Gemma Chadwick - Senior Associate

Gemma Chadwick Gemma advises clients including developers and local governments on a range of planning and environment issues.

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Gemma has experience managing a range of planning and environment matters, including representing clients in the Planning and Environment Court to assist in obtaining development approvals.  Gemma also advises developers, government entities and mining and infrastructure proponents across the spectrum of State and Federal planning and environment legislation.  She provides front end advice such as project scoping and due dilgence and has experience preparing and negotiating infrastructure agreements.

Gemma is an active member of many relevant industry associations, including the Queensland Environmental Law Association, the Urban Development Institute of Australia and the Planning Institute of Australia.

Gemma holds qualifications in Laws (Honours) and Economics from the University of Queensland.  She was also named one of the Top 50 Rising Stars for 2014 by Australasian Lawyer Magazine.

Resumption of land services


Areas of Practice

  • Acting for Coles Group Property Developments in Planning and Environment Court appeals by submitters opposing Council’s approval of its town centre development at Ormeau.
  • Advising Boral in relation to its existing operation at Upper Ormeau as well as its proposed development of a hard rock quarry at Reedy Creek, with approximately 84 million tonnes capacity (a declared coordinated project).
  • Advising Gladstone Pacific Nickel in relation to the approvals required to implement its proposed nickel refinery in Gladstone (another declared coordinated project);
  • Advising a Queensland construction company on the approvals required to construct its Upstream Control Room Fibre Optic Cable.
  • Successfully negotiating a development approval for Leighton Properties' Mosaic project in the course of a Planning and Environment Court Appeal, following an initial refusal by Brisbane City Council.
  • Advising Consolidated Properties on its 550 Queen Street office tower project, and obtaining an early mediated outcome resulting in a development approval following a submitter appeal.
  • Acting for the Department of Transport and Main Roads on a range of Planning and Environment Court matters, including planning appeals and originating applications.
  • Drafting and reviewing infrastructure agreements for the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
  • Advising AVJennings on infrastructure charging provisions and compensation issues associated with a master planned community on the Sunshine Coast.
  • Acting for Land One, successfully defending a submitter appeal against Council’s approval of its district centre in Meadowbrook.