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Welcome to the November edition of our Local Government Briefly.

>   Welcome to Emma Herriman!
>   Save the Date - 2015 Walking the Talk Seminar
>   Norman Waterhouse Lawyers marks 10 years on the LGA Human Resources and Industrial Relations Service panel with a pioneering new initiative
>   Workers’ Compensation — New ‘return to work’ framework becomes law
>   Commercial and Property – South Australia sets guidelines for unsolicited infrastructure and project proposals
>   Development Control – The latest on wind farms
>   Employment - Performance management vs bullying
>   Governance - Campaign donations returns and primary returns
>   New, sector-leading training programs and Local Government qualifications from Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

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Welcome to Emma Herriman!

Norman Waterhouse would like to warmly welcome Emma Herriman, Senior Associate, to the Property, Infrastructure & Development Team.

Emma has returned to Adelaide after spending the past decade in London, specialising in town planning law and infrastructure. She has acted for private developers, central government and local authority clients alike and has been involved in a large amount of front-end planning and infrastructure work, providing legal, policy and strategic advice at all levels. She worked on a number of high-profile schemes, including the Olympic Park, and has also been involved in numerous property and commercial transactions, providing planning and infrastructure advice and drafting.  She has advised extensively on policy and challenges to same, and has undertaken much enforcement and detailed regulatory work.

Emma can be contacted on 8217 1310 or eherriman@normans.com.au for assistance and advice in relation to infrastructure planning, land division and property development law.



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Save the Date - 2015 Walking the Talk Seminar

Have your say.

Right Advice. Right When You Need It.
A timely update on important issues impacting your workplace.


Full Day Seminar - 10 April 2015
Crowne Plaza Adelaide


Have your say on what you want to hear at the 2015 Walking the Talk Seminar.

Following our highly regarded 2014 event, the Norman Waterhouse Employment and Industrial Relations Team invites you to join them once again for a compelling and in-depth analysis of today's workplace issues.

Also, back by popular demand, our interactive Q&A session.

This is an invaluable learning experience for Chief Executive Officers, human resource professionals and senior managers across the State and Federal industrial regimes.

We encourage you to take the opportunity to shape discussions by submitting your topics of interest to marketing@normans.com.au.



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Norman Waterhouse Lawyers marks 10 years on the LGA Human Resources and Industrial Relations Service panel with a pioneering new initiative

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers is proud to have again been selected to be part of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Human Resources and Industrial Relations Service.

Our selection reflects our steadfast and longstanding commitment to the interests of Local Government in South Australia, and the unparalleled depth of knowledge that this has afforded us. Our employment and industrial relations practice has enjoyed 25 years in partnership with Local Government, and looks forward to many more.

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Workers’ Compensation — New ‘return to work’ framework becomes law

We previously informed our readership of the significant changes to the South Australian workers’ compensation framework, which at that time was under consideration by State Parliament. Those changes have now been assented into law, with very little substantive amendment from their original introduction, as the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA) and the South Australian Employment Tribunal Act 2014 (SA).

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Commercial and Property – South Australia sets guidelines for unsolicited infrastructure and project proposals

The South Australian Government has introduced guidelines to provide a framework to assess and develop unsolicited proposals received from the private sector.  In considering unsolicited proposals the Government’s objectives are to:

  • promote the development of innovative ideas;
  • ensure an open, transparent and fair process;
  • incorporate open competition, where appropriate;
  • ensure value for money is achieved;
  • ensure that benefits are measurable and can be maximised; and
  • ensure private sector intellectual property is respected and the private sector is fairly compensated.

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Development Control – The latest on wind farms

Regular readers will be aware of the State Government’s planning policy changes which have meant that most wind farms in primary production or farming zones are Category 2 development (limited public notification, no third party appeal rights), rather than Category 3. 

One might have thought this would spell an end to resident challenges, but no. In the recent decision Tru Energy Renewable Developments Pty Ltd v Regional Council of Goyder [2014] SAERDC 48 the Council played no active part and it was the residents who took on the developer.

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Employment - Performance management vs bullying

As practitioners, we have increasingly noticed a spike in the number of workplace bullying complaints which stem from performance management processes.

Employees often believe they are being unfairly targeted. A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission shows that, where an employer can establish objectively legitimate performance concerns, and takes reasonable actions in response, it is not workplace bullying.

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Governance - Campaign donations returns and primary returns

Norman Waterhouse commends all elected members and staff who have successfully guided and managed the affairs of their council through the caretaker and election periods.

However, with the end of elections come new and unique challenges. New ideas will be presented and debated in council chambers. Staff will be responsible for executing these new ideas, as well as providing practical and technical advice and professional support to a new elected membership.

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New, sector-leading training programs and Local Government qualifications from Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers are delighted to announce that our newly developed continuing education programs satisfy the new, legislated requirements for council member training.

Additionally, we announce that our programs satisfy the required content of nationally-recognised Certificate II and Certificate III qualifications in Local Government, depending on the courses delivered.

Our programs are the only programs in the State which achieve compliance with statutory requirements and certification under nationally-recognised qualifications.

Our practitioners’ expertise in all fields of Local Government affairs is what enables Norman Waterhouse to develop cutting-edge, all-encompassing training sessions and materials which are affordable and unmatched in their learning outcomes.

To explore the State’s best Local Government training and development programs, please view our Mayor, Chair and Council Member Post Election Training Workshop Series 2014/2015 program.

For more specific information on any of the material contained in this article please contact Sathish Dasan on 8210 1253 or sdasan@normans.com.au.



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