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Norman Waterhouse
Jo's degree in civil and environmental engineering together with her qualifications in law has led to her developing a logical, problem-solving approach to the law. She enjoys working with her clients to find solutions, and focuses on advising in way that is easy to understand and implement.

About Joanna

After finishing university in 2008, Jo worked as an Associate in the Supreme Court, learning the ins and outs of court work and honing her skills as an advocate.

She commenced practicing in planning and environmental law in 2011, and joined the Norman Waterhouse team in 2015. In this role, Jo advises council clients in all aspects of planning, building and environmental law under the Development Act 1993 and, increasingly the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 including: development assessment; land division; interpreting development plans and the building rules; and enforcement.

Jo appears regularly on behalf of council clients in the Environment, Resources and Development Court on all matters within its jurisdiction, including planning appeals, reviews, enforcement proceedings and prosecutions. She has taken a keen interest in South Australia’s planning reforms, and provides strategic advice to councils on their transition to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

Jo routinely presents training seminars on a range of topics, including planning reform, Section 7 searches and enforcement. She enjoys exploring all aspects of urban life in South Australia, and is a board member of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies to reflect this.


  • Town Planning and Development Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Enforcement
  • Building Law & fire safety
  • Land management agreements
  • Land division
  • Regulated and significant trees
  • Local Government Law
  • Administrative Law


  • Australian Institute of Urban Studies (SA) – Board member and Secretary


  • Doyle’s Guide: Rising Star, Planning & Environment 2019
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