Masterclass session 5

Over 62.8% of Australia’s land mass is subject to native title claims or determinations – covering a large portion of Australia’s richest renewable resources.  Renewable energy projects impose a cost on country that is often overlooked in the well-intentioned race to net zero. 

This masterclass provides a unique insight from the perspective of First Nations people, that project developers should consider when looking to formalise their relationship with those whose country on which renewable energy projects will be built. 

The presenters discuss the complexities surrounding adopting best practice approaches to future projects and how First Nations people can participate in the opportunity that the renewable energy revolution will provide.


  • Peter Jeffries, CEO at Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation
  • Marshall McKenna, Native Title Partner at Gilbert + Tobin
  • Mike Hollett, Director at The Right Water Company Pty Ltd  and Former Director and Chair of the Water Corporation


  • Lauren Shave, Native Title Special Counsel at Gilbert + Tobin

The global momentum towards the clean energy and decarbonisation transition is moving at a staggering speed. Public and private sectors have pivoted to align with a transformation like an industrial revolution. There has been a significant shift in expectations regarding net zero and other decarbonisation commitments, and Australia’s own transition remains under the spotlight with measurable action and government intervention at the centre of the debate. 

It’s for this reason that this year, Gilbert + Tobin presented the Clean Energy + Decarbonisation Masterclass series, a multi-part series featuring leading industry experts focusing on key topics relating to investments in the clean energy and decarbonisation sector. The Masterclass series provided a rare and unique opportunity to hear from professionals at the forefront of industry, clean energy developments, and decarbonising opportunities. The sessions also included a panel discussion facilitated by Gilbert + Tobin and involving industry experts. 

The six-part series explored the crucial considerations for business and community including, the practicalities of decarbonisation, governance and risk, financing challenges, land acquisition and assembly, stakeholder engagement and environmental issues.