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
On Friday 15 April, the Court of Appeal delivered its judgement against Botany Bay City Council (Council) with respect to whether the Delegate assessing the Minister’s amalgamation proposal was required to consider a Council initiated … Continued
The findings of an inquest into an apartment fire that resulted in the death of a 21 year old woman and serious injuries to another include strong criticism about the regulation of fire safety standards. … Continued
NSW councils face historic change as employers in the Fit for the Future reform environment. Councils have by now mapped-out, on a self-assessment sustainability basis, staffing either on a ‘stand-alone’ or a new amalgamated employer … Continued
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