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About WAG & Why Join

  • 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 and its expert lawyers in 2012 successfully renegotiated the current much-improved TfNSW lease document.
  • 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 strenuously fought that threat. While WAG and affected members could not agree on legal action against Ryde Council, WAG secured some improvement to the boardwalk through negotiation.
  • WAG fought the requirement by TfNSW & Crown Lands, that it be noted on lessees/licensees home and contents insurance policies, as an interested party, when most insurers refuse that request. WAG has in 2020 undertaken an in-depth study of this matter and found that most insurers will not meet a claim regarding the interests of TfNSW or Crown Lands, despite some agreeing to note those interests on the policy. WAG advised its members as to which insurers will and which won’t. WAG is currently negotiating this matter with the Insurance council of Australia.
 
  • WAG has tackled TfNSW senior management over the conduct of a TfNSW compliance staff member. WAG complained to the Minister about Crown Lands staff failures and secured a promise of improvement.
  • WAG achieved a substantial rent reduction for its members at Cottage Point, who now pay the same rent as Pittwater.
  • WAG achieved a 25% rent reduction For a Georges River marina lease, instead of a 175% rent increase that was requested.
  • TfNSW has agreed to commence negotiations with WAG on its Deed of Agreement to Enter into a Domestic Lease.
  • 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 has challenged the NSW Valuer General on how he values land below the mean-high-water-mark.
  • WAG is assisting Snails Bay members in negotiating with the NSW Government over the unsightly state of old ferries, barges, a dry dock and other redundant equipment in the bay.
  • WAG has finally been successful in providing an approximate halving of rent for Precinct 2 members, who were previously penalized, because the “fundamentally flawed” IPART formula charges higher rents to small properties.
  • WAG has recently obtained a review of maritime zonings in Hunters Hill, Longueville, Northwood and Seaforth.
  • WAG has continually pressured the Government to introduce low wash ferries on the Parramatta River and address wash issues more generally.
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 FOR WAG TO SURVIVE – PLEASE RENEW YOUR WAG MEMBERSHIP TODAY!