Anna Vella

Anna Vella

Anna provides specialist advice in relation to various state and federal environment and planning assessment, approval and regulatory processes, environmental enforcement and compliance, contaminated land, vegetation, water and other natural resource matters.

Over her 18+ years of experience, Anna has represented a number of high profile, blue chip, public and government clients in the delivery of infrastructure and major projects. Additionally, Anna has advised on contaminated land matters across different industry sectors on managing statutory and common law exposures.

Clients come to Anna for her unique private and public sector experience, enabling her to provide deep insights and to offer innovate solutions for environmental and planning aspects of project delivery – Anna has a detailed understanding of regulatory requirements, processes and policy issues which influence governmental decision making.

In addition to serving on various industry committees examining environmental and planning law reforms, Anna has been a sessional lecturer in planning law in both the Law and Built Environment Faculties at the Queensland University of Technology and, for the last 12 years, she has been a co-author of the leading industry publication in relation to planning and development in Queensland, as published by Thomson Reuters.

Professional Memberships

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Queensland Environmental Law Association
  • Australian Mining and Petroleum Lawyers Association
  • Queensland Resources Council


Legal insights

The recent decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal KEPCO Bylong Australia Pty Ltd v Bylong Valley Protection Alliance Inc provides a timely reminder of how Australian Courts approach...

27 September 2021

Nearly 14 years ago, New Acland Coal Pty Ltd (NAC) applied for a ‘stage 3 expansion’ of its coal mining operations near Oakey in Queensland by seeking two further mining leases and an amendment of...

08 February 2021

From the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a focus on streamlining environmental assessment and approvals to provide flexibility, facilitate emergency Covid responses and ‘fast track...

09 December 2020

As discussed in our previous updates in July, October and November 2020, the one-in-ten-year review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act) is currently...

01 September 2020

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