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April 23, 2024
NSW Government Review of Land Acquisition

The NSW Government is finally conducting a thorough review into the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 (‘the Act’) in response to the 2022 parliamentary inquiry into the acquisition of land in relation to major transport projects. We are delighted to see this review, as whilst previous reviews have mitigated the prejudice against owners […]

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October 6, 2023
Your Guide to Understanding Compulsory Acquisition in NSW with FM Legal

Navigating the complex landscape of compulsory acquisition in NSW can be daunting, especially when one's valuable property is at stake. Sydney, in particular, has witnessed a surge in such cases, throwing many property owners into a whirlwind of legalities and uncertainties. Enter FM Legal, your Sydney-based guide and specialist, aiming to demystify this intricate process. […]

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July 28, 2023
Sally Dale Appointed as New Valuer General of NSW

Sally Dale, valuer, has been appointed to the position of the new Valuer General of New South Wales. She has replaced David Parker who has been transferred to hear compulsory acquisition matters in the Land and Environment Court as a Commissioner. In compulsory acquisitions, when parties involved in the acquisition process fail to reach a […]

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June 15, 2023
FM Legal’s Expert Insights into Electricity Easements in NSW for Property Owners

As cities expand and the demand for infrastructure increases, understanding these easements is not just advantageous but necessary for landowners. These legal rights or restrictions on your land can significantly impact its current use and future development potential. This is why FM Legal is dedicated to providing clear, expert guidance to ensure you fully understand […]

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March 8, 2023
Labor’s Metro Decision Sparks Outrage in Western Sydney

The NSW Labor Party has been accused of abandoning western Sydney locals with its decision to pull back on two Metro projects proposed by the Perrottet Government

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February 21, 2023
Newcastle Inner City Bypass

On 24 May 2022, the City of Newcastle Councillors rejected the $1.16M offered by the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) for 8 parcels of community land owned by the City of Newcastle which is required for the Newcastle Inner City Bypass. Any owner of land has a right to reject an offer and can seek a […]

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September 1, 2022
Relief for flood impacted homes to come soon 

Major floods struck the Northern Rivers in early 2022 with devastating outcomes. Lives were lost and thousands were left homeless. NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet initiated a Flood Inquiry in March 2022, with the Inquiry Report being completed in August. The Premier confirmed that the state would follow the outlined recommendations to the independent Flood Inquiry […]

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April 20, 2022
Uncertainty Surrounds Timeline of Beaches Link Tunnel Project

There has been recent media speculation surrounding the delay and potential cancellation of the controversial 7.5-kilometre twin tunnel project. Citing spiraling costs of public infrastructure and a shortage of workers, NSW Infrastructure Minister Rob Stokes reportedly indicated that the Beaches Link tunnel project first set forth in 2017, could be put on the backburner. The […]

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November 19, 2021
Beaches Link Project Still Proceeding Despite Concerns

Critics view the new Beaches Link report as failing to address the major concerns of the community.
The recent Submissions Report released by the Transport forNSW deflects community concerns to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment citing the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 as removing “the direct involvement of the proponent (Transport for NSW) in the management of submissions received.” The Submissions Report continues to explain that the project proponent was “required to consider and respond to the submissions raised.”

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October 19, 2021
Rezoning of Land for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Reduced

The New South Wales government has dramatically reduced the rezoning of land as "open space" by almost half around the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, following community outcry and a public inquiry. The impact on land values and the danger of widespread compulsory acquisition have both had a role to play in the change of direction around […]

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August 16, 2021
Princes Highway Upgrade

Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Road Upgrade Transport for NSW (TfNSW, but also commonly called the RMS) intends to upgrade sections of the Princes Highway between Jervis Bay Road and Sussex Inlet Road. The road upgrade by RMS aims to improve road-based transportation for this portion of the highway in order to carry people […]

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July 6, 2021
The NSW Valuer General Mess

The NSW Valuer General offices is making news for all the wrong reasons.  Dr David Parker, the Valuer General, has been banned from speaking to staff and only allowed to communicate with a handful of specific people because the staff are “anxious and fearful” according to media reports. This is very bad timing for as […]

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June 13, 2021
Sydney Metro CBD and the Sydney Metro Pyrmont stations

The announcement by Sydney Metro of the location of the City Sydney Metro West station and the Sydney Metro Pyrmont station has come after an 18 month wait. Compulsory acquisition of land is a power that Transport have when land is required for a public purpose – in this instance, for a Metro station. Commonly […]

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May 11, 2021
Professor Roberta Ryan of the University of Newcastle appointed Independent Community Commissioner for the Aerotropolis.

