This office has produced a 12 page primer on the Planning White Paper – identifying the impact of the proposed changes,  concerns about limiting consultation, and alternative ideas for how we could do planning better.

Planning Law Reform A4 12page WEB-1

We also have a Powerpoint Presentation that David is available to present to your community group, or download it for your own use. This can be downloaded from here: PowerPoint Presentation

Key concerns include that these reforms will:

  1. Hand over the key planning decisions on land use to unelected regional bodies dominated by Ministerial appointees.
  2. See up to 80% of development approved in 10 to 25 days without any community notification or input
  3. Force local councils to deliver unpopular planning decisions made at a state and regional level
  4. Further reduce heritage and environmental protections
  5. Take the democracy out of planning by removing elected councillors from most decision making on developments
  6. Let developers off the leash by “letting the market decide” where new housing and development will occur
  7. Introduce new taxes so that new in-fill development subsidises unprofitable and damaging urban sprawl
  8. Expand the use of developer-paid private certifiers to assess and approve the majority of developments

Click the icon to download the PDF of this, or click here: Putting Communities First.

Please feel free to print this material, and share it with your networks. If you want printed copies of any materials, or to invite David to speak at your community event please call 9230 3030 or email 

Other steps to take:

1. Connect with your local community
– Share your concerns with your neighbours, or join your local resident action group

2. Contact your local paper or radio station to share your concerns

3. Lobbying your elected representatives
– Contact your local State MP and local Councillors to ask what they intend to do.

4. Make a submission to the White Paper – submission deadline is 28 June 2013.
– Set out how damaging the government’s plan is and propose a constructive way forward.

NB: Though the Government is accepting submissions on its proposal, it is public pressure, through community events and media attention, which is more likely to make them reconsider their plans.

Read more about the proposed reform here.

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