$60k lopped off Council’s bottom line for non-consent

Authorities prosecuting offences against NSW environmental and planning law have a number of important duties, and the failure to discharge those duties exposes the prosecutor to substantial cost implications. Kogarah City Council v El Khouri is a case in point where $60,000 in costs was awarded against the Council prosecutor for its failure to discharge…

When is ‘eco-medicine’ not ‘eco-friendly’?

Forgall Pty Limited (Forgall) applied to the Greater Taree City Council for approval to develop Australia’s first ‘bio-clinic facility’. The development application was for the construction of a ‘holistic health care facility’, providing a range of therapies not currently offered in Australia for the treatment of patients suffering from cancer, and other chronic illnesses such…