Our team has extensive experience in advising government and corporate clients on native title and cultural heritage considerations. Cooper Grace Ward recently advised the Queensland Government on native title implications for the mining and petroleum legislative red tape reduction reforms.

Leanne O’Neill has particular expertise in relation to resolving native title matters and has represented the Queensland Government in numerous strategic native title and Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) negotiations. Her experience includes:

  • representing the Queensland Government in the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) in over 800 resources (petroleum and mineral) grants affected by native title;
  • representing the Queensland Government in some of the first consent determinations in the NNTT under the right to negotiate procedures in the NNTT;
  • representing the Queensland Government in the drafting and negotiation of a number of significant Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) for extractive resource sector industries and for large projects;
  • negotiated and drafted numerous ILUAs, which provided native title consent for pipelines, easements, quarrying purposes, roads, licences, permits and leasing;
  • representing private clients in ILUA negotiations to allow conversion applications to proceed;
  • advising private clients on native title implications on Crown Land and in relation to cultural heritage compliance for greenfield development;
  • involved in the drafting of the Cultural Heritage Duty of Care Guidelines and legislative amendments for compliance with cultural heritage requirements for resource sector developments;
  • representing the State of Queensland in cultural heritage matters in the Land Court;
  • drafting and review of cultural heritage agreements in compliance with the Cultural Heritage legislative framework; and
  • advising clients regarding determinations of native title in the Federal Court including registration processes in the NNTT and the impact those proceedings may have on projects and tenure including whether it is appropriate to join those proceedings;
  • advised the Queensland Government in relation to ILUA and legislative amendments for resolution of native title matters for North Stradbroke Island.

Leanne was also an integral part of the team representing the State in negotiating Indigenous Land Use Agreements which provided for the transfer of land under the Aboriginal Land Act 1991, creation of national parks and the provision of management frameworks for National Parks in Cape York (the first of their type under the then new Cape York Peninsula Heritage Act 2007).

To contact a lawyer specialising in native title and cultural heritage law, call Cooper Grace Ward on (07) 3231 2444.