Preston Law

Local Government

Preston Law delivers legal services to local government authorities and councils across North Queensland. We are a pre-qualified legal services supplier through the Local Buy Register of Pre-Qualified Suppliers (RPQS).

Our clients’ successes are underpinned by our thorough understanding of the regulatory frameworks within which local governments operate, including local government responsibilities and the roles councils play in operating diverse assets and delivering services in remote and regional areas.

We advise and represent councils, shires, Indigenous councils, and regional councils from Mackay to Mt Isa, the Gulf and Cape York.

Our services

Preston Law’s advice and support on all aspects of local government legal requirements and compliance includes:

  • Local Government Act 2009 advisory
  • development law, including development approvals, Planning and Environment Court appeals, and declarations and development offences under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009
  • Indigenous law, including native title and cultural heritage advice and compliance, future act procedures and Indigenous Land Use Agreements
  • statutory governance
  • property law, including purchase of state and private land, sale of land, and trust land leasing
  • land resumption and public utilities easements
  • commercial contract preparation, negotiation and advice
  • procurement and tenders, including accredited probity services
  • local law drafting, adoption and enforcement
  • employment and workplace relations
  • administrative law, including the Right to Information Act and Privacy Act, and judicial review
  • recovery of outstanding rates and charges.

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Results for clients

  • Assisting Indigenous Councils with local government compliance and land trust requirements.
  • Acquiring land on behalf of Councils, ensuring that all purchases adhere to the Acquisition of Land Act 1967.
  • Providing advisory services to Local Government on rating issues, Councillor matters and contracting matters.
  • Assisting in the collection of overdue rates and charges, including the sale or acquisition of land in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Regulation 2012.

Mount Isa City Council have relied on Preston law because of their thorough understanding of the regulatory frameworks within which local governments operate, including local government responsibilities and the roles councils play in operating diverse assets and delivering services in remote and regional areas. They have an uncommon ability to develop strategies and deliver outcomes which sensitively address these factors while still supporting Council's objectives.

I have no hesitation in recommending them to other Councils...

Mount Isa City Council.