Indigenous economic development

 

Gilbert + Tobin and Chalk & Behrendt together provide market-leading commercial legal advice for Indigenous companies and organisations and to governments and corporates working with Indigenous landholders and other groups.

Our approach

For Indigenous companies and organisations to utilise their assets and realise their aims they need access to excellent legal advice and to creative thinking in areas including structuring, land use and financing . 

Gilbert + Tobin and Chalk & Behrendt are committed to working with clients to unlock economic opportunities, build capability and find innovative ways to support sustainable economic development – development that aligns with the culture and aspirations of our clients’ and their communities.

Gilbert + Tobin and Chalk & Behrendt have expertise in advising Indigenous companies and organisations, governments and corporates working with Indigenous landholders in:

  • native title and land claims and cultural heritage
  • negotiating and drafting land use agreement
  • structuring of legal entities and governance
  • financing
  • joint venture agreements
  • resources, water and licensing agreements
  • planning and environmental law
  • funds management
  • tax

Major Matters and Clients

Chalk & Behrendt

NSW ABORIGINAL LAND COUNCIL

Advising on the structure of its gas joint venture, including providing assistance with the establishment and governance of NSWALC subsidiaries and ongoing advice regarding regulatory compliance and governance.

PARADIGM RESOURCES PTY LTD

Advising on proposed changes to NSW laws affecting the company’s gas interest and assisting with successful representations to ensure changes did not disadvantage the project.

WIK TIMBER HOLDINGS LTD

In relation to its timber harvesting project, including in relation to various commercial aspects and the Indigenous Land Use Agreement for the project.

WANGAN & JAGALINOU PEOPLE

In relation to the proposed Adani Mining Indigenous Land Use Agreement and in the joint venture negotiations with Transfield Services.

MARNDA MIA CNC PTY LTD

Leading the successful Pilbara Rio Tinto native title negotiations on behalf of the Traditional Owners which set benchmarks for iron ore royalty payments and community business structures.

DEERUBBIN LOCAL ABORIGINAL LAND COUNCIL

Coordinating a major land subdivision in north-western Sydney and facilitating commercial partnerships with various stakeholders including Government in relation to urban development.

TWEED BYRON LOCAL ABORIGINAL LAND COUNCIL

Assisting the Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council to preserve a development consent in relation to a major tourism project in northern New South Wales, including representations to the NSW Department of Planning and facilitating engagement with the local government authority.


Gilbert + Tobin

CAPE YORK PARTNERSHIPS

  • Advice on structuring and heads of agreement for private/public partnership for Good to Great Schools
  • Establishment and restructure of entities including the Cape York Girl Academy and Bama Cape York Services Ltd
  • Development of template contracts and sub-contracts including for Bama Cape York Services Ltd, Every Child is Special Project, Cape York Employment
  • Document agreement to develop aged care facility
  • Advice on Student Education Trust

MURCHISON REGION ABORIGINAL LAND COUNCIL

Advising on the ratings liability under Local Government legislation for housing provided exclusively to Aboriginal People.

MG CORPORATION

Assisting to restructure current group of 7 companies and 3 trusts so its corporate structure is fit for purpose in the modern context.

BALKANU CAPE YORK DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Establishing legal entities for commercial operations within the Balkanu Group including for Aurukun Wetlands Cruise, Archer Point Windfarm, Dreaming Trail.

TRIBAL WARRIOR

Acting in relation to the development and management of Blackwattle Bay Marina including joint venture agreement.

JARJUM COLLEGE REDFERN

Establishment of Jarjum College Redfern.

The Team

  Chalk & Behrendt

Jason Behrendt

Managing Director

+61 2 9231 4544

jbehrendt@chalkbehrendt.com.au

Andrew Chalk

Director

achalk@chalkbehrendt.com.au

+61 2 9231 4544

David Meale

Director

dmeale@chalkbehrendt.com.au

+61 2 9231 4544

 

 Gilbert + Tobin

Danny Gilbert

dgilbert@gtlaw.com.au

+61 2 9263 4001

Marshall McKenna

mmckenna@gtlaw.com.au

+61 8 9413 8410

Darren Fittler

dfittler@gtlaw.com.au

+61 2 9263 4567

Anne Cregan

acregan@gtlaw.com.au

+61 2 9263 4196