The Land: Melbourne Recital Centre

Our Client: Major Projects Victoria; The Issue: Authorisation of projections into airspace above roads

The Land: Murray River frontage at Mildura

Our Client: Places Victoria; The Issue: Assembly of land parcels for redevelopment

The Land: Coasts, Lakes and Rivers across Victoria

Our Client: Department of Transport, Planning & Local Infrastructure; The Issue: Governance of recreational boating facilities

The Land: Lake Boga

Our Client: Goulburn-Murray Water; The issue: Strategy for managing 140 illegal encroachments

The Land: Anywhere that people congregate

Our Client: Victorian Environmental Assessment Council; The Issue: What makes Melbourne ‘liveable’?

The Land: Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Our Client: Lend Lease on behalf of Myers Pty Ltd; The Issue: Acquisition of rights to airspace for pedestrian bridge

About us


The Public Land Consultancy

Our Values.We believe in...


Environmental Sustainability

The development and use of public land must not jeopardise its values for future generations

The Public Interest

The planning and management of public land must ultimately be in the best public interest

Sound Governance

The governance of public land must reflect and respect community views, standards and expectations

Learning & Teaching

Professionals who work in areas related to public land should pass on their knowledge and experience



David Gabriel-Jones established The Public Land Consultancy in 2000.

David’s knowledge of public land governance in Victoria derives from 18 years’ experience in the Department of Sustainability and Environment, its predecessors and related agencies.

He holds qualifications in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Public Policy.


Grant Arnold joins us from DSE, where he has been managing that Department’s statutory and strategic input into Victoria’s land use planning system. Earlier, Grant was Director of Agriculture Policy with Department of Primary Industries (DPI). His experience and skills in environmental, natural resource, public land and agriculture policy will add value to the services we provide for local government and statutory authorities.

Contact Grant at

Richard O’Byrne
comes to us from Parks Victoria, where he managed the Bays and Maritime Division. For the past four years he has been a member of the Central Coastal Board. Richard’s extensive expertise in coastal planning and management will be invaluable for our many coastal clients. Richard will be developing and presenting our new training course Managing Volunteers and Grants.

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Guest Course Presenters

Michael Beasley
LLB (Monash), B Econ (Monash)
Michael has 28 years’ experience as a lawyer specialising in risk-related law

Astrid Di Carlo
Senior Associate
Russell Kennedy, Lawyers

Karen Hayes
Coordinator Council Property
Property Manager, City of Yarra

David Mitchell
PhD, BAppSc, Licensed Surveyor
David is the Director of the Land Centre at RMIT University

Tom Vasilpoulos
LLB, M App Sc, Grad Dip Building Surveying
A Melbourne barrister with extensive experience as a municipal Building Surveyor and Building Inspector

Andrew Walker
Environmentally Accredited Specialist at the Victorian Bar
Previously Corporate Counsel, City of Melbourne

David Yarrow
A barrister with extensive experience in the law relating to Indigenous Australians