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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
Plans of management for Crown reserves – how to prepare for the changes to Crown land management in NSW
The new Crown Land Management Act 2016 is set to come into force this year. Importantly, the new Act will change the way local councils manage Crown reserves. In the future, local councils will manage Crown reserves as public land under the Local Government Act 1993....read more
Social media and local councillors - a risky mix Social media has a powerful capacity to connect communities and create change. It can be a force of positivity and is often used during election periods to quickly spread information and gain traction around key issues...read more
The State government is set to introduce new legislation this month so that local councils in NSW can voluntarily form new regional joint organisations. You can expect JOs to start rolling out across NSW from the middle of next year. In this post, we take a closer...read more
Regional Growth Fund opportunities Right now there is an unprecedented amount of funding up for grabs in regional NSW. The State Government is investing $1.6 billion into regional NSW with the combined Regional Growth Fund programmes. Great news for those of us in...read more
It would be fair to say that there is generally a low take up of alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, in the local government context. This could reflect concerns about the accountability and transparency of the process. It may just be a general...read more
In August 2017 the Federal Minister for Regional Development announced reforms to the Regional Development Australia (RDA) programme. This was in response to the findings and recommendations of the independent review of RDAs conducted in late 2016. This article looks...read more
In an earlier post we took an in depth look at the changes for management of Crown land by local councils. These changes will be introduced under the Crown Land Management Act 2016, which will come into full effect next year. We recommended that local councils would...read more
For many local councils and not-for- profits, a successful grant application can be the difference between a great idea getting off the ground or being shelved forever. With the State Government opening up significant funding opportunities under the Regional Growth...read more
Earlier this year the Sustainable Procurement Guide for local government was released by Local Government NSW. This Guide was developed in partnership with the NSW government and aims to drive sustainable procurement practices through the local government sector. With...read more
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