Maria is a highly experienced advocate in the planning jurisdiction, appearing in both VCAT and Planning Panels Victoria. She has developed an expertise in large Environmental Effects Statement matters through working on the Melbourne Metro Project and desalination plant in Wonthaggi, as well as long, complex VCAT cases with multiple parties and complex issues. Maria worked as a ministerial adviser to the Hon. John Thwaites when he was Deputy Premier of Victoria, Planning Minister and Minister for Health.
Advising and appearing as an advocate on behalf of local government authorities in the planning list of the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal.
Mediation & Arbitration
Acting for local government authorities in applications for interlocutory and permanent injunctions, in the Supreme Court and, on appeal in the Victorian Court of Appeal and the High Court.
Valuations & compensations
Acting for acquiring authorities and claimants in relation to land acquisition and compensation matters, including contested matters in the Supreme Court of Victoria and at the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal
Dispute, resolution & Litigation
Advising government authorities on whether proposed course of action are within power and defending authorities against allegations of acting outside their powers, including Supreme Court proceedings.
Creating national consistency for environmental assessment and approvals
We advised the Commonwealth Government on a major restructure of the environmental assessment and approval processes
Introducing the new Environment Protection Regime in Victoria: What’s different?
On 1 July 2021, the Environment Protection Act 2017 (new Act) came into force....
The end of 'transformation' as we know it?
The Court considered an appeal against a decision of the Tribunal to summarily dismiss an application for review.