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Two recent legal decisions highlight the potential risks to councillors being online, particularly on social media platforms such as Facebook. These cases have shown that: (i) Councillors may be exposed to personal liability for commenting on a defamatory post on...read more
Earlier this year the amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 introduced a new layer into the strategic planning hierarchy in NSW. Councils are now required under the Act to prepare a ‘local strategic planning statement’ or LSPS for their...read more
The Information and Privacy Commission has recently released the Charter for Public Participation – a guide to assist agencies and promote citizen engagement (The Charter). The Charter is aimed at New South Wales government agencies but is equally applicable to local...read more
Wired to connect As human beings we are wired to connect with other humans. This is because we are social animals, and so too is our brain. Research has shown that our brain is directly and deeply influenced by our social interaction with others. The 80 year study...read more
Risk to employers of workplace bullying and harassment complaints Workplace bullying and harassment complaints are on the rise. This is due to a number of factors such as: / increasing awareness of the need to complain and “call out” inappropriate behaviour / ...read more
Local councils are responsible for managing over 7,000 Crown reserves across NSW. On 1 July 2018 how local councils manage these reserves is set to change with the commencement of the Crown Land Management Act 2016. With the legislation being five years in the making,...read more
What is the planning fallacy? Despite the increase in knowledge, expertise, and use of project management tools and techniques, many projects still over promise and under deliver. This fact comes down to the planning fallacy. Put simply, this is our tendency to...read more
The famed words from the Vanilla Ice one hit wonder – stop, collaborate and listen – contains some important lessons for those working with their communities. From our experience a collaborative approach between local councils and their communities is a key ingredient...read more
Complaints are an everyday fact in local government. These range from complaints about the Council not collecting the rubbish and barking dogs next door, to more serious ones about Councillor misbehaviour or allegations of corruption. How a council responds to these...read more
Planners regularly need to balance competing interests when making development decisions (such as determining a development application or assessing a planning proposal). This makes conflict an inevitability in the planning system. Sometimes this conflict can be...read more
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