Greens councillor welcomes parliamentary inquiry

Planning-Law-Reform“I welcome the Greens-initiated Parliamentary inquiry into tainted planning and development  decisions and encourage Newcastle residents to make submissions and get their voices heard when the inquiry begins,” Greens candidate for Newcastle Cr Michael Osborne said.

“I’m pleased that the Parliament will be investigating the process that led to the imposition of skyscrapers in Newcastle’s historic East End by the State Government and the connection with the State Government developer UrbanGrowth which owns land in the area,” Greens candidate for Newcastle Cr Michael Osborne said.

“The decision to terminate the Newcastle rail line at Wickham will obviously reduce public transport patronage so I hope the parliamentary inquiry will investigate any vested interests that affected this decision,” Greens candidate for Newcastle Cr Michael Osborne said.

The full terms of reference for the inquiry are below:

1.      That a select committee be established to inquire into and report on aspects of the planning process in Newcastle and the broader Hunter Region

2.      The committee is to consider the role of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Newcastle City Council, UrbanGrowth NSW, Lake Macquarie Council and the Hunter Development Corporation in the consideration and assessment of:

a.       State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) Amendment (Newcastle City Centre) 2014,

b.      the Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy,

c.       the Whitebridge development plan in Lake Macquarie,

d.      DA 2014/323 – Newcastle East End Development,

e.       the decision to terminate the Newcastle rail line at Wickham and any proposal to construct light rail including along Hunter and Scott Streets, and

f.       any related matters.

3.      That, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the standing orders, the committee consist of six members comprising:

a.       two Government members,

b.      two Opposition members, and

c.       Mr Shoebridge and the Revd. Mr Nile.

4. That Revd Mr Nile is to Chair the committee.

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