The duty of care of a public authority

A recent Queensland decision[1] raises the important issue as to when a pubic authority, in the exercise of its statutory powers, will owe a common law duty of care to the public. In 2012, a three-year old child was hit and fatally injured in the carpark area of a Hungry Jack’s restaurant complex.  The driver […]

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Enforcement authorities can take pre-emptive action to avoid non-compliance

Planning and environmental laws establish a wide range of offences and powers to deter and penalise non-compliance, and enforcement action is often directed at remedying or prosecuting breaches. Enforcement authorities however also often have a range of powers to take pre-emptive action to avoid non-compliance and stop breaches before they occur.  A recent example of […]

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Court approves dwellings despite non-compliance

The Planning and Environment Court in The Planning Place Pty Ltd v Brisbane City Council [2018] QPEC 62, recently approved a proposed redevelopment of a corner block located in Windsor for two dwelling houses proposed to be three storeys in height above a basement carpark, each to be located on its own allotment. In this case, the […]

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Council wins costs against company and director

In Gold Coast City Council v Adrian’s Metal Management Pty Ltd & Ors (No.2), the Planning and Environment Court has awarded costs on the standard basis against the company and its director in enforcement proceedings taken by the Council to stop the unlawful operation of a scrap metal yard.Enforcement Proceedings The company operated a scrap metal […]

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When is a decision subject to judicial review?

The Judicial Review Act 1991 (Qld) (JRA) provides an avenue for a person aggrieved by an administrative decision to seek judicial review. However, the right of a person to make an application for review of a decision[1] and the power of the Court to make orders[2] depend on the existence of ‘a decision to which […]

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More greenspace for Brisbane

As part of the Brisbane City Council’s (Council) commitment to implementing ‘Brisbane’s Future Blueprint’, it has recently further announced its support for the implementation of rooftop gardens as part of new developments, to bolster inner-city greenspace through proposed amendments to the Brisbane City Plan (City Plan). The proposed amendment to the City Plan, is to […]

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Stayin’ alive: Revival of lapsed Development Approvals

The currency period / expiry period for a development approval can be extended by making an extension application under section 86 of the Planning Act 2016, but only if the request is made to the assessment manager prior to the lapsing of the development approval. The Court has a wide discretion to excuse non-compliance with […]

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Development refused due to conflict with planning scheme despite consistency with local character

The Court in WOL Projects Pty Ltd v Gold Coast City Council [2018] QPEC 48 recently refused a proposed development comprised of four detached two storey dwellings for a property located in Robina. The property is approximately 2,301 sqm and the development proposed a total site cover of 28.41 percent. The site is located within […]

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Executive officer and company fined for breaches of the EP Act

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act), it is an offence to breach a condition of an environmental authority (EA). Where an offence is committed by a corporation, executive officers of the corporation also commit an offence of failing to ensure the corporation complies with the EP Act. As is demonstrated by the following, […]

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Unauthorised discharges and inadequate storage prove costly for environmental authority holders

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, operators of prescribed activities are required to hold environmental authorities (EA) and substantial penalties apply to a breach of an EA. As demonstrated by the following cases, the Department of Environment and Science (Department) will prosecute non-compliance and EA holders can incur significant financial costs for the failure to […]

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Landowners win appeal against rating categorisation

Local governments in Queensland have a broad discretion to impose rates on land which are a major source of funding for local government. However, landowners have the right to challenge the rating categorisation applied to their land. In BWP Management Limited v Ipswich City Council; W & V Nominees Pty Ltd as Tte for the […]

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Dealing with the sale of contaminated land in Queensland – the importance of giving correct notice

The case of FKP Commercial Developments Pty Ltd v Albion Mill FCP Pty & Anor [2017] QSC 322 highlights the importance of ensuring the appropriate notice under section 408 of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (EPA) is given when disposing of land in Queensland which is contaminated. In May 2015, FKP Commercial Developments Pty […]

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