This Paper quoted figures showing that legal costs to local government in NSW have been rising exponentially in recent times and that between 1993 and 1994–95 they increased from $10 million to $14 million. It was found that one council with strong development pressures attributed 60 per cent of its planning and regulatory costs to its legal expenses, another just under 50 per cent, and several other councils attributed just under 40 per cent of their costs to legal disputes.
The Paper highlighted the need for councils to review their dispute resolution practices and to consider seriously the introduction of ADR processes not only in order to save legal costs but also to more effectively involve local communities in planning and development issues.
"Saving the ADR way: the case of local government,"
2, Article 6.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/adr/vol1/iss2/6