WHY JOIN WAG?

 

 

SOME REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN OR RENEW YOUR WAG MEMBERSHIP

 

 

  • WAG caused the 2011 IPART review of the rental formula and its application, requiring two major submissions from WAG and its consultants. This resulted in substantial rent reductions (some for thousands of dollars) for most members. WAG caused TfNSW to withdraw incorrectly calculated invoices in 2017 and in 2020 and assisted TfNSW to correct its rent calculations. Since 2017, WAG has been working with TfNSW on the annual rent calculations and further substantial rent reductions have been achieved. WAG also negotiated extended payment terms. WAG has recently asked the Premier to instruct IPART to undertake another major review of its flawed rental formula, in order to achieve “a fair market rent”, as promised by her in 2009. Current rents are considerably higher than “a fair market rent”.
  • WAG and its expert lawyers in 2012 successfully renegotiated the current much-improved TfNSW lease document.
  • TfNSW sought WAG’s input on a new licence agreement (as an alternative to a lease), but following the failure of TfNSW and WAG to agree on certain unacceptable clauses, TfNSW has thankfully not proceeded with that project.
  • WAG lodged a complaint with the NSW Audit Office in 2009 and which resulted in a comprehensive report to the Parliament on the manner by which wetland rent was calculated. WAG has in 2019 lodged a second complaint to the NSW Audit Office.
  • WAG negotiated with TfNSW in 2013 and achieved an improved method of valuing reclaimed land, for the purpose of sale.

 

  • WAG has successfully requested involvement in the consultation process, relating to a new Parramatta River bridge crossing and a Parramatta light rail project, affecting Melrose Park members.
 
  • WAG successfully assisted Gladesville members in 2013 to fight a precedent-setting Ryde Council proposal for a boardwalk above Glades Bay, in contravention of their legal rights of direct access to the water. This involved obtaining advice from a Senior Counsel, providing that advice to council and negotiating a solution with Council. In 2019 Ryde Council re-launched their attack on waterfront property rights, not only in Glades Bay, but throughout the entire Ryde LGA and WAG is currently strenuously fighting that precedent-setting threat to the right of direct access to a waterway.

 
  • WAG fought the requirement by TfNSW, that it be noted on lessees’ home and contents insurance policies, as an interested party, when most insurers refuse that request. WAG has obtained legal advice on the correct wording of such notation and can provide advice on which insurers are prepared to co-operate.
 
  • WAG requested greater transparency with invoicing by Crown Lands and provided a simple solution. WAG has more recently requested a similar transparency from TfNSW, so that members can better understand their rent invoices.

 
  • WAG  has tackled TfNSW senior management over the conduct of a TfNSW compliance staff member. WAG is battling to introduce a legal appeal process against TfNSW decisions and which will improve staff behaviour.
 
  • WAG achieved a substantial rent reduction for its members at Cottage Point, following negotiations with the relevant Minister, concerning gross over-charging by his department of wetland rents. They now pay the same low rent as Pittwater.

 
  • WAG achieved a 25% rent reduction For a Georges River marina lease, instead of a 175% rent increase that was requested. WAG has, after fighting for 12 years, finally achieved Ministerial approval for a large rent reduction in TfNSW Precinct 2 (Balmain area). However, it is still awaiting approval from the Premier (as at 17 June 2020).

 

 
  • TfNSW has agreed to commence negotiations with WAG on its Deed of Agreement to Enter into a Domestic Lease.

 

 
  • WAG is still battling the NSW Government, over damage to members’ sea-walls and other structures, caused by the wash from ferries. The Government has agreed with WAG to introduce new low-wash ferries to operate on the Parramatta River. TfNSW has improved “No Wash” signage in Mosman Bay following complaints from WAG.
 
  • WAG lodged with the Dept of Planning and Environment a submission to the 2018 review of the Sydney Harbour Regional Environmental Plan and that resulted in improved conditions, involving repairs to waterfront structures.

 
  • WAG is currently challenging the NSW Valuer General on how he values land below the mean-high-water-mark.

 

LOW MEMBERSHIP FEES - $99 for 1 year, $190 for 2 years, $280 for 3 years

(Body Corporates from $295).

WAG HAS BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE AND STILL HAS MUCH WORK TO DO,

LOOKING AFTER YOUR INTERESTS.

THE NSW GOVERNMENT RECOGNISES WAG AS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF

WATERFRONT PROPERTY OWNERS IN NSW.

YOU NEED WAG TO SURVIVE - PLEASE JOIN OR RENEW YOUR

WAG MEMBERSHIP TODAY!