Corrupt public officers on ICAC’s radar – a cautionary tale for local councils

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has announced it will be holding a public inquiry on Monday 16 April 2018 into the conduct of a number of former Canterbury City Council public officials. ICAC’s investigation – named ‘Operation Dasha’ – is examining whether, between 2013 and 2016, public officers including former Canterbury City councillors,…

It’s time for a new remediation framework

In 1998 the Good Friday Agreement was signed in Northern Ireland, India and Pakistan tested nuclear devices, Google was founded, Viagra came onto the market, Titanic became the first film to make $1 billion, and a new planning framework for managing contaminated land was implemented in New South Wales. Twenty years later and the contaminated…

The re-fundamentals of ‘Return and Earn’ – What you need to know about NSW’s new container deposit scheme

The New South Wales Government will roll out a container deposit scheme ‘Return and Earn’ from 1 December 2017. The scheme is established by the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Act 2016 (NSW) and the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (Container Deposit Scheme) Regulation 2017 (NSW). The scheme provides for the…