What you need to know about the Planning Bill

What you need to know about the Planning Bill

The Liberal National government has pushed through major changes to our planning laws – without even one mention of climate change. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017 passed NSW Parliament this week with the support of Labor and Fred...

Empty rhetoric isn’t enough to plan for Sydney

The draft Greater Sydney Region Plan released by the Greater Sydney Commission is heavy on rhetoric about affordability, infrastructure and sustainability but lacks the detail and enforceable targets to deliver the city we need. The biggest hole in the draft plan is...
Have your say on the Cumberland Forest

Have your say on the Cumberland Forest

170905 Submission guide for Hills Cumberland Forest development Mirvac has a development proposal to rezone more than 28 hectares of heavily forested land adjoining the Cumberland State forest to allow for 400 apartments and 200 medium density houses. The proposed...
Grill the Ministers at Budget Estimates

Grill the Ministers at Budget Estimates

It has been a busy year in NSW Parliament, and once again budget estimates are almost upon us. Hearings will be from Thursday 31 August to Friday 8 September 2017. We’d love to hear your thoughts about issues to raise and potential questions to ask. Budget Estimates...
The Sydenham to Bankstown Priority precincts

The Sydenham to Bankstown Priority precincts

Between 100,000 – 200,000 new residents Not a single new school site identified Not a single new hospital site Not a single new park Not a single new community centre Download in PDF:  170731 Canterbury Overdevelopment Download in PowerPoint: 170731 Canterbury...
Sky high plans overshadow Chatswood community

Sky high plans overshadow Chatswood community

Willoughby council will tonight consider plans to let developers build buildings as tall and as large as they want in a recipe for disaster for Chatswood. News that Liberal dominated Willoughby Council is using its last few months in office to further a proposal to...
2017 so far: gun money talks and local democracy walks

2017 so far: gun money talks and local democracy walks

Dear friends, We’re a quarter of the way through 2017 and despite how busy things are it seems a good time to reflect a bit on what we’ve done so far. Building on our work on council amalgamations that has already saved a number of councils around the state, I...
Coalition’s planning reforms: another fail

Coalition’s planning reforms: another fail

The Coalition’s draft planning bill is out and our verdict? It’s a fail. The bill completely fails to mention climate change, climate preparedness or planning for a carbon constrained world, even though our planning system is the biggest contributor to...
Greater Sydney Commission: Draft district plans on exhibition

Greater Sydney Commission: Draft district plans on exhibition

The Greater Sydney Commission’s draft district plans are on public exhibition until 31 March 2017. This district plans are of particular importance to your local area because when it is finalised every local council in the district will be required to amend...