Martin Wright

Martin works closely with Partner Andrew Kerr on local government, Native Title, Planning and Environment, administrative, and mining law matters.

Before starting his career in law, Martin worked in business development and property development projects, and provided training and development to Indigenous communities. The skills and insights he developed in these various roles underpins his legal practice and enhances his ability to support the practical, commercial and business priorities of his clients.

Martin specialises in all aspects of native title and cultural heritage and can provide practical solutions to progress tenure upgrades and infrastructure projects.

Martin continues to act for local governments and private parties in Native Title Determination Applications, notably in the Cape York United #1 and #2 Gangalidda and Garawa, and Bar Barrum People #4 Native Title Determinations. If you receive a notice that your land interests may be affected by a Native Title Determination Application Martin can provide practical and effective advice on how to protect your interests.

Martin also completed a major review and implementation of Cook Shire Council’s Local Laws. He assisted Council in all aspects of the drafting, consideration, adoption and implementation of its local laws. Martin continues to advise a number of Councils' on amendments to, and enforcement of, its local laws, and other Local Government Acts, and provides practical workshops, operations manuals, and template enforcement letters to support Council officers in their duties. Martin also prosecutes breaches of local government Acts on Councils behalf.

Martin has acted for Etheridge Shire Council and other private clients in Administrative law matters before QCAT and the Supreme Court.

His experience includes:

  • Queensland Government Social Housing Project - Advice to Council in relation to IDAS assessment under the Sustainable Planning Act of 50 lot residential housing project on Palm Island. Conditions of development agreed and project under construction.
  • Planning & Environment Appeal - Acting for the Appellant in a submitter appeal against a conditional approval of the Douglas Iconic Panel for a multiple dwelling (6 unit) development at Murphy Street, Port Douglas.
  • Environmental Protection Act – objection to grant of environmental authority. Land Court hearing to determine objection. Outcome environmental authority recommended for approval.
  • Seisia to Bamaga Sewerage Pipeline Project. Obtaining government approvals for construction of Seisia Bamaga Sewerage Pipeline including preparation of Native Title Future Act Notices and negotiating and implementing cultural heritage management arrangements. Project completed and constructed.


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