Stealing water is a crime but how does it happen and what can you do about it?

In simple terms, water theft is taking water without permission. As an individual or business, you may be accused of stealing water by interfering with a water meter or by taking water in an area where there is insufficient or no ...

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Insolvency Reforms: for better or for worse?

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced what it called the most significant reforms to Australia's insolvency framework in over 30 years. "The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of the...

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Lapsing of Development Consents in NSW – change of activities to consider

Current Position As Development Consents are expensive and time consuming to obtain, their retention has always been critical to developers, mining companies and landowners. Normally a Development Consent will lapse a date 5 y...

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Sydney gets its mojo back: night life post lockout laws

In 2019, the NSW Government announced a range of reforms to the State's liquor laws which included relaxing the lockout laws introduced in 2014.   What's happening to Sydney's lockout laws? The first stage of the reforms c...

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Clearing vegetation for bushfire protection

As the Australian fire seasons become longer and more intense, everyone in the community must plan and prepare as best as possible. Property owners are reminded that the majority of structures are lost to ember attack, rather than...

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Greater Focus on Good Design

The role of good design in development in NSW was considered in a decision of the Land and Environment Court earlier this year. In Zammit v Inner West Council [2019] NSWLEC 1074 Commissioner Horton discussed how Better Placed, an ...

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