Carroll and associate Lachlan Speak as they explore the proposed reforms with a focus on those affecting the responsibilities of Australian Government entities and APS employees.