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George McKenzie

George McKenzie


George is a consultant in our Resources practice area and is recognised nationally as an industry leader. He combines his extensive expertise with genuine enjoyment of his work to provide commercially-focused advice in a working environment that he, his clients and his team enjoy.

Mainly practicing in resources, native title, infrastructure development and general commercial, George has acted for many of the mining companies in the State, including a broad cross section of exploration companies. His services include regulatory, contractual and commercial issues, infrastructure requirements, drafting and negotiating project developments, farm in/out and joint venture agreements and negotiating native title mining and Aboriginal heritage clearance agreements.

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George sees his role as creative and thrives on working closely with clients on projects that contribute positively to the economy. Solutions-orientated, expert and approachable, he is always focused on producing positive commercial results for clients. George’s lateral thinking enables him to find workable solutions and resolve apparent conflicts between all parties.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Law)
  • Bachelor of Laws (cum laude)



  • Councillor of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy Inc.
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors Fellow
  • Australian Geothermal Energy Association Regulatory Sub-committee Member

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Changes to Native Title Act following McGlade v Native Title Registrar


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SA Mining Acts Review: First Response from Government


Following the completion of the public submission phase of the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review in…

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Resources – Changes to Native Vegetation Clearance Exemptions in SA


On 1 July 2017, the current Native Vegetation Regulations will be revoked and replaced by new…

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Implications of McGlade v Native Title Registrar [2017] FCAFC 10


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Review of Mining Act & Mining Regulations – State Discussion Paper


The Discussion Paper on the review of the Mining Act and Mining Regulations is a valuable…

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Aboriginal Heritage Regulations and Guideline Released


The draft Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2016 are a positive step forward to the Aboriginal Heritage (Miscellaneous)…

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Minister Announces Mining Act Review


The Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy has announced a comprehensive review of South Australia’s Mining…

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Changes to Aboriginal Heritage Act Introduced into State Parliament


Apart from some specific issues of detail and concern, the proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage…

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Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission’s Tentative Findings


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