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Bluettâ€™s Local Government Handbook New South Wales,Â 17th Edition provides an ideal guide for new local government councillors, and a practical reference for local government officers, administrators and solicitors who practise in local government and planning law. This established title clearly explains the functions and services of councils in NSW, and how they operate. It provides a clear and practical overview of theÂ Local Government Act 1993Â (NSW) and related legislation. Coverage of theÂ Local Government Act 1993Â is updated to include: New process for accessing information held by government agencies, including local councils, enacted by theÂ Government Information (Public Access) Act 2008Â (the GIPA Act); Changes to the process for reclassifying community land; New provisions dealing with environmental upgrade agreements; Changes to the provisions covering private work by councils; Changes to the procedure for altering ward boundaries; Prohibition of membership of the NSW Parliament while concurrently in the position of local government councillor or mayor; Measures providing for local government elections conducted independently of the Electoral Commission; Changes to strategic planning and reporting, including to state-of-the-environment reports; Matters relating to the imposition of charges for sewerage management and coastal protection services; and Increased powers for police and authorised officers to confiscate and dispose of alcohol in alcohol-free zones. Other matters covered include: Animals - The limits of liability for death or injury caused by a companion animal; Planning - Matters including changes to the LEP process and new provisions dealing with State significant infrastructure; Fires â€“ Standardised procedures for contributions to costs under theÂ Fire Brigades ActÂ and theÂ Rural Fires Act; provision of â€œneighbourhood safer placesâ€, and hazard management matters; and Food - Tightening of requirements for certain types of take-away food. About the Author David Clark is the author of the 15th,Â 16th and 17th editions of this highly respected text.Â He accumulated over 35 yearsâ€™ experience as a legal practitioner, particularly in relation to local government and administrative law matters. He now operates as a consultant, particularly to local government.