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Danielle Sibenaler

Special Counsel

Danielle is a Special Counsel in our Planning and Environment Law Team.

Danielle Sibenaler practises exclusively in town planning and environment law and has a broad range of experience working with both local government and developer clients. Prior to practising as a lawyer, Danielle worked as a town planner, which has provided her with first hand knowledge of the issues affecting both local governments and developers, and a wealth of practical experience. Danielle has extensive experience in town planning and environment litigation, in addition to providing advice regarding all aspects of town planning and environment law. Danielle’s practice focuses on:

  • Planning and Environment Court litigation and appeals in respect of development applications, infrastructure charges notice, enforcement notices and refusal of extensions to a relevant period or permissible change
  • Planning and Environment Court originating proceedings, including permissible changes to court orders, lapsed development approvals and statutory non-compliance
  • Town planning, environmental and local government advice generally, including advice in respect of the repealed Local Government Act 1936, Local Government (Planning and Environment) Act 1990, the Integrated Planning Act 1997 and the current Sustainable Planning Act 2009
  • Advice in respect of historical development rights and entitlements
  • Land Court proceedings, acquisition and compensation generally
  • Town planning due diligence and review of development approvals and conditions
  • Enforcement and prosecutions for development offences, including pursuant to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and Building Act 1975
  • Advice in respect of town planning schemes, regional plans and other planning documents
  • Draft planning scheme review and preparation of submissions
  • Development application advice and management generally
  • Vegetation clearing and advice in respect of the Vegetation Management Act 1999
  • Pre-1946 and pre-1911 demolitions and appeals (Brisbane)
  • Infrastructure, including drafting infrastructure agreements
  • Advice in respect of matters arising under the Environmental Protection Act 1994


Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 1999
Master of Laws, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 2003
Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning, University of New England, 2001 Admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, 2005
Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, 2005

Contact Details
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F +61 7 3221 5518
M +61 0488 050 077