We acted for Mr and Mrs Saada in this matter, and assisted our clients in preparing an appeal to the North Sydney Council Independent Planning Panel’s refusal of their rear alterations and additions.
The Applicant in this matter, Brenham Pty Ltd is a family owned child care operator, with centres in Southern Sydney and the Inner City suburbs.
An application was made with North Sydney Council to convert a dilapidated State heritage listed building, Tarella into a day care centre. The team at Hones Lawyers were engaged following initial negative comments from the Council and significant resident backlash to the proposal.
The Applicant in this matter, Ms Fenwick, is a resident of Bundanoon in Wingecarribee Shire in the Southern Highlands. In 2006, a development consent was granted by Wingecarribee Shire Council approving the subdivision of land adjacent to the Applicant’s home. This consent was subject to conditions which included limiting the height of new buildings to single story. For a number of years, the consent lay dormant. When the development works commenced, the Applicant discovered that the Council had approved applications made by the developer to modify the consent without any public notification process having taken place. As a consequence of the modifications, the condition that restricted the maximum height of buildings had been deleted (among other things).
Wollondilly Shire Council is located about an hour from the Sydney CBD and within the South West growth corridor. It covers a significant area and prides itself on the mantra of “rural living”.
Unfortunately for Wollondilly both its size, and its proximity, lends itself to unscrupulous contractors using the council area to dispose of waste. A recent example of this was the dumping of 25,000 tonnes of asbestos contaminated waste on land under the guise of building a rural fire trail. The building of that trail was carried out without a construction certificate and in areas in which endangered ecological flora was located. It also involved the wholesale destruction of some 500m of watercourse and riverbeds.
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Colemans Group was established in 1984 and has progressed to become Australia’s commercial fencing suppliers and in turn have become a truly diversified perimeter high security business. They have range of clients including Transgrid and Railcorp, Bovis Lend lease, Layton’s, Department of Education, Integral Energy and even the New Zealand Navy.
Colemans Group came to Hones Lawyers when they had difficulty being paid for building and construction works they had undertaken for a state owned corporation. Their problems with that corporation were increased when the corporation refused to return a million dollar bank guarantee for works that had been completed over 2 years previously. Our job was to secure payment and the return of the bank guarantee in the most expeditious and cost effective manner possible.
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