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Olivia Williamson - Senior Associate

Olivia Williamson Olivia's experience includes undertaking environmental due diligence and assisting with the conduct of litigation in the Planning and Environment Court.

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Olivia advises clients on environmental and development approvals, project due diligence, the interpretation of planning schemes, conditions and related legislation, compensation issues, and environmental compliance and enforcement issues.

Her experience includes undertaking environmental due diligence for small and large property development, infrastructure and resources projects.

Olivia has represented clients in litigation, appeals and originating applications in the Planning and Environment Court, Land Court and has defended prosecutions in the Magistrates Court. Olivia’s focus, however, is to help  clients formulate strategies to negotiate and secure approvals and other positive outcomes outside of Court.

She has also acted as a legal advisor on several large and complex development applications across Queensland, particularly in pre-lodgement negotiations and negotiating acceptable conditions of approval. 

Olivia is  Chair of  the Professional Development Committee of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ - South-East Queensland Division) and a member of the Queensland Environmental Law Association legislative review sub-committee.  

She was also named by Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession in Rising Stars: Planning & Environment – Australia, 2016.  

Areas of Practice

  • Cbus Property Brisbane Pty Ltd - acting on behalf of Cbus Property Brisbane Pty Ltd to successfully defend a challenge instituted by the University of Queensland in the Planning and Environment Court in respect of Brisbane City Council’s approval of Cbus’ development application for a residential tower on land at 443 Queen Street.
  • Queensland Heritage Council – acting in a Planning and Environment Court appeal to defend the Queensland Heritage Council’s decision to enter St Patrick’s Convent at Townsville on the Queensland Heritage Register.  
  • Gold Coast City Council – acting on behalf of the Gold Coast City Council in Planning and Environment Court appeals and Planning and Environment Court declaratory proceedings commenced by submitters challenging the Council’s approval of development applications for convenience centre and shopping centre development. 
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads – advising on enforcement options available in circumstances of non-compliance with conditions imposed on a development approval. 
  • Petroleum and gas proponent – advising on the process for obtaining an environmental authority and consideration of high level risks associated with obtaining the environment authority, including wild rivers and referable wetlands constraints.
  • Various clients - Conducting due diligence for the resource projects, including coordinating and reporting on due diligence in respect of environmental approvals, compliance issues and environmental constraints. 
  • Waratah Coal & Queensland Nickel - Assisting with litigation in the Planning and Environment Court seeking a stay of the operation of directions or orders issued by the regulator, including environmental protection orders.