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...
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...
NSW government defies parliament to hide lobbyist links

NSW government defies parliament to hide lobbyist links

The NSW Government has put itself on a collision course with the State’s Upper House by failing to produce documents detailing the Planning Minister’s repeated contacts with developer lobbyists during his attempted overhaul of the State’s planning laws. The documents...
O’Farrell forced to effectively abandon unpopular Planning Bill

O’Farrell forced to effectively abandon unpopular Planning Bill

The Minister for Planning Brad Hazzard has today been forced to admit reality and effectively abandon the O’Farrell government’s deeply unpopular planning bill which had betrayed its promise to return planning powers to the community. Greens MP and Planning...
Housing Affordability debated on 7:30 Report

Housing Affordability debated on 7:30 Report

When you hear lobbyists from the property industry talking about planning they inevitably run the argument that if only they could build more new housing then housing would be cheaper.  Their argument goes, if politicians changed the law to prevent the community from...