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Author Archives: anna sinclair
A recent decision of the NSW Court of Appeal deals with whether land being developed for the purpose of residential apartments can be categorised as ‘residential’ for rating purposes under s516 of the Local Government Act 1993 (LG Act).
The issue of executive liability is an important topic for directors or persons concerned in the management of corporation who may be liable for the offences of a corporation. This article briefly examines the basis for liability including liability for … Continue reading
A recent NSW Supreme Court case concerning defamatory statements made against a local councillor provides useful guidance on when the defence of “honest opinion and fair comment” will be made out. This decision assists councillors and other politicians in understanding when the law will and will … Continue reading
Recent decisions of the Land and Environment Court show that public authorities, including local councils, can pursue individual directors to recover their clean-up costs where a corporation is deregistered.
Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd (Caltex) has been convicted and ordered by the Land and Environment Court to pay a record fine of $400,000 and costs of $450,000 for a petrol spill at its Banksmeadow fuel terminal in Port Botany.
Protection of Marine Environments through new Coastal Management Reforms – opportunities and challenges
As we recently blogged, the NSW Government has released the much anticipated draft State Environmental Planning Policy (Coastal Management) 2016 (CM SEPP) for public comment as part of its broader coastal management reform package (Reform Package). This blog looks at the opportunities under this … Continue reading
Under new changes to the Rural Fires Act 1997 local councils and other public authorities will be responsible for the construction and maintenance of fire trails on public land they own or occupy across New South Wales.
The NSW Government has released for public consultation a draft ‘New Wind Energy Planning Framework’ (Draft Framework) for large-scale wind energy facilities, which aims to increase investment in wind energy in the state, whilst balancing the needs of the community.
The Impounding Act 1993 will be amended by the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 from 1 July 2016, to give local councils and other impounding authorities greater powers to manage boat trailers parked on residential streets and to … Continue reading
Civil Liability Act – when is a council protected from liability arising from defects in paths and roads?
A recent decision of the Full Bench of the NSW Court of Appeal has reconsidered the special protection councils (in their capacity as roads authorities) have from liability in relation to road work where they do not have actual knowledge of … Continue reading