Dominic is a resources expert with more than 30 years of experience as a general commercial lawyer. An element of his practice is native title and cultural heritage matters, on which Dominic is an acknowledged authority.
He joined McCullough Robertson in 1996 after holding prominent positions with the Queensland Government for seven years and is one of a few lawyers in Queensland with a combination of significant senior government as well as private practice experience.
His positions with the Queensland Government included Program Director of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Land Interests Program with the then Department of Lands.
When it comes to native title and cultural heritage, he is across all aspects of this area of law. As well as advising resource and infrastructure companies, he advises local Aboriginal Shire Councils, particularly around social infrastructure issues in the communities, which are generally in remote parts of Australia. He participates in the Yarning Up initiative, which is helping to close the gap for the remote Indigenous community of Lockhart River by identifying a number of potential business opportunities designed to generate jobs and income.
Acting for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads in relation to the upgrade of the Peninsula Developmental Road and the Gateway Upgrade North Project in Queensland.
Acting for Frasers Property on the native title and cultural heritage issues associated with the Ripley Valley Development. This is a highly unusual matter that involves a very rare example of a piece of Aboriginal heritage under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 (Qld) (Aboriginal heritage otherwise appearing within a native title context).
Acting for Metro Mining, leading the native title and Indigenous landholder negotiations and was successful in developing the first agreement in Cape York for some time for Metro’s new mining project.
Advising this publicly listed and diversified Australian energy company with a long-standing history in the oil and gas industry, on its gas interests in the southwest region of Queensland.
Acting for the Nyamal People in WA in their pursuit of a native title determination in the Federal Court and advising on a significant negotiation with Pilbara Minerals in relation to the Pilgangoora Project.
Traditional Owners of the land of Mer
Acting for some of the underlying owners of the land of Mer in an action against the actual body that holds the native title on behalf of all of the Traditional Owners of the Island.