We are asking members to reaffirm their demand that the Government keep its election promise and produce Planning Legislation that eliminates corruption and abuse of power.
In November this controversial legislation was amended in the NSW Upper House to exclude the main benefits for developers. While it did not satisfy everyone, we should count this as a major success for the Better Planning Network, supported strongly by the Society, which has campaigned tirelessly for a return of planning powers to communities, as promised before the last State election.
However the proposed NSW Government legislation disempowers residents and benefits developers and, in its desperation regarding the Upper House amendments, the Government has threatened to use the Ministerial discretion enacted by the previous government, the same powers that brought discredit on the planning process in the first place, and caused the Independent Commission Against Corruption to denounce them.
Consequently we are asking members to reaffirm their demand that the Government keep its election promise and produce Planning Legislation that eliminates corruption and abuse of power by developers as much as possible, and this is why the Society has run street stalls and distributed leaflets and emails asking for your help.
The outcome is still uncertain, so it is important we keep up the pressure.