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Matthew Bryant

Matthew Bryant Practice Leader


Planning and Environment

Matthew Bryant


Planning and Environment

Matthew Bryant is a legal advisor to local governments, private landowners and developers across Queensland. 

He specialises in the areas of town planning and environment law, advising on all aspects of property development, environmental matters, land use, acquisition, land valuation and infrastructure charging matters. He has experience in land development as well as enforcement and prosecution advice and litigation under the Integrated Planning Act 1997, Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Planning Act 2016 and other associated State legislation. He has acted for a number of local governments in prosecutions and other regulatory compliance proceedings relating to local government and environmental offences under the Local Government Act 2009 and other local government legislation (including local laws), as well as the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and other State environmental legislation.

Matthew has held carriage of numerous Planning and Environment Court proceedings, including acting for and against appellants in respect of development application appeals, making change applications to the Court to amend existing development approvals and all other forms of declaratory relief available in the Court, including reviving lapsed approvals and extending the life of soon to lapse approvals.


  • Planning & Environment Court litigation
  • Local Government enforcement matters
  • Magistrate Court prosecutions and defence matters
  • Land development
  • Resumption Agreements and Land Acquisition
  • Land Court proceedings, including Land Valuation Appeals
  • Infrastructure charging
  • Vegetation clearing
  • Local Government advisory
  • Strategic Development Advisory
  • Planning Scheme and Conditions drafting

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Admitted – Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted – High Court of Australia
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Member of Queensland Law Society
  • Member of Queensland Environmental Law Association