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Michael Leong

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Michael is a specialist in planning, environment and valuation litigation and advice, drafting statutory planning documents and negotiating infrastructure documents. As well as his legal qualifications, Michael holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning and formerly worked as a town planner.

Michael is a former President of the Queensland Environmental Law Association Inc, and a former board member of Urban Futures Brisbane. Michael is also a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Key deals

Stockland

Acted for Stockland in facilitating the master planning and infrastructure planning of a 2310 hectare site in Caloundra South (the City of Aura), which will involve the provision of A$1.2 billion worth of infrastructure and a population of 50,000 people.

Sekisui House

Acted for Sekisui House in facilitating the master planning and infrastructure planning of its West Village project at Boundary Street, West End, Brisbane (comprising up to 1,250 apartments, 6,500 m2 of public space and 18,500m2 of retail and entertainment uses). This involved acting in a planning and environment appeal, advising on a State government call in of the project and advising on civil disruption issues associated with the local Greens Councillor.

Macquarie Real Estate Equity Funds

Acted for Macquarie Real Estate Equity Funds on planning matters associated with its A$86 million 37 storey Macrossan Residence Tower development on the corner of Adelaide and Macrossan Streets, Brisbane City.

Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

Acted for the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning in undertaking a legal review of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017, also known as ShapingSEQ, which took effect on 11 August 2017. This legal review included ensuring that the Plan would be properly implemented in local government areas.

Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning

Acted for the Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning on all planning, environmental, infrastructure and native title issues associated with the A$3.6 billion Queens Wharf Brisbane project (which aims to facilitate the construction of a world class integrated resort development) in the Brisbane CBD. This included drafting and negotiating amendments to the Brisbane Casino Agreement Act 1992.

Container Exchange Pty Ltd

Acted for Container Exchange Pty Ltd (i.e. Coex) in the establishment of the Container Refund Scheme in Queensland on 1 November 2018. This included providing legal advice on the planning implications of setting up the container refund points throughout the State and involved a legal review of amendments to the Planning Regulation 2017 to support the Scheme.