July 2016

 

Recent Events

Norman Waterhouse were the principal sponsor of the Planning Institute Quiz night held on the 15th of July. The event was attended by approximately 150 staff from various councils and planning consultants.

Our Regulatory specialists Paul Kelly and Dale Mazzachi have recently held Local Nuisance & Litter Control forums within metropolitan Adelaide, City of Mount Gambier and the Eyre Peninsula. They will be holding further sessions in the Mid North and other specific councils.

If you are interested in attending one of these forums or create your own, please contact Paul Kelly on 8210 1248 or pkelly@normans.com.au.

Jacqui Plant, Joanna Clare, Janine Carroll, Aden Miegel, Peter Psaltis, Gavin Leydon and Amy Royle at the PIA Young Planners Quiz Night.

Dale Mazzachi presenting to regulatory staff at the Local Nuisance & Litter Control forum at the District Council of Loxton Waikerie. 

Dale Mazzachi presenting to regulatory staff at the Local Nuisance & Litter Control forum.

 

Upcoming Events

 

ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT TO REGISTER!

Norman Waterhouse Local Government Conference
Friday 12 August 2016

The 2016 Norman Waterhouse Local Government Conference is set to be the biggest yet, and registrations are now officially open! Now in its 26th year, the event provides an opportunity for the local government sector to be engaged and informed with content-rich, topical presentations and discussion. We will also see interstate local government experts sharing their knowledge and experience and back by popular demand our Q&A local expert panel will return to answer the big questions on issues facing councils today.

 
 

Human Resources Masterclass
Friday 4 November 2016

Following on from last year’s successful inaugural Human Resources Masterclass, the Norman Waterhouse Employment and Industrial Relations Team is pleased to announce that this year’s Human Resources Masterclass will be held on Friday, 4 November 2016.

 
 
 

Latest Legal Updates

Employment - Drink drive a company car...

Each Australian business, regardless of which industry, should have well-documented and comprehensive workplace policies and procedures. Having such policies provide guidance to employees with respect to company expectations and standards, and set a framework for accountability and decision making within the workplace.

 

Governance – ICAC Act amendments

Significantly for Local Government, this month has seen the introduction the Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2016. That Bill is proposed to replace the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993. You can read more about that Bill in our article here.

On the same day that Bill was introduced, another noteworthy, but less widely announced piece of public integrity-related legislation was also introduced into Parliament: the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016 (ICAC Amendment Bill).

Regulatory — Does killing a cat amount to a criminal offence?

A man, Mr Wilson, shot a cat. A Magistrate found that Mr Wilson had intentionally caused the cat unnecessary harm by shooting it in the head. The Magistrate convicted Mr Wilson of one count of ill treatment of a cat causing its death, contrary to section 13(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 1985 (SA) (Animal Welfare Act).

Mr Wilson appealed this decision to the Supreme Court of South Australia. In the decision of Wilson v Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SA) Inc [2016] SASC 107, Justice Doyle of the Supreme Court of South Australia dismissed Mr Wilson’s appeal.

Governance – A new 'whistleblowers' regime

As our readers will recall, a part of the wide ranging public integrity reforms of 2013 was a legislative guarantee that a review would be undertaken regarding the operation and effectiveness of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 (WP Act). It was envisaged that this review would be conducted by the newly-established and appointed Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC).

 

Regulatory – Dog and Cat Management Amendments Passed

At long last the Dog and Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2016 (DCM Amendment Act) has completed its arduous journey through Parliament. Since the commencement of this reform, we have ensured that our readers are aware of the breadth of the changes brought about by the DCM Amendment Act, providing frequent and detailed analysis.

Environment & Planning – Waste management, resource recovery and green industry: the transition of Zero Waste SA to Green Industries SA

In 2003 Zero Waste SA was established as an instrumentality of the State Government under the Zero Waste SA Act 2004 (Act) and was charged with the aim of reducing waste to landfill in South Australia.

Proposed amendments to the Act will see Zero Waste SA change not only in name, but also in function and become Green Industries SA.  

 

Infrastructure - Local Government (Stormwater Management Agreement) Amendment Act 2016

In November 2015, we reported on Parliament’s consideration of the Local Government (Stormwater Management Agreement) Amendment Bill (Bill). On 19 May 2016, the Local Government (Stormwater Management Agreement) Amendment Act 2016 (Act) came into operation.

Aside from some minor alterations to the requirements of Stormwater Management Board (SMB) nominations, the remainder of the referenced Bill appears to bear out in the Act.

 

Environment & Planning – Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016

On 25 July 2016 the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 (Policy) came into operation. The Policy replaces an earlier (1994) policy, while also revoking the Environment Protection (Burning) Policy 1994; the Environment Protection (Motor Vehicle Fuel Quality) Policy 2002; and the Environment Protection (Solid Fuel Heaters) Policy 2015.

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