Public Works (Land) Compensation

The Public Works Act 1981 is a statute that gives power to Government Agencies, Local Authorities and Network Utilities to acquire land for public works. Public works include transport, road or rail, parks, schools and other important infrastructure projects.

The Act is designed to protect your rights as the land owner. Your property rights are very important.

As soon as you become aware that your property might be affected by a public work it is vital to seek legal advice. Due process should be followed by the acquiring authority; your rights to public works land compensation must be protected. Rainey Collins Wright has many years of expertise and experience in this area.

We can help you receive the fullest compensation under the law. Compensation is available for the full value of the land, disturbance, damage, business loss and relocation. Legal fees are recoverable under the Public Works Act. You are entitled to full monetary compensation from the acquiring authority to ensure you are left in the same position as before the acquisition.

Warwick Wright as Principal of the firm has extensive experience in providing advice and guiding clients through this difficult process from start to finish.

Contact Warwick today on 09 379 5828 for a free preliminary discussion on any issues concerning the compulsory acquisition of your land or the Public Works Act, and how he is able to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Section 60(1) of the Public Works Act provides that affected landowners are entitled to monetary compensation to ensure they are left in the same position as before the acquisition. Full compensation is available for the full value of the land, disturbance, damage, business loss and relocation.

Reasonable legal fees are recoverable from the acquiring authority under the Public Works Act acquisition process. Your legal fees will be invoiced for payment by you on a monthly basis.

Ideally you should seek legal advice as soon as you become aware your property might be affected to ensure that due process is followed by the acquiring authority. However, you can seek legal advice at any part of the process.

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Warwick is the principal of Rainey Collins Wright with over 40 years experience as a lawyer. With expertise in complex property issues, construction contracts, public works compensation claims, charity and business law Warwick is happy to help with whatever you might need.

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