Federal Court decision to benefit Tasmanian devils

30 Jul, 2013

The Federal Court in Tarkine National Coalition Incorporated v Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities [2013] FCA 694 has upheld a challenge to the validity of the Commonwealth Minister’s approval of an iron ore mine near Nelson Bay…

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Boarding Houses Regulation 2013

23 Jul, 2013

Further to our previous blog on the commencement of the Boarding Houses Act 2012  (Act), the Boarding Houses Regulation 2013 (Regulation) containing supporting provisions to the Act commenced on 1 July 2013.

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What is a residential building?

22 Jul, 2013

The NSW Court of Appeal recently handed down its decision in GrainCorp Operations Ltd v Liverpool Plains Shire [2013] NSWCA 171 throwing into question the line of authority which had previously interpreted the term ‘residential buildings’ (or similar terms) within an…

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Refresher: relevant and irrelevant considerations

16 Jul, 2013

A recent Court of Appeal decision, Lo v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2013] NSWCA 180 (Lo), provides the  opportunity for a refresher on the permissible scope of relevant and irrelevant considerations; such as, when evaluating a development application (DA).

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Strata Schemes

9 Jul, 2013

It is now more than 50 years since strata titles legislation commenced in NSW under the Conveyancing (Strata Titles) Act 1961. Many strata schemes are now approaching their ‘use by’ date with the schemes in need of termination and/or re-development. Nevertheless,…

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