14 June 2021

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Local Council push for more open government limited by privacy laws

Local Council push for more open government limited by privacy laws

by James Neilson
How much do privacy laws and commercial-in-confidence provisions restrict the information Councils can publish about tenders and contracts? Background The Local Government Regulation 2012 ("the Regulation") requires Councils to publish, as soon as practicable after entering into a...

10 May 2021

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Bunnings stores rates challenge costs Ipswich Council

Bunnings stores rates challenge costs Ipswich Council

by Sonia Smith
Court of Appeal decision demonstrates why local governements should avoid ambiguous or overlapping differential rating categories for retail shops and shopping centres The Queensland Court of Appeal decision in BWP Management Limited & Anor v Ipswich City Council [2020] QCA 104 has expose...

1 December 2020

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Changes to the process of selling land for overdue rates and charges recently introduced

Changes to the process of selling land for overdue rates and charges recently introduced

by Clare Heitkonig
Local governments who wish to sell land for overdue rates and charges must be aware of these important amendments The Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No 1) 2020 recently introduced a series of changes to the Local Government Regulation 2012 (LGR).  Notably, a number of...

20 October 2020

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Court of Appeal clarifies infrastructure charging

Court of Appeal clarifies infrastructure charging

by Clare Heitkonig
Is your local government up-to-date on the pre-requisites for issuing an infrastructure charges notice? The recent Court of Appeal (CoA) decision of Toowoomba Regional Council v Wagner Investments Pty Ltd & Anor [2020] QCA 191 has helped clarify how local governments should approach infra...

Local Council push for more open government limited by privacy laws

Jun 14 2021
How much do privacy laws and commercial-in-confidence provisions restrict the information Councils can publish about tenders and contracts? Bac...

How Councils can save resources when processing RTI requests relating to planning and development applications and approvals

May 24 2021
The administrative burden of Right to Information requests on QLD Councils may be reduced by first checking and advising RTI applicants what plan...

Bunnings stores rates challenge costs Ipswich Council

May 10 2021
Court of Appeal decision demonstrates why local governements should avoid ambiguous or overlapping differential rating categories for retail shop...
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