Greens by-election candidate for Newcastle Cr Michael Osborne has called for projects and decisions under investigation by the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Planning Process in Newcastle and the Broader Hunter Region to be put on hold until the inquiry reports.
Candidate for Newcastle Cr Michael Osborne said, “The projects and decisions being considered by this inquiry have progressed under a cloud of corruption. Allowing them to proceed will only further erode public trust in the planning process.”
“The ICAC inquiry has only looked at the start of this process, where money flowed to political candidates. The Parliamentary Inquiry will look at what happened next, how were these decisions made, and importantly, were they made in the interests of the community,” Cr Michael Osborne said.
“The Newcastle and wider Hunter community have been let down by corruption and dishonesty. The Government should respect the community’s genuine concern about what has happened and put on hold projects like the East End high-rise and T4 and plans to cut the rail line until the committee reports,” Cr Michael Osborne said.
“I encourage the community to actively participate in the inquiry process, write submissions, attend the hearings, and lobby the by-election candidates about what they want to see for the future of Newcastle,” Cr Michael Osborne said.
Submissions to the inquiry are open between 24 September and 24 October. The Terms of Reference and more information about the inquiry timeline can be found here:https://www.parliament.nsw.
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