On 13 October 2016, the State Government released the State Taxation Acts Further Amendment Bill 2016. This Bill seeks to amend the provisions of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 which deals with the growth areas infrastructure contribution (“GAIC”). If passed, the amendments would have a significant impact on developers, land owners, councils and other public authorities which deal with land affected by the GAIC.
When an interest in land is compulsorily acquired, a claimant can be entitled to solatium pursuant to s.44 of the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986. Solatium is compensation for the intangible and non-pecuniary disadvantages resulting from the acquisition.
Water corporations are often required to compulsorily acquire easements to construct and upgrade infrastructure within their respective regions.