Dominic is a mining and resources expert with over 30 years 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.
His current practice can be broadly divided into:
- development: including land tenure issues such as dealing with native title
- operation: including safety, environmental compliance, electricity connection and supply and contract performance, and
- corporate: including strategic project advice to boards and stakeholder relations.
Dominic has acted for various coal, base metals and other mining operations, petroleum and gas operators, water entities, electricity entities, ports, State Government agencies, foreign governments, as well as sugar and timber entities and pastoral companies.
"I’m fortunate enough to work for clients who have a strong commitment to communities that are affected by their operations, because ‘putting back in to a community that has given you an opportunity’ aligns with the way I think" - Dominic says.
Projects that he has worked on, or is currently working on include:
- acting for QGC on the QCLNG Project
- acting for various coal companies in Queensland and New South Wales
- exploring the potential for uranium mining with Summit Resources Limited
- acting for Chalco in relation to the Aurukun Bauxite Project, and
- acting for various government agencies (including Ports Corporation of Queensland and Port of Brisbane Corporation) in relation to the effect of native title on their activities.
Prior to joining McCullough Robertson in 1996, Dominic held prominent positions within Queensland Government agencies. He was Executive Director of Crown Law, and Executive Director - Policy and Legislation Division with the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.
Born in Port Hedland, then attending schools in Darwin and Townsville has given Dominic an appreciation for the richness and diversity of the landscape and its people.
‘One of the many things I love about my work is that it affords me the opportunity to be in work environments such as small towns in the regions.’