‘Getting the balance right’ for CSG reforms

20 Feb, 2014

In October 2013, the NSW Government introduced measures to protect certain residential land and buffer zones around that land from new coal seam gas development. In January 2014, these exclusion zones were extended to cover land in villages which meets…

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Companion Animals Taskforce response

17 Feb, 2014

The State Government has released its final response to the Companion Animals Taskforce, a body set up by the government in 2011 to review the Companion Animals Act 1998 (Act) as well as policy on dog and cat welfare generally.

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Strata Termination: New Laws for Redevelopment

10 Feb, 2014

The NSW State Government Strata Title Law Reform position paper (Paper) sets out a wide range of proposed amendments to current strata legislation.  You can view the complete paper here. The sleeper issue for the new legislation will be the…

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Coastal Hazard Risk – Information on s149 Certificates

5 Feb, 2014

The Department of Planning has released a draft Planning Circular (Draft Circular) regarding notations on s149 certificates in respect of coastal hazards. Under s149 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act) application can be made for a planning…

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New BASIX targets – No change to housing affordability?

4 Feb, 2014

The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure has published new Building Sustainability Index (‘BASIX‘) targets for public comment. The NSW Government’s view is that the new BASIX targets will not affect housing affordability. However, a newspaper article from the Sydney Morning Herald on…

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Reports Recommending Local Government Reform in NSW

3 Feb, 2014

Recent reports prepared by the Local Government Acts Taskforce (‘Taskforce‘) and the Independent Local Government Review Panel (‘Panel‘), which set out recommendations for local government reform in NSW, have been finalised and given to the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Don…

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