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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Flicking the Switch: Electric Vehicles offer new Opportunities

Recently there has been a lot of discussion in the media regarding Australia's use of Electric Vehicles (EVs), particularly in the lead up to the last election. Some have even suggested that the development of EVs could support a ...

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