The NSW Government’s recently introduced Building Products (Safety) Bill 2017 will identify, ban and rectify the use of unsafe building products in commercial, residential and industrial buildings across NSW.
Under proposed amendments to Queensland’s Environmental Protection Act 1994, a progressive rehabilitation and closure plan would be required to accompany a site-specific application for a mining activity relating to a mining lease.
Proposed legislation implementing recommendations of the Crime and Corruption Commission’s ‘Operation Belcarra’ report would result in major changes to the conflict of interest rules governing Queensland’s local government councillors.
A recent decision of the Queensland Planning and Environment Court provides a warning to developers about the need to obtain consent from easement and covenant holders for some building development approvals.
On 20 July 2017, the Full Court of the Federal Court gave judgment in the case Northern Territory of Australia v Griffiths  FCAFC 106, considering compensation for the extinguishment or impairment of native title.
Since the commencement of the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1994, the principles of assessing compensation for the impairment and extinguishment of native title have not been thoroughly considered by the Federal Court – until now.
In Yarra City Council v MFB (2017), the Victorian Court of Appeal held that Yarra City Council is liable for remediation costs linked to contamination caused by a coal tar pit installed decades before environmental legislation existed.
The Court of Appeal of Queensland’s recent decision in Moreton Bay Council v Caseldan provides a useful review of the relevance of unaccepted offers to purchase land to the determination of the value of that land in resumption matters.