We have developed a strong reputation for delivering excellent results for local government.
Our highly experienced team places a strong focus on excellent service and value for money for city-based and regional councils alike. We understand the unique challenges and opportunities that councils are presented with and recognise that, in order to balance the needs of residents and stakeholders with the priorities and legal requirements of local government, a high degree of expertise and engagement is required.
We offer the expertise of lawyers who have not only acted for government as legal advisors, but who have also worked within government in the following areas:
Our team has extensive local government experience, having acted for a range of local councils across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
07 May 2019 - Knowledge
The public will now be able to view a development application less than a day after it is lodged with a local council, rather than having to wait six to 18 months. The government has been trialling a new online tool called ePlanning, which requires homeowners and developers to submit DAs online.
27 March 2019 - Knowledge
All Commonwealth bodies will have to publish their annual reports on a public website from the end of this year following the launch of the new Transparency Portal. The portal will eventually contain the budgets and audited expenditure of all Commonwealth bodies.
27 February 2019 - Knowledge
Infrastructure Australia’s expanded list of priority projects has been applauded by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) for progressing a more integrated approach to managing Australia’s growth fairly and sustainably
20 February 2019 - Knowledge
The NSW Land and Environment Court has fined the Clarence Valley Council $300,000 for the removal of a scar tree in 2016.
13 February 2019 - Knowledge
Former party president Gary Spence argues Queensland is not prone to corruption like New South Wales. Spence has taken a case to the high court arguing that the ban on Queensland state and local council politicians taking developer donations breaches the implied freedom of political communication.
30 January 2019 - Knowledge
In this special edition of our Queensland Government Bulletin publication, our team looks at the issues and reforms that emerged over 2018 in key areas affecting government - and also cast forward to examine the expected major trends and developments for 2019.
03 December 2018 - Knowledge
Ongoing under-investment in councils’ management of community assets is leading to increased risk and reduced safety, warns a major forthcoming report. While the Commonwealth and state governments have been focused on “nation building” infrastructure projects a new analysis shows that $30 billion of community assets is in poor condition and requires “significant renewal.”