Tag Archives | Newcastle

More bluster and bullying from Baird on the Newcastle rail rezoning

  The Newcastle community, and Newcastle Council, must not be bullied by the Baird Government to support UrbanGrowth’s rezoning plans for the Newcastle rail line. The veiled threat by Transport Minister Andrew Constance that Newcastle Council is “robbing the people of Newcastle of $100 million” can’t be allowed to push the council into supporting the […]

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In the media: Selling the iconic Newcastle Courthouse

With the Government seemingly intent on selling the Newcastle Courthouse, we submitted some information requests to obtain information about the opaque process to date – that has run over-time and over budget. The documents received show this incredible building has been valued at only $6.6 million which is extraordinary given the size and location – “the people of […]

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Indigenous project funding hoovered up by mining companies

When mining companies in the Upper Hunter have enormous developments approved they are required to put money into a trust for local Aboriginal communities. Unfortunately it seems that the trust fund has been handing out money to mining industry bodies, rather than the local Aboriginal community. As reported by the ABC: A New South Wales […]

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Opinion piece: High Court ruling on donations

The High Court yesterday McCloy & Ors v State of NSW, in which property developer and Former Mayor of Newcastle was seeking to challenge the validity of state bans on developer donations to political parties.  The court supported the bans, finding that developer money was a valid corruption risk and one that it was appropriate […]

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Government rejects transparency in favour of east end over-development and rail removal

See the Newcastle Herald article here – Newcastle rail project: Government on track despite inquiry’s findings The NSW Government Response to Inquiry on the planning process in Newcastle and the broader Hunter region is a slap in the face to residents of Newcastle and the Hunter who would have reasonably expected the Baird government would implement far greater […]

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FOI – Freedom’s just another word for ‘nothing here to see’

The agency which plans to remake Newcastle, UrbanGrowth, refused to produce key documents to Greens MP David Shoebridge under Freedom of Information laws because they said they aren’t required to produce “documents” but only “information”. This bizarre legal obstruction was only stopped when they were threatened with legal proceedings on the basis that the documents […]

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Too many authorities develops muddle

Imagine for a moment you had to design a planning system for the State’s second largest city. How would you go about it? Would you design a system that gave decision-making on development near the harbour to one body, development in the suburbs that surround the city to another, and development in the heart of […]

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