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Monthly Archives: May 2013
In Donnellan v Ku-ring-gai Council  NSWADT 115, the Administrative Decisions Tribunal considered a claim that access to submissions on a development application (DA) should not be granted to the proponent of the DA under the Government Information (Public Access) Act … Continue reading
In Dobrohotoff v Bennic  NSWLEC 61, the Land and Environment Court held that a dwelling-house in the 2(a) zone in Gosford could not be used for holiday rentals. The primary reason, in Pepper J’s judgment, was that the use … Continue reading
In November 2012, the Division of Local Government announced the release of the Model Asbestos Policy for NSW Councils (Policy). The Policy was the product of a recommendation of the NSW Ombudsman’s report Responding to the asbestos problem: The need … Continue reading
On 17 May 2013, the NSW Government gazetted a new Regulation to overcome the most troublesome aspects of the recent CCTV decision of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal in SF v Shoalhaven City Council  NSWADT 94.
The Local Government Acts Taskforce recently released a Discussion Paper titled, ‘A New Local Government Act for NSW’ . The Discussion Paper ‘explores matters that in the view of the Taskforce are the key elements of a new Local Government Act … Continue reading
The NSW Court of Appeal (Court) has unanimously upheld the validity of an order issued by Narrabri Shire Council (Council) requiring a property owner (Appellant) to restore land to a safe and healthy condition. Although the notice did not identify … Continue reading
A review of Local Government Investments has found that changes implemented by the State Government since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) have started to curb losses from investments in Collateralised Debt Obligations (CDO‘s).
Councils and accredited certifiers will be aware of recent changes to the Building Professionals Act 2005 (BP Act) requiring an accredited certifier, or their employer, to enter into a written contract with a client before carrying out certification work.
In Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association Inc v Minister for Planning and Infrastructure and Warkworth Mining Limited  NSWLEC 48, Preston CJ of the Land and Environment Court (Court) overturned the Planning Assessment Commission’s (PAC) February 2012 Part3A approval of the expansion of open … Continue reading
The Exposure Draft Planning Bill 2013 (Planning Bill), which was released for public consultation along with the document published by the NSW Government on 16 April 2013 titled A New Planning System for NSW – White Paper, proposes several significant changes … Continue reading