By Gerry Bates and Kate Meares. Councils have legal responsibilities for carrying out a wide range of environmental functions. Their capacity to effectively deliver on their environmental responsibilities depends heavily on their capacity to fund and resource appropriate personnel.
By Maureen Peatman. Councils throughout New South Wales have wide powers of compulsory acquisition for the purpose of exercising any of their functions. The legislature put a fetter on councils’ power of compulsory acquisition: councils may not acquire land by compulsory process without the approval of the owner of the land if it is being acquired for the purpose of resale.