Submissions have today opened for the Parliamentary Inquiry into key planning decisions in the Newcastle and Hunter region, with the NSW Parliament last week voting in favour of a Greens’ motion to establish the much needed inquiry.

This inquiry gives residents the chance to speak directly to Parliament on the most controversial planning decisions in the region. We hope to look behind the closed doors of local and state government to see how these decisions were arrived at, who the decision makers were listening to, and who they were ignoring.

Importantly the committee has resolved to consider a possible interim report being delivered before Christmas once it has had the opportunity to review submissions.

Submissions to the inquiry open today and will close on 24 October 2014. For further information about the inquiry, including its terms of reference, or for more on how to make a submission, please go to: www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/newcastleplanning

Residents in the region are strongly encouraged to make a formal submission to the committee and have their voice heard.

Previous work we have done on this issue may be of interest in preparing submissions: