Australia: Property & Projects - What's News - 8 September 2014

Last Updated: 15 September 2014
Article by Steve Aitchison, Lisa Cody and Lou Farinotti

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In the media – National

Shopping centre income growth forecast
The BIS Shrapnel report finds that net income growth for shopping centres has fallen behind inflation and will average only around 2.6 per cent per annum over the next five years (25 August 2014). More...

Energy companies confirm carbon tax savings for customers
In their Removal Substantiation Statement, Origin has confirmed that customers across Australia will benefit from the repeal of the carbon tax. These savings will be backdated to 1 July 2014 (22 August 2014). More...

In the media – Victoria

Construction to begin in Wyndham's newest community
Construction of the new suburb of Harpley in Wyndham Vale will provide 4,000 new homes, a new waterfront town centre and create $1 billion worth of construction activity over the life of the development (28 August 2014). More...

In the media – New South Wales

Increased penalties for environmental offences now in effect
On 29 August 2014, amendments to the Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009 commenced. The amendments have significantly increased penalty notice amounts for certain environmental offences under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act). For example, for the ten most serious environmental offences under the POEO Act, the penalty notice amounts will be $15,000 for a corporation and $7,500 for an individual, when these are issued by the EPA. More...

New Vision for Sydney's Harbour
Minister for Planning Pru Goward has announced the NSW Government is embarking on developing a new vision for Sydney Harbour, with a new high level committee to bring together various stakeholders and provide much-needed coordination (28 August 2014). More...

New tools to help landholders explore the Native Vegetation Act and Regulations
With changes to the Native Vegetation Regulation underway, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is delivering a greater range of services online to make it easier and quicker to access native vegetation information (26 August 2014). More...

Broadband in strata: do your homework
NSW Fair Trading Minister is encouraging strata owners, residents and managing agents to do their homework before choosing a service provider to install broadband in their strata schemes. This follows advice from the Commonwealth Department of Communications regarding issues affecting strata owners in NSW over the National Broadband Network rollout (22 August 2014). More...

Aviation authorities must not determine Sydney's built future
The intervention by aviation authorities to reduce Parramatta's proposed Aspire tower by up to 30 storeys could be replicated across all of Sydney, says the Urban Taskforce (22 August 2014). More...

Independent panel to review NSW environment laws
The NSW Environment Minister has appointed an independent panel to undertake a comprehensive review of the Native Vegetation Act 2003, Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and related biodiversity legislation (22 August 2014). More...

In the media – Queensland

Deep gas to create jobs for the regions
Natural Resources and Mines Minister has released a report which outlines the opportunities for developing Queensland's next generation of deep gas and oil projects. The framework contains 12 recommendations to be implemented, including a review of tenure arrangements for the industry, and informing landholders and communities about the emerging industry (28 August 2014). More...

New rail facility will deliver jobs to Central Queensland
More than 200 new jobs are set to be created in Central Queensland following a decision from Queensland's Coordinator-General that will ensure new infrastructure needed for a major mine expansion can be built (22 August 2014). More...

Flexibility and security for water users
Irrigators will be able to grow their businesses further after the Queensland Government approved trading in water allocations throughout the Condamine and Balonne catchments, with an amendment to the Condamine and Balonne Resource Operations Plan (21 August 2014). More...

Published – articles, papers, reports – National

Independent cost benefit analysis of broadband: Volume II – the costs and benefits of High-speed broadband
Author: Michael Vertigan, Department of Communications (Australia): 27 August 2014
This Cost-Benefit Analysis considers the costs of different approaches to providing fast broadband in Australia. It also considers preferences and potential future demand for high-speed broadband in Australia, and estimates consumer willingness to pay for increased broadband speeds (27 August 2014). More...

In practice and courts – National

The Department of the Environment: threatened species maps released
The maps and data focus on native flora and fauna that are listed under national environment law as vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered. The maps are accompanied with an industry standard grid and summary spreadsheet which provides an index to each species map and links to further information (19 August 2014). More...

Draft long-term strategy for environmental watering in the Murray–Darling Basin: public comment
Interested people are invited to give feedback on a draft long-term strategy which sets out basin long term goals. The Basin-wide Environmental Watering Strategy is a key component of work under the Basin Plan, with public comment open until the end of September (21 August 2014). More...

In practice and courts – Victoria

Announcements, Draft Policies and Plans released 2014

Planning and Environment Regulations Review
Have your say about the Planning and Environment Regulations 2005. The department is seeking feedback on how the Planning Regulations work and how they can be improved. Submissions close Friday, 12 September 2014 (28 August 2014).


PIA Vic is conducting a seminar on the Practical Realities of the New Residential Zones on Tuesday, 9 September.

Cases – Victoria

Lombardo v Bahnan [2014] VSC 410
REAL PROPERTY – Removal of caveat – Whether serious question to be tried that the first defendant had a caveatable interest in property the subject of contract of sale – Where interest claimed a constructive trust resulting from unjust enrichment of the plaintiff – No serious question to be tried – Balance of convenience favourable to the removal of caveat – Transfer of Land Act 1958 s 90(3). More...

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