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About sue puckeridge

Partner. Sue is a highly regarded specialist planning, environment and local government lawyer, with over 16 years' practice experience covering both the local government and private sectors. Sue spent a number of years as in-house Counsel and Director of Legal & Secretariat at the Council of the City of Sydney and also worked in private practice in some of Sydney's top tier law firms. Sue has particular specialist expertise and interest in local government law matters including the full range of governance and probity matters. Sue's broader practice experience includes a focus on major projects including relationships with government, environmental planning, voluntary planning agreements, contract procurement and tendering, construction contracts, project management and dispute management, as well as project and corporate governance and probity. Sue's significant litigation experience includes conducting merit and other matters in the Land and Environment Court, and she is proud of her success in utilising alternative dispute mechanisms for the benefit of her clients.

Public Sector Agencies’ – Civil Liability for Child Abuse

On 26 October 2018 the NSW Parliament passed legislation to introduce a statutory duty on both public sector agencies and private organisations to prevent the abuse of children. 

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Thinking of challenging the validity of a development consent? The sooner, the better!

Generally proceedings challenging an administrative decision must be commenced within 3 months of the decision being made.  However, the Court does have the discretion to vary this time frame. Three recent decisions in the Land and Environment Court involving challenges … Continue reading

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Abandonment of development standards – Relevance of previous consents

The Land and Environment Court recently considered the relevance of previous development consents on a site to the question of whether the floor space ratio (‘FSR’) standard was unreasonable or unnecessary in the circumstances of a fresh application for development … Continue reading

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Back to BASIX, Part 2 – Boarding house rooms may constitute separate dwellings

Last year we discussed what constitutes BASIX affected development and questioned whether boarding house rooms are capable of constituting separate dwellings, therefore making a boarding house a BASIX affected building (see our previous blog). The Land and Environment Court (Court) … Continue reading

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What you need to know: amendments to the Privacy Act 1988

The Commonwealth Government’s recent reforms to the Privacy Act 1988 have taken effect, heralding new obligations for a number of organisations across the country. This article will consider what those obligations are, who is affected, and how organisations will be required … Continue reading

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ALERT – NSW Government remakes the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code

Following our blog on 9 March 2018, the Minister for Primary Industries has made a new Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2018 (‘Code‘) that commenced on 10 March 2018. The Code is identical in substance to the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code … Continue reading

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Update – Further extension for the commencement of new Biodiversity Laws

On 23 February 2018, the Biodiversity Conservation (Savings and Transitional) Amendment Regulation 2018 (Amending Regulation) was released. The Amending Regulation extends the application of the pre 25 August 2017 provisions (‘former provisions’) of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (‘EPA Act‘) relating … Continue reading

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“Significant development” – a new avenue in FSR calculations?

An important consideration in the assessment of many development applications is whether the relevant floor space ratio (FSR) controls have been complied with.

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Recent updates on the new Biodiversity and Land Clearing Laws

New laws for the assessment of biodiversity and clearing of vegetation in NSW commenced on 25 August 2017. Since the laws commenced, the Government has amended the regulations and proceedings have been commenced in the Land and Environment Court challenging … Continue reading

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Changes to the Catchment SEPP – A new test for ‘continuing development’ and water quality

The New South Wales Government has assented to new legislation that amends both the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (‘EPA Act‘), and the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 2011 (‘Catchment SEPP‘). The Environmental Planning and Assessment … Continue reading

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