Monthly Archives: December 2014

Construction certificates – inconsistency with DA held not to effect validity

In our previous blog on the decision of the Land and Environment Court (‘LEC‘) in Ralan Pty Limited v Burwood Council [2013] NSWLEC, we stated that the decision would be interpreted by developers to give them scope to modify the detail of … Continue reading

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What constitutes a ‘centre of activity’ for business rating purposes?

The correct categorisation of land for council rating purposes is critical to the financial operation of local government and has the potential to have a significant financial impact on property owners. A recent decision of the Land and Environment Court (‘the Court‘) demonstrates that the Court … Continue reading

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Resource recovery, waste processing and storage facilities licence thresholds reduced

The burden on councils (particularly those in the regulated area)  as regulator of non-scheduled activities under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) will be reduced by the lowering of the thresholds for the licensing of certain waste … Continue reading

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New self-assessable codes allowing clearing of native vegetation

The Minister for the Environment, Rob Stokes, has made three orders under the Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 which establish three “self-assessable codes” permitting landholders to carry out  certain clearing and thinning of native vegetation species without the need to apply … Continue reading

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More changes to 10/50 vegetation clearing rules

Further changes have been announced to the controversial 10/50 vegetation clearing rules amid concern that the rules have been abused for other purposes.

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