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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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Privatised rail and overdevelopment a toxic mix for suburbs from Sydenham to Bankstown

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. The private-operated Sydney Metro project, which the NSW government has not justified or transparently planned, will facilitate the rezoning of every suburb along the Bankstown train line […]

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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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Baird’s plan to take democracy and environment out of planning

The Baird government has a plan to remove residents’ right to have a say in 90 per cent of developments across the state. Today’s announcement that the Baird government’s so-called “State plan” is to have 90 per cent of housing development applications determined within 40 days can only happen if the government removes neighbours right […]

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