Daily Construction: Friday, 19 February 2016
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Executive Summary (One Minute Read)
Elachi v Council of the City of Shoalhaven (NSWCA) - environment and planning- appellant’s vegetation clearing work breached Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) - appeal dismissed
Hoff v City of Mitcham (SASCFC) - environment and planning - limitations - application for review of categorisation decision was out of time - appeal dismissed
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Summaries With Link (Five Minute Read)
Elachi v Council of the City of Shoalhaven [2016] NSWCA 15
Court of Appeal of New South Wales
Basten & Ward JJA; Sackville AJA
Environment and planning - respondent sought declaration in Land and Environment Court that appellant’s vegetation clearing work contravened s76A(1) Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) - respondent also sought to restrain appellant from undertaking clearing and that appellant restore property - primary judge granted declaration and restraining order - rectification order made by consent - appellant appealed - s109 Constitution - Divs 1, 2 & 6, Pt 4 & Pt 5, ss4, 5, 13, 18, 21, 26, 33A, 74, 74C, 76A, 76B Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) - Pt 3, Divs 2, 3 & 4, ss11, 12, 16, 19, 20, 21 & 22 Native Vegetation Act 2003 (NSW) - relationship between cl 5.2.3 Shoalhaven Development Control Plan 2014 and cl 5.9(8) & (9A) Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan 2014 - held: trial judge correct to determine there was breach of s76A(1) - appeal dismissed.
Hoff v City of Mitcham [2016] SASCFC 3
Full Court of the Supreme Court of South Australia
Kourakis CJ, Bampton & Parker JJ
Environment and planning - limitations - appellants’ home adjacent to site of proposed development - Council assigned development to Category 2 - appellants sought declaration that development should have been declared a Category 3, not a Category 2 development - ss35, 38, 38(4), 86(1), 86(4) & 88 Development Act 1993 (SA) - issue concerned when time began to run for application for review of categorisation - held: time began to run at time categorisation decision made - application for review of categorisation was out of time - appeal dismissed.
Poem for Friday (Recitation here by Thomas Hellier)
Songs for the People

Let me make the songs for the people,
Songs for the old and young;
Songs to stir like a battle-cry
Wherever they are sung.

Not for the clashing of sabres,
For carnage nor for strife;
But songs to thrill the hearts of men
With more abundant life.

Let me make the songs for the weary,
Amid life’s fever and fret,
Till hearts shall relax their tension,
And careworn brows forget.

Let me sing for little children,
Before their footsteps stray,
Sweet anthems of love and duty,
To float o’er life’s highway.

I would sing for the poor and aged,
When shadows dim their sight;
Of the bright and restful mansions,
Where there shall be no night.

Our world, so worn and weary,
Needs music, pure and strong,
To hush the jangle and discords
Of sorrow, pain, and wrong.

Music to soothe all its sorrow,
Till war and crime shall cease;
And the hearts of men grown tender
Girdle the world with peace.