Interim arrangements for granting leases and licences on community land expiring 31 June 2021
The three-year initial period under the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (NSW) (CLM Act) will expire on 31 June 2021. Accordingly, the interim arrangements relating to the grant of leases and licences over ‘community land’ as classified by the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) (LG Act) will also end. This means that, as of 1 July 2021, councils can only grant leases or licences over community land in accordance with an adopted ‘plan of management’ (PoM) (except in limited circumstances).
The Initial Period
Under the CLM Act, councils appointed as Crown land managers are required (except in limited circumstances) to manage Crown land as if it were classified as ‘community land’ under the LG Act. Under the LG Act, community land must be managed in accordance with a PoM. Leases and licences can only be granted on community land where an expressed authorisation is provided in an adopted PoM (except in limited circumstances, as outlined below).
Under the CLM Act, councils were granted a three-year period from 1 July 2018 – 31 June 2021 (Initial Period) to adopt a PoM. To facilitate continued access to and use of land while the PoMs were being developed, the CLM Act provides interim arrangements for the granting of leases and licences during the Initial Period. The interim arrangements allow Crown land managers to grant certain leases and licences over community land, even though they may not ordinarily be permitted under a PoM.
Interim arrangements expiring 31 June 2021
Council Crown land managers can grant leases and licences on community land as outlined in the table below, until the earlier of:
Leases and licences of community land from 1 July 2021
From 1 July 2021, Council Crown land managers can only grant leases and licences of community land:
Accordingly, councils should familiarise themselves with what leases and licences are expressly authorised in the applicable PoMs.
Councils should also ensure that all leases or licences comply with relevant legislation, Crown land management rules, policies, regulations, guidelines and fact sheets. The relevant tenure provisions under the LG Act are set out in the table below.
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PROCEDURE – CIVIL PROCEEDINGS IN STATE AND TERRITORY COURTS – COSTS – GENERAL MATTERS – where the court granted the applicant leave to appeal a decision of the Planning and Environment Court, and dismissed the appeal – where the general rule is costs follow the event – whether the first respondent’s costs should be limited to those it would have incurred if it had appeared at the hearing and not participated in argument – where the first respondent advanced submissions that overlapped with those of the second respondent – where the first respondent did not identify any interest in the appeal not shared by the second respondent.
Local Government Act 1936 Qld.
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Planning Act 2016 Qld s 45, 60
Planning and Environment Court Act 2016 Qld s 43
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Acts Interpretation Act 1954 Qld ss 14, 14B; Building Act 1975 Qld s 65; Integrated Planning Act 1997 Qld ss 3.5.33(3), 4.1.5A; Planning Act 2016 Qld ss 31, 35, 51, 73, 78, 78A(2), 79, 81, 84, 86, 280, Schedule 2
Planning and Environment Court Act 2016 Qld s 37; Planning Bill 2015 Qld; Sustainable Planning Act 2009 Qld ss 200, 245, 263, 367, 371, 379, 383, 440, 704
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Environmental Protection Act 1994 Qld ss 535, 539B, 358, 363AD, 363AG
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