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

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...
Too many authorities develops muddle

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...
Hunter heritage under threat

Hunter heritage under threat

The Hunter is blessed with an enormous depth of Aboriginal heritage, culture and history. The rich soils of the Hunter Valley, the abundant estuaries on the coast, the sandstone escarpments of the mountains and the fertile river flats have been home to Aboriginal...
Newcastle Rail – an essential connection

Newcastle Rail – an essential connection

In a direct statement in support of the rail to Newcastle, David will join with community members and rail advocates, as he takes the 6:45am train from Central Sydney to Newcastle. Despite strong recommendations from the inquiry into planning in Newcastle and the...