Our team’s involvement in waterfront developments spans more than three decades, advising on a wide range of matters relating to the development, operation and realisation of waterfront projects. These projects are significant not only because of their scale, but also because they integrate residential, commercial, industrial, retail and recreational uses. We have:

  • created public companies to represent individual berth owners and their interests in freehold onshore facilities for commercially operated marinas
  • created legal and management structures which allow for mooring berths to be sold to individual owners with title, via a leasehold system, over seabed areas
  • negotiated with local authorities and government departments, both in Australia and abroad, on environmental issues and seabed valuations and revaluations for rating and rental purposes
  • prepared detailed contractual documents for rental and sub-leasing of marina berths
  • provided taxation, stamp duty and other revenue advice
  • advised on the legal, commercial and management arrangements under which marinas and associated resort, retail and commercial businesses operate
  • acted in acquisitions and sales of marinas and marina berths both in Australia and abroad
  • prepared agreements for short term marina berth rental, dry storage, slipping and hard standing agreements
  • advised on workplace health and safety, environmental and other insurance and liability issues and dealt with the development of operational plans
  • advised on detailed cyclone management plans.

Projects we have advised on include:

  • Bluewater Marina
  • Coomera Waters Marina
  • Fisherman’s Wharf Marina, Hervey Bay
  • Mackay Marina
  • Rivergate Marina
  • Runaway Bay Marina
  • Tin Can Bay Marina
  • Barbados Port Authority, Barbados
  • Bluewater Point and Deepwater
  • Denarau Island Resort, Fiji
  • Hamilton Island Tourist Resort, North Queensland
  • Melbourne Docklands
  • Mirage Resorts and Marinas in Port Douglas and Gold Coast
  • Raby Bay/Raby Bay Quays
  • Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Manly
  • The Wharf, Mooloolaba.
Recent News and Publications
16 Mar 2018
In our most recent publication on leasing, we focused on the consent that a tenant might need to obtain from its landlord if the tenant wishes to assign its interest in a lease. In this article, we explore some key considerations that arise when it is the landlord assigning its interest in a lease.
06 Mar 2018
Mediation has become a popular method to resolve disputes, and with good reason. Depending on the circumstances, mediation can offer numerous advantages over traditional litigation.
28 Feb 2018
The February 2018 edition of the Australian Property Law Bulletin (a LexisNexis publication) contains an article by Ben Shaw and Matthew Butchard entitled 'Resolving GST ambiguity: A & A Property Developers Pty Ltd v MCCA Asset Management Ltd.'