Monthly Archives: September 2016

Local Government Act Phase 1 Amendments in force

On 30 August 2016 the Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Act 2016  (Amendment Act) was made and the majority of its provisions are now in force. This blog sets out which provisions are in force or will shortly commence operation, and … Continue reading

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Strata Termination: how the owners decide

The ultimate decision on whether a strata renewal proposal is approved is up to the Land & Environment Court.  Before the matter goes to the Court, the strata owners themselves must consider whether they wish to apply to the Court … Continue reading

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Access to copies of DA plans (protected by copyright) under the GIPA Act

In a period of a week, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) has handed down two judgements addressing whether a person should have access to copies of plans received by a Council as part of a development application. The … Continue reading

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Challenging the reasonableness of a clean-up notice can be risky business

A director of Sydney Drum Machinery Pty Ltd was charged with the commission of two offences against the provisions of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 on the basis that the company had, without reasonable excuse, failed to comply with two (2) … Continue reading

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The new strata termination laws start 30 November

The Department of Fair Trading has announced that the new strata laws, the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 (Act) and the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015, will commence on 30 November 2016.  While the new building defect bond scheme will not start … Continue reading

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