31 January 2020
On 31 January 2020, the Department issued an Official Caution to Riverina Oils and Bioenergy Pty Ltd for failing to disclose two reportable political donations of $1, 000 each on lodgement of a modification development application to MP 07_0146 in 2015. The donations were reported by Riverina Oils and Bioenergy Pty Ltd on the NSW Electoral Commission website. Under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, applicants are required to disclose all reportable political donations to the Department when making development applications. Riverina Oils and Bioenergy Pty Ltd has expressed remorse and has now implemented an internal register of political donations to avoid a reoccurrence on future planning applications.