Most Read Contributor in Australia, September 2016
In the media – National
ARENA: Calculating the prospects of solar
The Resources and Energy Minister has launched new online tools
supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency that will help
researchers, developers and financiers assess the commercial
prospects of Concentrating Solar Thermal power projects in
Australia (25 July 2013).
Chemical Time Bomb
In the 1980s and 1990s governments across Australia outlawed the
use of the herbicide 245T, with evidence that this potentially
deadly chemical compound may still be present in weed control
products and that authorities do not routinely test for it (23 July
Researchers say carbon storage not quick
Carbon farming will not work, according to the University of
Melbourne. The new study found the current scientific findings
indicate that storing carbon in Australia soils will not be the
quick fix it has been promoted, and farmers are unlikely to make
any money out of it (17 July 2013).
In the media – Victoria
Investors reveal impact of timber schemes collapse as
they fight for compensation
More than a decade after being left out of pocket by a
multi-billion-dollar timber scheme collapse thousands of investors
are still seeking compensation. Victoria's Supreme Court is
currently hearing Australia's largest class action against
Great Southern (16 July 2013).
Reforming Victoria's planning
Minister for Planning Matthew Guy has announced a full review of
the State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) in order to deliver on
the state's new Metropolitan Planning Strategy and its Regional
Growth Plans (18 July 2013).
East-worst: heavy toll for Parkville
Investors with Evo apartments in Parkville thought they were
purchasing views of "sublime parklands and leafy
streetscapes". Instead, the 175 off-the-plan luxury apartments
will be completely surrounded by freeway, according to Victorian
government east-west toll road plans (17 July 2013).
More than 100 properties to make way for the first stage
of the East West Link
The State Government is insisting residents who stand to lose
their homes to the first stage of the $8 billion East West Link in
Melbourne's inner north will not be disadvantaged. The Premier
Denis Napthine says compensation will be assessed at pre-tunnel
market value (16 July 2013).
In the media – Queensland
Qld landholders have their say on vegetation management
The Minister for Natural Resources and Mines has released new
codes for comment that recognise the role farmers play in managing
issues such as weeds and encroachment and provide flexibility to
clear vegetation for fence lines and to provide fodder for
livestock (23 July 2013).
Queensland puts a forensic focus on
The State Government has today released a framework to develop an
economic roadmap for Queensland with the release of the Governing
for Growth: Enabling A Stronger Queensland Economy built upon the
findings of the Commission of Audit Final Report (17 July 2013).
Queensland Government cuts resource project red
As part of the changes, the Coordinator-General and Department of
Environment and Heritage Protection has formulated new risk-based,
generic terms of reference for EIS processes conducted under the
State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (17 July
In practice and courts – National
Green Building Day 2013: megatrends for the property
This week's Green Building Day keynote speech by GPT's
sustainability manager Bruce Precious summed up six key trends that
will shape the property sector over the coming decades (25 July
In practice and courts – Victoria
Announcements, Draft Policies and Plans released
Victorian planning permit activity
A new look
Planning Permit Activity Monthly Report has been released,
providing a more detailed view on the statistics for planning
permits by state, region, sub-region and responsible authority.
PPARS authorised account holders are able to access additional data
via 'drill-down' functionality (25 July 2013).
Reformed residential zones advisory note
The Department of Planning and Community Development has released
advisory note on the reformed residential zones. The note
provides information about the General Residential, Neighbourhood
Residential and Residential Growth Zones, which replace the
Residential 1, 2 and 3 zones (18 July 2013).
Victoria Law Foundation new publication, Neighbours,
the law and you
The free publication is a comprehensive guide on your rights and
responsibilities as a neighbour and covers some of the most common
neighbourhood dispute issues including fences, trees, noise and
pets (16 July 2013).
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
To print this article, all you need is to be registered on Mondaq.com.
Click to Login as an existing user or Register so you can print this article.
The Council announced planning policies to encourage more inner suburban retirement village and aged care development.
Some comments from our readers… “The articles are extremely timely and highly applicable” “I often find critical information not available elsewhere” “As in-house counsel, Mondaq’s service is of great value”
Register for Access and our Free Biweekly Alert for
This service is completely free. Access 250,000 archived articles from 100+ countries and get a personalised email twice a week covering developments (and yes, our lawyers like to think you’ve read our Disclaimer).