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Successful prosecution of 'the Ritz' owners

Successful prosecution of 'the Ritz' owners

Harwood Andrews has acted for the City of Greater Geelong in a successful prosecution of the owners of ‘the Ritz’ - a prominent heritage listed building located on Bellerine Street, Geelong.

Forum Hotel and Forum Theatre – can two projects be one?

Forum Hotel and Forum Theatre – can two projects be one?

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal  (VCAT) has last week considered the operation of Clause 61.01 which makes the Minister for Planning the responsible authority for certain planning applications within the City of Melbourne. 

More on revisiting decisions of the Tribunal

More on revisiting decisions of the Tribunal

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has provided further commentary concerning the use of section 87A of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to modify existing planning permits.

Reliance on Aboriginal heritage mapping – proceed with caution

Reliance on Aboriginal heritage mapping – proceed with caution

A recent decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has highlighted the risk of relying on online mapping tools to assess whether a site is within an area of ‘cultural heritage sensitivity’ within the meaning of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and regulations.