Monthly Archives: July 2014

Review of the GIPA Act

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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New Fire Safety Obligations for Certifiers and Councils

New fire safety provisions came into force on 18 July 2014 with the commencement of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Fire Safety) Regulation 2014 (Fire Safety Regulation). Amongst other things, the Fire Safety Regulation imposes a new obligation on certifying … Continue reading

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The Local Government (State) Award 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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When are boundary adjustments exempt development?

 In February 2014, the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (SEPP) was significantly amended including in respect of the types of subdivision which can be carried out as exempt development.

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Council’s ability to charge a fee for a service held to be wide in scope.

The recent case of Regional Express Holdings Limited (Rex) v Dubbo City Council (Council) (No 3) [2014] NSWLEC 87 (Decision) raises fundamental issues about a Council’s power to charge a fee for service under s608 of the Local Government Act … Continue reading

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LTL: Our second decade…

1 July 2014 marked LTL’s 10th anniversary. On behalf of the entire firm, I would like to publicly thank you, our clients, for your support over the last 10 years. The firm was formed to ensure that our clients could … Continue reading

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What is minimum lot size for subdivision on split mapped land?

The Standard Instrument contains an optional clause 4.1 regulating the minimum subdivision lot size. But where land contains two areas of land mapped for different lot sizes, what is the minimum subdivision lot size for a subdivision of the whole of … Continue reading

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