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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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Protecting the public beach must take priority

Plans for a seawall at Collaroy will potentially see local ratepayers paying to protect exposed multi-million dollar private properties at the expense of the much loved beach. Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “Coastal erosion is a serious issue and it requires coordinated planning between state and local Governments. “Anyone seeing the damage caused by […]

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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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Labor cheers Government’s deeply undemocratic planning bill through Parliament

The Greater Sydney Commission bill has been cheered through Parliament by the Labor “Opposition” tonight despite serious concerns being raised about its deeply undemocratic and unaccountable form. The Greater Sydney Commission Bill creates a new planning body which is able to its planning decisions on local areas across greater Sydney and re-write local environment plans […]

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Sydnenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor – have your say

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED TO 31 JANUARY 2016 The Baird government has announced plans to bulldoze the historic centres of almost a dozen Sydney Suburbs to make way for rows of high-rise apartment and commercial buildings. They are now accepting submissions on the proposed Sydenham to Bankstown “Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy” which would see more than […]

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