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21 Nov 16
Crown land in NSW - consolidation of ownership, use and management
The Crown Land Management Act 2016 (NSW) was passed on 14 November 2016. The statutory provisions under the Crown Lands Act 1989 (NSW), Crown Lands (Continued Tenures) Act 1989 (NSW) and Western Lands Act 1901 (NSW) applicable to the ownership, use and management of Crown land in NSW have been consolidated and will now be governed by the single CLM Act.
16 Sep 16
Body corporates and local councils could work together to deal with parking infringements
Parking has become a key issue in many strata schemes due to increasing population and a greater number of vehicles. From 30 November 2016, body corporates and local councils can enter into licence agreements where councils may erect signs restricting parking and in the event of breaches of those parking restrictions, rangers may issue penalty infringement notices.
14 Jul 16
ThreeSixty - August 2016
Welcome to the August 2016 edition of ThreeSixty, McCullough Robertson’s magazine dedicated to Local Government. In this edition the theme is ‘Your City, Your Town, Your Community’. We look at how Councils across Queensland, and in particular regional and rural areas are delivering for their communities often under challenging circumstances.
12 May 16
Local Government: Chain of Responsibility Act
Environmental clean-up costs can now rest with ‘significant’ financial beneficiaries of a project, even where they don’t have site access or an influence over the activities. They can rest with someone who in the past two years has been in a position to influence environmental compliance, and they can climb the corporate tree.
18 Nov 15
ThreeSixty - November 2015
Welcome to the November 2015 edition of ThreeSixty, McCullough Robertson's bi-annual magazine dedicated to Local Government and related industries.
5 Nov 15
Government Response to the Financial System Inquiry (Murray Report)
The Financial System Inquiry Final Report (Murray Report) was released on 7 December 2014. On 20 October 2015, the Federal Government released its response to the Murray Report, accepting the majority of its recommendations.
9 Jul 15
High Court finds apprehended bias existed for a Council officer in dual role of investigator and decision maker
A recent High Court decision reiterates the importance of minimising the risk of apprehended bias in local government decision making processes. The case concerned a decision by the Knox Domestic Animals Act Committee of the Knox City Council (Council) that a dog owned by the Appellant, Ms Isbester, be destroyed.
17 Jun 15
Council process failure renders CEO dismissal invalid
Council CEOs taking disciplinary action against a local government employee must provide written notice of the disciplinary action, the grounds for that action, the particulars of conduct claimed to support the grounds, and a reasonable opportunity to respond to the written notice.
13 May 15
ThreeSixty - May 2015
Welcome to the May 2015 edition of ThreeSixty, McCullough Robertson's bi-annual magazine dedicated to Local Government and related industries.
1 May 15
A quick guide to the latest changes - Local Government Electoral Act 2011 (Qld)
On 1 January 2015, a number of changes were made to the process governing Council elections. The changes were largely brought in to further align the local government and State government electoral processes.
28 Apr 15
The BIM revolution is coming
Building information modelling (BIM) is on track to become a game changer in the Australian construction industry. The increasing use of BIM in Australia is requiring a significant re-think to project delivery for both government and the industry.
1 Apr 15
Is your contractor paying its subcontractors?
In this alert, construction and procurement lawyer Tony Roccisano suggests some methods for your Council to better monitor payment problems between its contractors and subcontractors.
16 Oct 14
ThreeSixty - October 2014
Welcome to the October 2014 edition of ThreeSixty, McCullough Robertson’s bi-annual magazine dedicated to Council and related industries.
7 Aug 14
Land tenure reform offers opportunities for local government
The State Government is calling for submissions from local governments and other interested parties on the most significant state land review in Queensland in over 100 years. Submissions are due by 31 August 2014.
1 Jul 14
Queensland infrastructure charges reforms: what do they mean for local governments?
Infrastructure charges reforms for Councils are expected to commence on 4 July 2014, amending the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld). These reforms maintain the current ‘capped’ infrastructure charges framework - but be wary as they bring about some substantial changes.
11 May 14
ThreeSixty - May 2014
Welcome to the May 2014 edition of ThreeSixty, McCullough Robertson’s bi-annual magazine dedicated to Council and related industries.
25 Nov 13
D-day for Council de-amalgamation is fast approaching
The changeover day for the newly de-amalgamating Douglas, Livingstone, Mareeba and Noosa Shire Councils is 1 January 2014. Developers should be aware of what this means for development applications (DAs) or appeals going forward.
15 Sep 13
ThreeSixty - September 2013
Welcome to the September 2013 edition of ThreeSixty, McCullough Robertson’s bi-annual magazine dedicated to Council and related industries.
13 Aug 13
Procedure is paramount in compulsory acquisitions
Two recent cases serve as reminders for those involved in compulsory acquisition matters to scrutinise their obligations under the Acquisition of Land Act 1967 (Qld) (ALA), including matters which appear to be only administrative in nature.
14 Apr 13
ThreeSixty - April 2013
Welcome to the April 2013 edition of ThreeSixty, McCullough Robertson’s bi-annual magazine dedicated to Council and related industries.
17 Sep 12
Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012
On 13 September 2012, the Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 (LGOLAB 2012) was introduced into the Queensland Parliament.
The LGOLAB 2012 proposes a number of significant amendments to the Local Government Act 2009 (LGA) and the City of Brisbane Act 2010 (Qld) (COBA) which are aimed at giving effect to a number of published policies of the Government outlined during election earlier this year.
22 Jun 12
Changes to Queensland's IR laws
The Newman Government has amended the Industrial Relations Act 1999 (Qld) to provide greater rights to employers in the Queensland industrial relations system, including Regional Councils. McCullough Robertson Partner Cameron Dean, and Lawyer Lauren Bain highlight some of the implications of this change.
22 Nov 11
Major policy decisions during the local government caretaker period
With local government elections set to occur on the last Saturday in March 2012, Councils need to be aware of the provisions and restrictions during the caretaker period in the weeks leading up to the election. Local Government lawyers Troy Webb (Partner), Matt Bradbury (Partner) and Sarah Wheatley (Lawyer) provide some timely advice on managing major policy decisions leading up to, and during the caretaker period.
9 Jun 11
Reconstructing Queensland - what is value for money?
Local government authorities affected by floods and cyclone are still counting the cost of repair to council property. Construction lawyer Brad McCosker, contract expert David Downie and infrastructure lawyer Tony Roccisano provide some important tips for businesses seeking work reconstructing Queensland.
29 Mar 11
Impact of new GST provisions on government agencies
On 24 March 2011, a bill was introduced into Parliament proposing changes which will replace the current mechanism for determining GST payable on payments received by Australian government agencies, including local governments - from 1 July 2011, subject to transitional rules.