our work

These are some examples of some of our proudest contributions to regional, rural and remote community led development, so far…

01.

litigation, appeals, and review applications | Indigenous land management

Whilst working with a remote Indigenous Council, Chris successfully developed and launched on the Council's behalf, two test cases against the State Government in Queensland seeking grant of perpetual leases to local Torres Strait Islanders which had remained pending since the 1980's. The two test case applicants were both successful in the Land Court of Queensland, and on appeal by the State Government in the Supreme Court of Queensland. The test cases set a precedent for grant of over 200+ pending perpetual leasehold interests in the Torres Strait.

Feel free to read the judgements at:

02.

litigation, appeals, and review applications

Whilst working with a community service provider, Chris assisted them to successfully appeal an Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) determination to deregister a regional and remote Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - unconditional registration was achieved allowing the RTO to continue trading unrestricted.

03.

negotiations | contracts | Indigenous land management

  • Whilst working with an Indigenous Local Government, Chris assisted them to successfully negotiate the first ever Torres Strait Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) land transfers in freehold from the local Council, back to Native Title Traditional Owners. The DOGIT transfers complemented determination of Native Title in each community (Badu and Mer Islands).
  • Chris also designed, and negotiated, regional Indigenous Land Use Agreements (by Island) between the State and Federal Governments, 15 Native Title representative bodies, local Councils and stakeholders, to formalise a new Native Title compensation formula for future infrastructure proposals in the Torres Strait. This allowed proponents of future infrastructure projects to budget upfront, the cost of fairly compensating Traditional Owners for temporary use of their land.

04.

Government lobbying, advocacy and deputations | program development, delivery and review

  • Whilst working with an Indigenous Local Government, Chris assisted them to successfully lobby for State and Federal co-funding ($25M), managed all statutory approvals and compliance (Native Title, cultural heritage, and State government development approvals), arranged sub-contract tenders, procurement and probity, and oversaw the delivery of the Torres Strait Seawall project in the Torres Strait.
  • Chris also assisted the Council to successfully lobby the State and Federal Governments on key campaign issues, with the Council achieving in a single calendar year:
  • State funding for a pilot Boundary Mapping Program to map all Traditional Owner-lands for awareness in future Indigenous land management planning;
  • State Government Financial Aid to Local Government indexed;
  • Federal Financial Assistance Grant to Local Government indexed;
  • State Government locals flight subsidy (Local Fare Scheme) extended for 2 years;
  • Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) funding expanded by $30M;
  • $51M allocated to the local Council under a new Indigenous Council’s Critical Infrastructure Program to improve water, wastewater and solid waste infrastructure.
  • State Government Works for Queensland Program extended for further 2 years at a benefit of $2.73M to the local Council;
  • Federal Government contribution of $515,000 for a Helicopter Subsidy Program for Ugar Island in our electorate;
  • New Primary Health Care Centre announced for Mer Island in our electorate; and
  • Local Government Building Services Unit being named preferred supplier for all Government housing.

05.

legal research and analysis

Over a period of 4 years, with the endorsement of the local Council, Chris interviewed many local Torres Strait Islanders and conducted intensive legal doctrinal research, to develop a PhD thesis proposing legal and institutional mechanisms to better support Torres Strait Islander people to maintain their cultural secrets - a free copy is available:

06.

community partnerships, engagement and consultation | change management

Working with a remote Indigenous Council, Chris successfully designed a communications strategy and negotiated a successful Enterprise Bargaining Agreement/ Certified Agreement with over 300 remote staff with a 97.4% 'YES' vote, with a historic 80% of remote staff voting, over a period of less than 3 months, start to finish. Unions were engaged and consulted as part of this process.

07.

community partnerships, engagement and consultation | tenders and grant-writing

Working with a community service provider in the employment services industry across Queensland and the Northern Territory, Chris assisted them to successfully negotiate community partnerships with Indigenous-owned organisations, with the partnerships successfully jointly tendering for major government contracts.

08.

community partnerships, engagement and consultation | facilitation

Independent facilitation and legal advice provided to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji People traditional owner negotiating committee (TONC) to enable the transfer of over 144,000 hectares of Aboriginal land (much of which is national park) in Far North Queensland, back to traditional owner management in conjunction with the Queensland Government.

our testimonials

Special thanks to these people who have kindly agreed to provide testimonial:

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