On 14 November 2018, judgment was handed down by the New South Wales Supreme Court, Court of Appeal on whether a commercial land owner was entitled to recover rates, levied and paid, during the construction … Continued
The majority of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (NSW) (the Act) commenced on 1 July 2018. The Act significantly reforms the use and management of Crown land in NSW. This article provides an overview of the key reforms, … Continued
On 27 April 2018, the Building Minister’s Forum (BMF) released the final report by Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir entitled ‘Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for … Continued
The NSW Land and Environment Court has taken the rare step of imposing a custodial sentence on a landowner who refused to comply with Court’s orders to cease an illegal use of a duplex as … Continued
The recent release by the NSW Government of a revised Practice Note and draft Direction and circular regarding the use of Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs) may serve as a timely opportunity for Councils to undertake … Continued
For many federal, state and local government agencies that perform a regulatory role, risk is often an important feature of the regulatory frameworks that they oversee. Risk management may be the dominant focus of the … Continued
On 4 July 2016, the New South Wales Court of Appeal handed down a unanimous decision in Secure Parking Pty Ltd v Woollahra Municipal Council  NSWCA 154 (Secure Parking). The case is a significant … Continued
On 6 January 2016, the Minister for Local Government initiated a proposal to amalgamate Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra councils. During the ‘inquiry’ into that proposal, the Delegate responsible for examining and reporting on the proposal was … Continued
The Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Bill 2016 (Bill) was introduced to the Legislative Assembly on 22 June 2016 by the Minister for Local Government, to amend the Local Government Act 1993 (LG Act) … Continued
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