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To PIN or not to PIN – that is the question

18 Aug, 2016

Increases in the prescribed amount for penalty notices (PIN) for environment and planning offences have seen an increase in the use of PINs, and an increase in the instances where recipients elect to have these matters dealt with by a…

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Council officers as strata scheme parking rangers?

4 Aug, 2016

Buried within Schedule 4  of the new Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 is an amendment to the Local Government Act 1993 (LG Act) to insert a new s650A. This will allow the body corporates to enter into an agreement with the council allowing the council to set…

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Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Bill 2016

29 Jun, 2016

The Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Bill 2016 (‘Governance and Planning Bill‘) was introduced into Parliament on 22 June 2016.  The Governance and Planning Bill is the first phase of the Government’s  broader reform of the Local Government Act 1993…

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New Councils – Transfer of Assets, Rights and Liabilities

29 Jun, 2016

My previous article (19 new amalgamated Councils for NSW),  focused on material operational matters for those new Councils created by the Local Government (Council Amalgamations) Proclamation 2016 and the Local Government (City of Parramatta and Cumberland) Proclamation 2016 of 12…

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Restraint Orders under the GIPA Act – an update

7 Jun, 2016

Last year, LTL wrote about a decision of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Pittwater Council v Walker)  in which restraint orders were made under s110 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) preventing Mr Walker from lodging access applications…

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