P & E Law’s agribusiness and planning teams have provided a submission to the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning about the proposed amendments to the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014. The submission has focused on impacts on priority agricultural areas above the Walloon coal measures in the Condamine Alluvium. The examples given relate particularly to that area and are mostly directed to impacts on farms in priority agricultural areas for priority agricultural land uses. Many factors raised in the submission apply to the other areas of State significance including townships, environmental areas and strategic cropping land.
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This edition of our Landholder Newsletter covers CSG Deviated Drilling, CSG related subsidence, and Regional Interests Development Approvals in Priority agricultural areas & Strategic cropping areas. Be informed!
Is your local council area struggling to provide enough accommodation for its residents? In the interests of the community P&E Law has drawn up a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) template that can be adopted by any local government to give IMMEDIATE relief to the housing shortage issue in a local government area. Whilst long term solutions are needed for the housing/rental shortage crisis, the time taken for more housing to be built is lengthy in the current market where there are significant labour and construction material shortages. This TPLI provides various opportunities for immediate housing accommodation. [Oct 2021]
What are your rights to object to land resumed for roads, railways and electrical works? What compensation are you entitled for land acquisitions? This article explains the basics of the land acquisition process. [May 2023]
The noise impacts from a barking dog can be a real nuisance to a neighbour. But on the other hand, if you are a dog owner, your dog may be wrongly accused of making an unreasonable amount of noise. This article outlines opportunities to resolve these issues. [May 2023]
Is the short-term letting local law too divisive and can a better balance be achieved by a Good Neighbourhoods local law? As part of our commitment to the local community we drafted a proposed amendment to Noosa Council’s Local Law 3 to promote good behaviour in the community. The council in its 12-month review of the short-term letting local law is now considering a Good Neighbour Policy. [April 2023]
The Federal Government recently passed new laws1 requiring any person who is a director of a corporation, including those corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act Corporations), to get an individual “Director Identification Number” (DIN)2. For CATSI Act Corporations3, depending on when a person is appointed as a director (including being appointed as an alternate director) will determine when that person must obtain their DIN4. How to get a DIN: There are three (3) ways to obtain a DIN: Apply online by setting up a “myGovID” profile (different to a “MyGov” profile for Centrelink purposes) at www.mygovid.gov.au; Apply over the phone by calling 13 62 50 and answering some proof-of-identity questions; or Apply…
Our cheat sheets can provide a quick overview on minor changes, currency of development approvals and conditions. Handy tools if you work in the areas of planning or local government. Download the cheat sheets now.
Native title compensation has become a popular talking point over the last three years with many of our clients interested in learning more about what to do and consider if lodging a compensation claim. This article provides some guidance and considers two compensation claims that were recently struck out: Saunders on behalf of the Bigambul People v State of Queensland (No 2)  FCA 190 (Bigambul); and Wharton on behalf of the Kooma People v State of Queensland (No 2)  FCA 191 (Kooma). Compensation for acts affecting native title – some background In general terms native title holders can apply to the Federal Court for a determination of compensation for any act that causes an impairment to their native…
There has been much public discussion of the impact of the changes in the 2020 Noosa Planning Scheme on Short-Term and Long-Term Accommodation. In this article we review the history around the changes, the definition of Short-Term and Long-Term Accommodation, existing use rights, some considerations around existing approvals, superseded planning scheme applications and the prospects of obtaining an approval for Short-Term accommodation.
1 July 2018 is the cut-off date for local governments to introduce local laws to replace the State government waste management laws that will expire on that date.1 Time is running out for local governments to meet all of the obligations of the local law making process prior to the cut-off date.2 The state government waste management laws that are to expire form the basis for local governments to control waste collection within their local government areas in “waste collection areas”.3 Without that control domestic and commercial curbside waste collection services could be undertaken at the behest of each individual owner or occupier of premises without regard to Council. It is likely that local governments that have entered into contracts…