Planning Reform White Paper Released

16 Apr, 2013

The NSW Government has today released the White Paper on planning reform in NSW, ‘A new planning system for NSW’. Two Exposure Bills, the Planning Bill 2013 and the Planning Administration Bill 2o13 have also been released.

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New State Government Powers to Suspend Councils

11 Apr, 2013

The Local Government Amendment (Early Intervention) Bill 2013 (Bill) was introduced into the Legislative Assembly on 26 February 2013 to give the State government more power to suspend and appoint administrators to councils to address ‘dysfunction and poor performance in…

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Copyright v EPA Act – have things changed?

3 Apr, 2013

In April 2012, LTL wrote about some of the difficulties faced by local councils in fulfilling their obligations to make certain information, such as development applications (DAs) and accompanying documents, publicly available, whilst at the same time avoiding a breach of copyright…

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Some cases on Sentencing

2 Apr, 2013

Defendants charged with breaching section 125 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (offences against the Act and its regulations) are often surprised to learn that their offences are dealt with under the same general sentencing principles that apply…

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