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Compulsory Acquisition – Recent Developments in relation to an “interest” in land

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal has provided further guidance on what is considered an “interest” in land for the purposes of the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 (the Act).

In Dial A Dump Industries Pty Ltd v Roads and Maritime Services [2016] NSWCA 73 the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by Dial A Dump Industries (Dial A Dump) from the decision of the Land and Environment Court  in Dial A Dump Industries Pty Ltd v Roads and Maritime Services [2016] NSWLEC 39 dismissing its claim for compensation under the Act for the compulsory acquisition of the Alexandria Landfill site.

Land and Environment Court Decision

Land at St Peters was compulsorily acquired for the WestConnex Motorway in December 2014.

Section 37 of the Act provides that an owner of an interest in land that was divested, extinguished or diminished by compulsory acquisition is entitled to compensation.  The registered owner of the acquired land was Alexandria Landfill Pty Ltd, the land was leased to Boiling Pty Ltd (Boiling) and Dial A Dump used the land to operate a land fill.  Dial A Dump asserted that it had permission to use and occupy the land to operate a landfill and carry out crushing, grinding and separating works and commenced proceedings under s 67 of the Act to challenge the rejection of its claim for compensation by the acquiring authority.
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Collective sale or redevelopment

Strata renewal plans can include either collective sales based on the value of unit entitlements, or redevelopment which cannot be less than the compensation value determined by the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1987 (section 55). For more information about collective sale or renewal of strata schemes please contact our experienced strata lawyer. Matthews Folbigg has specialist strata lawyers that are able to provide owners corporation legal advice.