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Thomas Buckley - Senior Associate

Thomas Buckley Thomas advises a wide range of clients, including local governments, listed development corporations and private development corporations on planning, infrastructure and environment issues, including Planning and Environment Court appeals and judicial review proceedings.

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Thomas has significant experience in planning, infrastructure and environment issues including development approvals, infrastructure agreements, and environmental compliance and enforcement issues.

Advising a wide range of clients including local governments, listed development corporations and private development corporations, Thomas also assists with the conduct of litigation in the Planning and Environment Court and the Supreme Court including appeals and judicial review proceedings.

Thomas holds qualifications in Laws (Honours) and Economics from the University of Queensland. He is a member of the Queensland Environmental Law Association, and most recently, he has been appointed to the Brisbane Development Association (BDA) Policy and Events sub-committee. 

Areas of Practice

  • Acting for ISPT Super Property in proceedings in the Planning and Environment Court against a proposal to partially demolish the Embassy Hotel in Brisbane.
  • Advising Boral Resources on the development of a quarry at Reedy Creek on the Gold Coast.
  • Advising FKG Group in relation to a range of commercial and industrial developments in Toowoomba.
  • Advising the Department of Transport and Main Roads on the legal and regulatory compliance and liability issues of the following road upgrade projects:
    • Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Project
    • Bruce Highway (Edmonton to Gordonvale) Project
    • Bruce Highway (Caloundra Road to Sunshine Coast Motorway) Project
    • Bruce Highway (Hay Point Road to Temples Lane) Project
    • Bruce Highway (Caboolture Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way) Project
    • Bruce Highway (Deception Bay Road Intersection) Project
    • Bruce Highway Managed Motorways Project
    • Cairns Bruce Highway (Foster Road Intersection) Project
    • Cairns Bruce Highway (Kate Street to Amuller Street) Project
    • Haughton River Floodplain Project
    • Captain Cook Highway Upgrade (Smithfield) Project
    • Flinders Highway (Gilliat Channel) Project
  • Acting for the Gold Coast City Council in a number of appeals and originating applications in the Planning and Environment Court for various developments on the Gold Coast.
  • Acting for Unitywater in proceedings in the Supreme Court regarding the interpretation of an infrastructure agreement for a master planned residential, commercial and retail development at North Lakes.
  • Acting for Redland City Council in an appeal in the Planning and Environment Court defending its decision to refuse a residential subdivision at Thornlands.
  • Advising an international supermarket chain in relation to the development of a number of stores throughout Queensland.
  • Acting for two large south-east Queensland local governments in separate judicial review proceedings in the Supreme Court regarding the Caloundra South Urban Development Area and the Yarrabilba Urban Development Area.
  • Advising a number of mining proponents on the approvals required for transport corridors for various coal mines in Queensland.