Professor Roberta Ryan of the University of Newcastle has been appointed by the NSW Government to be the Independent Community Commissioner for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Professor Ryan's new role involves addressing the concerns of landowners affected by the development of the Aerotropolis. This includes recommendations regarding strategic land acquisitions, providing access to expert advice […]

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October 23, 2020
A quick guide to hardship in compulsory acquisition

When We Need It Hardship applications are useful if your land has been zoned for compulsory acquisition to occur at a time in the future, but you want to sell your land now.  Without hardship applications, the government acquires land on its own timeline, which can be many years in the future under the Just […]

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October 14, 2020
Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport Line Gets $1.8 Billion in Federal Budget

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced construction work would commence before the end of 2020 for confirmed stations including St Marys, Orchard Hills on the eastern side of Kent Rd, Luddenham near Luddenham Rd, the Airport Business Park south of Elizabeth Dr, Western Sydney Aerotropolis east of Badgerys Creek Rd at Bringelly and at the airport’s […]

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October 14, 2020
New England Highway - Singleton Bypass gets $560 Million in Federal Budget

The New England Highway’s Singleton Bypass and Bolivia Hill upgrade together have secured $603 million in infrastructure funds in the 2020 Federal budget. Transport for NSW will now carry out further planning for the proposed bypass to finalise the concept design. Singleton Mayor Sue Moore said "The detailed design plan will obviously take two years, […]

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September 17, 2020
Illawarra's Shellharbour Hospital Announced by NSW Government

On September 8, the NSW Government announced a new $700 million hospital in Shellharbour, Illawarra. The Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund will fund the new hospital. The NSW Government is yet to determine the site of the new hospital, however does have sites in mind - one of which is located close to the railway […]

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April 30, 2020
Metro West Rules out Rydalmere Station

There will be no Metro West station to go through the suburb of Rydalmere. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been released by the government, which outlines this decision and the key impacts of the Metro West for the suburbs who will get a station. A total of 154 properties are being acquired for this […]

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April 28, 2020
Full Steam Ahead for Metro West

Covid 19 will not stop Sydney Metro from compulsory acquisition of the homes and businesses being taken for its new rail line. If anything, the Minister has said the State will "go harder and faster" to acquire the land for the project. We are acting for many owners of land and tenants who are concerned […]

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February 3, 2020
Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport Stations Announced

The Sydney Metro Team has released the scoping report for the Western Sydney Airport Metro line. This report details the plans for the driverless metro railway line between St Marys and Bringelly to link the Greater West of Sydney to the new airport and into the new Metro lines which are set to begin construction […]

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November 9, 2019
Westmead community told Government will take their properties

Joanne Vella, Parramatta Advertiser October 25, 2019 2:42pm This time last week, Westmead residents could not anticipate their lives would be thrown such a fierce curveball — searching for a new home and workplace after discovering the government would wipe out a block to build the underground Sydney Metro West. A group of 15 gathered […]

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October 18, 2019
Sydney Metro approval clears way for exact locations of train stations.

Matt O'Sullivan via SMH October 18, 2019 Homeowners and businesses will learn the precise locations of seven train stations for Sydney’s $20 billion-plus metro rail line from Parramatta to the central city as early as next week after state cabinet signed off on the final business case for the project. While landowners near the sites […]

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April 30, 2019
Equitable briefing data for women barristers released

In what is hailed by the Law Council of Australia as an achievement in the push to establish a more evenhanded climate for ladies lawyers, the principal tranche of information from the pinnacle body's Equitable Briefing Policy has been delivered. Launched in 2016 to an eager legal community, the policy encourages organisations to take all reasonable […]

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April 30, 2019
QC to become Supreme Court judge

By: Grace Ormsby 26 April 2019 Victoria has made its newest judicial appointment in the Supreme Court. Jacinta Forbes QC has been announced by the Attorney-General as the court’s newest judge, taking up the role recently vacated by Honourable Justice Gregory Garde. Ms Forbes joined the Victorian Bar in 2000 and was appointed Queens Counsel […]

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April 30, 2019
Leading Australian firms endorse Uluru Statement from the Heart

  Sol Dolor  23 Mar 2019 Eighteen of the nation’s top law firms have supported the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The firms supporting the call for the First Nations to have their voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution are: Allens Arnold Bloch Leibler Ashurst Baker McKenzie Clayton Utz Corrs Chambers Westgarth Dentons DLA Piper Fisher […]

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April 30, 2019
Renewed calls for gender equality in law amid uneven High Court representation

Sol Dolor.  01 Mar 2017 Top legal bodies in Australia have renewed calls for greater gender equality and inclusion in the law as a new study shows a marked disparity in representation between men and women barristers before the High Court. George Williams AO, UNSW’s dean of law, recently wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald […]

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April 30, 2019
Law Council backs fundamental shift in law, policy development

  Sol Dolor 24 Aug 2018 The Law Council of Australia is recommending that justice impact tests be introduced at the Commonwealth, state, and territory levels. The nation’s peak body for the legal profession made the recommendation as it released the final report of “The Justice Project,” a comprehensive, national review that began early last […]

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April 30, 2019
Law Council cheers proposed $107m funding for First Nations justice

  Sol Dolor 27 Apr 2019 The Law Council of Australia applauds the $107m package proposed by Labor to address the systemic disadvantage in the justice system experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The funding is a significant step in addressing what Arthur Moses SC, Law Council president, says is a “national disgrace.” […]

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