Corinne Fisher, convenor of The Better Planning Network explained the implications of the new Local Government Amendment (Early Intervention) Bill at the HHT’s AGM. The Bill represents the most massive changes to planning in 30 years:
- vastly increasing the powers of the Minister for Local Government to fast track development
- removing community members’ rights to comment on developments that happen next door or in their neighbourhood.
Ted Mack (former Mayor and State and Federal Member for North Sydney area) says the Bill has ‘earth shattering implications for local communities’. Read Ted’s recent SMH article: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/grab-for-power-will-put-councils-in-an-impossible-position-20130320-2gfrx.html
What to do now?
Contact: Anthony Roberts, Member for Lane Cove, Phone (02) 9228 5276, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact members of the Christian Democratic Party who are in a position to influence the outcome of the Bill when it reaches the upper house:
- Reverend The Hon Fred Nile: F.Nile@parliament.nsw.gov.au
- The Hon Paul Green: email@example.com