Easements for Council Water and Sewer Works?

9 Oct, 2014

We are often asked whether a local council requires an easement for its water and sewer works (including underground pipes) to remain on private land and to enable the council to enter onto private land to carry out works on that…

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Unreasonableness in Risk Management

16 Sep, 2014

It is often considered that it is difficult to have planning decisions set aside on the basis of ‘Wednesbury’ unreasonableness, that is, that the decision  is  so unreasonable that no reasonable authority could ever have come to it (Associated Provincial Picture Houses…

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Review of the GIPA Act

30 Jul, 2014

Councils and public sector agencies are reminded that a review (Review) of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) is currently being undertaken. Any council or agency wishing to make submissions to the Review must do so by 29 August 2014.

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The Local Government (State) Award 2014

17 Jul, 2014

The NSW Industrial Relations Commission has made a new award for local government. The award applies to over 50,000  employees in 150 local government areas across NSW from 1 July 2014.

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Tribunal Overturns Suspension of Councillor

22 May, 2014

A Marrickville councillor who was suspended for two months by the Director-General of the Division of Local Government (DG) for engaging in misconduct has succeeded in having the suspension overturned in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal).

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Swimming Pools Act: The Deadline Postponed

1 Apr, 2014

Numerous incidents over the years involving the tragic drowning of small children in backyard pools led the State Government in 2012 to amend the Swimming Pools Act 1992 (Act).  The main changes strengthen compliance conditions for child proof fencing and child…

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