Participants in cases before the Board should be aware that comments involving allegations of any kind against a named or otherwise identifiable person or organisation may be viewed as defamatory by the subject of the comments. Participants may be sued directly for any defamatory allegations in any appeal or submission and should avoid making such allegations. Any submissions made to the Board are generally circulated and/or made available for public inspection. All material relevant to any case determined by the Board becomes available for public inspection following the Board’s decision. Please note that in the event of any potentially defamatory allegation giving rise to legal action against it, the Board may seek indemnity from the person making the allegation. It should be understood that the Board is only concerned with issues relevant to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area and that personalised comments are generally not relevant to its deliberations. The same general principles apply to comments or submissions made at oral hearings.