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New water trade rules start next month
There are only a couple of weeks until the Basin Plan water trade
rules come into effect on 1 July. New website content will go live
on 1 July, which will publish state water trading rules in one
central location and provide information on the basin's most
traded water market products (17 June 2014).
Planning process fast-tracked with new VicSmart
Home renovators and small businesses will have their waiting times
slashed from around 40 days to just 10, under a major overhaul of
the planning permit process (19 June 2014).
Red tape reduction cuts $8 million in building
Demands on commercial builders to take out costly and unnecessary
insurance policies will even more attractive place to build and
invest. The the mandated requirement for commercial builders to
hold structural defects insurance has been an impediment to growing
business and development in Victoria (10 June 2014).
Water Act 2007 Review
The overarching focus of the Review is to consider whether the
Water Act is delivering on its objectives effectively and with the
minimum necessary regulatory burden imposed on the water industry,
water managers and irrigators. Submissions close 4 July 2014.
Announcements, Draft Policies and Plans released
Reminder: Retirement Villages Amendment (Records and
Notices) Regulations 2013 and the Retirement Villages Amendment
(Contractual Arrangements) Regulations 2013
These will come into effect on 1 July 2014. The factsheet and
disclosure statement will help inform older Victorians about the
financial obligations associated with retirement village living.
Release of VicSmart
The proposed new
VicSmart planning provisions have been released in advance of
their introduction to the Victoria Planning Provisions and
all planning schemes in September 2014. VicSmart is a consistent
statewide process to fast track permit applications like fences,
signs and small alterations and additions to shops, offices and
factories, reducing decision times from around 40 days to just 10
business days. The new provisions and an information package are
available at www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/vicsmart
(19 June 2014).
Fortuna Fountain Pty Ltd v Dato Lim Jew Siang
Investments Pty Ltd (Retail Tenancies)  VCAT
clause 14-landlord alleged non-receipt-insufficient evidence of
postage by tenant-notice also sent by the tenant by facsimile to
the solicitor known to be acting for the landlord-found that notice
by facsimile under clause 14 had been duly given by the
tenant-whether landlord had subsequently duly objected to the
proposed rent, found that landlord had done so-with the consequence
that rent for the review period is required to be determined under
clauses 11.1.3-11.5 of the lease. More...
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The Council announced planning policies to encourage more inner suburban retirement village and aged care development.
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