Media's interest piqued in the operations of Viva's Gore Bay Terminal facility, following the oil spill on 30 December. Read the article in North Shore Times 12 Jan 2017
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CROWN LAND UPDATE
The NSW Crown Land Management Bill was passed by the NSW Parliament on 14 November.
Councils will now be able to manage precious Crown land as if the land belongs to them.
It will be easier for Crown land to be sold or leased for commercial purposes.
Lane Cove is fortunate to have some magnificent parcels of Crown land.
We cannot run the risk of losing our valuable public lands to developers.
Click HERE to see the list of Crown lands in Lane Cove.
CROWN LAND UPDATE Dec 2016
A potential test of the legislation came shortly after passing of the Bill in our neighbouring LGA of Willoughby. A parcel of Crown land, the Talus Street Reserve, was leased by the Talus Reserve Trust [Council being its Trustee] in 2000 to the North Shore Tennis Association. The Association subsequently entered Management Agreements with a private company. From this point, public access to the land was blocked, and this drew protest from residents.
Justice Brereton, in the Equity Division of the NSW Supreme Court, found that the lease of the Talus Street Reserve to a private club was not use of the reserve for public recreation and should not have been approved by either the Talus Reserve Trust or the Minister for Lands. This decision may have implications for effective privatisation of Crown land elsewhere.
It should, however, be noted that the Talus Street decision relates to an agreement made well before the recent changes to the legislation. The decision can be accessed at http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/sinodisp/au/cases/nsw/NSWSC/2016/1717.html?stem=0&synonyms=0&query=nsw%20consol_act%20cla1989134%20s10