Local Planning in a Global Environment: NSW Government proposes to limit conditions of consent regulating overseas impacts

Amendments have been proposed to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) and the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007 (Mining SEPP) that will impact on how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are considered in assessing mining projects and the conditions of consent that may be imposed. The Environmental…

Environmental Management Systems: what boards can learn from the Banking Royal Commission

In Australia, the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has exposed remarkable failures in risk management, compliance and culture that have claimed the careers of a number of senior managers and directors and seen the threat of litigation. The underlying issues are not unique to the world of finance.…

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,…

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…