Issues

Council Amalgamations
An independent review into the future of local government in NSW has now been handed to the State Government. Over the past 12 months there have been different plans put forward, including some to force local councils to amalgamate. Increasing the size of local governments destroys the ‘local’ character of a community by lumping hundreds of thousands of residents from different areas together. Premier O’Farrell has said he would not support forced amalgamations. Join Keep It Local and help make sure he keeps his promise.
Planning Law Changes
The State Government has put forward dramatic changes to the laws that control what can be built and where in NSW. But with your help, Keep It Local and other community campaigns were able to protect your right to have a say. Proper checks and balances are crucial for good planning and healthy communities. The laws are now on hold, but they may be put forward again in 2014. Click on Take Action to make sure your voice is heard.    

News

December 13,2013 by Team in New Planning System, New South Wales, News
The coal and gas industry are threatening our most precious assets - our clean water, best farmland, special wild places and community health. The big coal and gas companies have too much political influence and the regulatory system has failed. A new campaign has been launched to protect our most valuable resources.
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December 11,2013 by Team in Lane Cove, Media, New Planning System
'The Better Planning Network has called for a public inquiry into a new planning system after the State Government failed to have its controversial Planning Bill passed before Christmas,' reports Oliver Murray on page 37 of the Liverpool Leader. 'The Better Planning Network, a coalition of more than 400 community groups, says the failure to get the Bill through proved a rethink was needed.'
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December 11,2013 by Team in Media, New Planning System, Willoughby
'Willoughby councillor Lynne Saville said the State Government should scrap its Planning Bill,' reports Oliver Murray on page 3 of the North Shore Times. 'Cr Saville said the strong community opposition to the proposed new planning system was proof enough that it should be abandoned. "The State Government needs to accept the will of the community and scrap the legislation," the Greens councillor said.
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December 10,2013 by Team in Media, New Planning System, Randwick
'It is full steam ahead for the Randwick and Anzac Pde South urban activation precincts (UAP5) from March 2014, reports Torin Chen on page 7 of the Southern Courier. 'The State Government’s planning laws reform may be in limbo but NSW Department of Planning’s director of urban renewal Michael File said the UAPs did not rely on the passing of the planning Bill. "We are relying on the current act on dealing with the UAP," Mr File said.
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