Chalk & Behrendt - Lawyers & Consultants


We are a small law firm committed to delivering high quality services to our clients across the public and private sectors.

Previously Chalk & Fitzgerald, the firm has a long and respected history in servicing Indigenous organisations and businesses, particularly in relation to their lands and waters.


NSW ordered to transfer land to Biraban LALC

The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council has successfully challenged a refusal of two claims known as the "Moira Park Road No. 1 and No. 2" by the Minister Administering the Crown Lands Act in relation to land at Morisset on the NSW central coast. The NSW Land and Environment Court upheld the appeal and ordered the Minister to transfer two titles to the Biraban Local Aboriginal Land Council as a result.


Calga sand quarry extension refused on Aboriginal cultural heritage grounds

A decision of the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) to approve an extension to the Rocla Materials Pty Ltd owned sand quarry at Calga near Gosford on the NSW Central Coast has been reviewed and the application refused by the Land and Environment Court. The PAC approval was challenged by the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council and the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park, a neighbouring landowner.


Federal Court releases draft of Native Title National Practice Area practice note

On 16 October 2015 the Federal Court released a consultation draft practice note for the “Native Title National Practice Area”. This is part of a major overhaul of the case management system launched by Chief Justice Allsop, known as the National Court Framework (NCF).