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What Happens When Land is Resumed by a Government Entity?

Find out more about your legal rights when it comes to land resumptions.

Well, property and land resumptions are not quite like the way The Castle (1997) film depicts them.

If part, or all of your property, is likely to be subject to a land resumption, then you are entitled to claim compensation based on the Acquisition of Land Act under Property Law. A resumption of land is where a government entity takes part or all of your land, for an approved purpose.

There are many aspects to the legal claim which are important for you to understand; including that you can claim fair and reasonable compensation for a land resumption. On top of compensation, the Acquisition of Land Act provides that you are entitled to be reimbursed many of your costs including legal costs, land valuation costs and costs involving other experts (such as the cost of hiring specialist conveyancing property lawyers) who may assist in formulating your claim.

Our Sunshine Coast conveyancing solicitors in Nambour have undertaken many claims for compensation as a result of resumptions for our clients over the years.

If that is something that is happening to you, or might happen to you in the near future, please feel free to give our Butler McDermott law firm’s Sunshine Coast Solicitor Peter Boyce a call. He has much experience with reumption cases and can set you on the right path.

Our Nambour property conveyancing solicitors also advise our resumptions Sunshine Coast clients whether they have any real basis to object to the taking of their property.

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Peter Boyce


Peter has been practising as a Nambour Solicitor since 1977 and joined Butler McDermott Lawyers the same year.

With over 40 years practicing as a Sunshine Coast lawyer, Peter has extensive knowledge of various facets of law.

He has practised in all areas of litigation and has special interests in:

  • Criminal law
  • Civil and Commercial litigation
  • Retirement Village matters
  • Sports law
  • Resumption of land and compensation claims


Peter has specialised knowledge of and experience with resumption matters as a result of the Traveston Dam project, road corridors, Main Roads and water pipeline. He is renowned for his professional approach and is an experienced and determined advocate.

Brent King


Brent works as a litigation lawyer, providing litigation legal advice in relation to both civil and criminal law matters, including:
  • Defamation Claims
  • Contract and Debt Disputes
  • Building and Construction Disputes
  • Planning Matters
  • Criminal Law and Traffic Legal Matters
Having grown up on the Sunshine Coast and joining Butler McDermott after the completion of his studies, Brent appreciates the needs of our clients, and brings a particularly commercial approach to litigation. Brent is a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Sunshine Coast Law Association, and has litigated a wide variety of matters in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts.

Al Upton


After arriving at Butler McDermott Lawyers in 2016, Al quickly progressed to running our Wills and Estates section and has successfully litigated disputes in the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland in the early stages of his career.

In the years that followed Al has now moved to assist our clients with commercial and property matters having achieved positive outcomes in that area as well as general litigation. Al’s experience has him uniquely placed to provide quality advice in the areas of property, commercial, wills and estates and general litigation.

Al is involved in giving back to the community, sitting on the board for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and Sundale Community Foundation. He otherwise became a director of Butler McDermott Lawyers in November 2021.