Monthly Archives: May 2014

The new Environment Minister announces further measures to strengthen environment protection laws

The NSW Government yesterday announced a range of new measures that will strengthen the powers available to the EPA, including a proposed ten-fold increase in penalties for companies. Environment Minister Rob Stokes said “the changes will provide the EPA with … Continue reading

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Tribunal Overturns Suspension of Councillor

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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Indefeasibility of title and fraud in land transactions

The recent matter of Todd v Jingalong Pty Ltd [2014] NSWSC 362 gives a good example of  the principles which qualify the indefeasibility of title guaranteed by section 42 of the Real Property Act 1900 (Act) in the case of … Continue reading

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Is there still a role for biodiversity offsets in development assessment?

Biodiversity offsets are often proposed to address environmental impacts of development. However, a recent court decision indicates that when assessing proposed development, offsets are not to be preferred over avoidance and mitigation strategies.  It is therefore worthwhile considering the role … Continue reading

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