Local Government Updates

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The Western Australian Supreme Court has upheld the validity of conditions imposed on planning consents and extractive industry licences, under which an extractive industry proponent was required to pay a contribution calculated on the value of material extracted.

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In Minister for Local Government and City of Greater Geraldton [2014] WASAT 116, the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) quashed differential rates imposed by the Cities of Fremantle and Greater Geraldton on ‘derelict properties’.

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Does the grant of retrospective approval for unlawful development prevent prosecution proceedings in respect of the original failure to obtain approval?

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Introduction

Freedom of political communication is often raised in the context of local laws controlling activities in public places.