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2022 Queensland Land Valuations – do you need to object?

The 2022 Queensland Land Valuations were released yesterday, 31 March 2022. You can find further information about your land valuation here New valuations for properties in Queensland The local government areas being revalued include: Boulia, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Burke, Cairns, Carpentaria, Cassowary Coast, Croydon, Douglas, Etheridge, Fraser Coast, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Ipswich, Livingstone, Lockyer Valley,…

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Probuild Collapse and Sub-contractor Recovery Options

On 24 February 2022 builder Probuild was placed in administration.  This leaves in the vicinity of $5b worth of building projects in limbo around the country. While the administrators, Deloitte, attempt to secure a new owner for the business and therefore achieve completion of the 18 major building projects that are now in limbo, sub-contractors…

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Major Amendments proposed for the Logan Planning Scheme 2015

Logan City Council (Council) is proposing four major amendments to the Logan Planning Scheme (Planning Scheme), being: Health care service amendment (view Explanatory Report) Housing and lot diversity amendment (view Explanatory Report) Major planning scheme amendment 2021 (view Explanatory Report) Mixed use amendment (view Explanatory Report). Have your say Council is inviting your feedback on the proposed changes from Monday…

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How Much Can a Koala Bear? Koala Protection Measures in SEQ

Development in mapped koala areas has become a complex framework, meaning that developers and consultants need to have significant knowledge about the koala protection framework in order to make developments feasible. This article will give a brief overview of the koala protection framework. Introduction of koala protection measures The introduction of the koala protection measures…

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Challenging conditions of approval … what are my options?

You have received your development approval from Council, but you are not happy with some of the conditions Council has imposed.  There are options available to challenge those conditions.    The conditions of a development approval form an integral part of the development approval, together with the approved plans and documents.  Applicant’s should ensure that…

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Casual Employees – A Permanent Solution?

In June last year we reported on the decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court in WorkPac Pty Ltd v. Rossato. The Full Court Decision In that case the Full Court found that Mr Rossato was a permanent employee in circumstances where: The contract described him as a casual; He had worked for…

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Trunk vs. Non-Trunk Infrastructure and Conversion Applications

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The Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act) gives applicants the ability to apply to Council to convert non-trunk infrastructure required by a condition of approval to trunk infrastructure.  What this means is that you may be entitled to either an offset or refund for providing trunk infrastructure, as required by the conditions of approval of your…

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Environmental offsets: an overview of process

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Many local governments, including many in Central Queensland, do not currently impose conditions in their development approvals in relation to environmental offsets.  Part of the reason for this is that environmental offsets are not widely understood by local governments, despite the fact that Councils can impose conditions for environmental offsets due to their Biodiversity overlay…

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