Tag Archives | Planning

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 carbon emissions in NSW. We think this omission is unacceptable. What else does the bill do? The good:  […]

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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 their Local Environment Plan to be consistent with it. In other words whatever is in […]

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Ray Williams must go

Premier Berejiklian must take a stand and immediately remove Ray Williams from her cabinet amid evidence of thousands of dollars in property developer donations being funnelled through the Hawkesbury Club for Liberal party campaigning. Leaked financial records from the NSW Liberal Party indicate that thousands of dollars of illegal donations from property developers were delivered […]

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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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Community is cut out while developers get fast-tracked approvals

 The Coalition came to government in 2011 on a promise to “return planning powers to communities,” this promise has been cast aside as Mike Baird creates a planning system that favours big developers and cuts out community consultation. Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “Communities and the environment will continue to bear the […]

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Forced amalgamations and loss of local representation already costing taxpayers $590 million

 Mike Baird is planning to spend almost $600 million to sack councils, remove democracy and appoint handpicked Administrators in his attack on local councils. Greens MP and Local Government Spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “The cost of the Baird Government’s undemocratic forced amalgamation agenda is being revealed, with NSW taxpayers footing a $590 million bill to […]

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