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Newsletter – March 2016

Welcome to the March 2016 ABKJ newsletter.

In this issue…


Do you disagree with your property valuation?

On 2 March 2016 the Valuer-General commenced issuing statutory land valuation notices for all land in Queensland. The effective date of the valuations will be 30 June 2016 and they will be the basis for determining your rates and any land tax.

If you do not agree with the valuation, it is vital that you lodge an objection with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

In order for your objection to be considered, you must lodge the objection within 60 days of the valuation notice being issued and provide appropriate reasons why the valuation is incorrect. You must supply supporting material when lodging your objection. If the application is too general or not supported by evidence, you are unlikely to be successful.

If you require assistance with lodging an objection to your valuation with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, please do not hesitate to contact our office.


Reasonableness of Body Corporate Decisions

Last year, we published an article about tips for making reasonable Body Corporate decisions. The leading case in the area was the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) decision of Re Body Corporate for Viridian; Kjerulf Ainsworth & Ors v Martin Albrecht & Anor [2014] QCATA 294.

However, the lot owner in that matter appealed the QCAT decision to the Supreme Court (Albrecht v Ainsworth & Ors [2015] QCA 220 (Viridian)) and the Supreme Court recently handed down its appeal decision. The appeal reversed the earlier QCAT decision and clarified the law in this area…Read full article


“The Long Road” Charity Event – 20 March 2016

The Pyjama Foundation is a children’s charity that is breaking the cycle of disadvantage experienced by Australian children in foster care. The Pyjama Foundation recruits, screens, trains and supports Pyjama Angels – volunteer members of the community who work with the children in care and support their foster families. With over 39,000 children in care in Australia, it is a worthwhile cause that has the support of ABKJ Lawyers.

The Long Road walk is a series of 6-8km walks held in 4 different locations across Queensland and in Sydney, with the aim of raising much-needed funds for Australia’s vulnerable children. The Gold Coast event will be held on Sunday 20 March 2016, through the Federation Walk Coastal Reserve, on the Southport Spit

After supporting the Long Road Event in its inaugural year in 2013, and again in 2014 and 2015, ABKJ Lawyers is again proud to be an event partner of the 2016 Gold Coast event.

If you are interested in supporting or finding out more about the The Pyjama Foundation, please contact our office for more information, or visit The Pyjama Foundation website at www.thepyjamafoundation.com


Please note that the content in this newsletter does not take into account your individual circumstances, and is not to be considered as legal advice. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance in relation to any of the issues covered in this newsletter.


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