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You have to hand it to the visionaries in the City Of Sydney Council and various architectural firms around town. They seem determined to transform vast areas of the city into huge paved plazas, despite the pain and suffering often associated with this kind of urban renewal and beautification. We have all seen the turmoil […]

Brandy Hill Quarry planning tragedy

Opinion by MERRILL WITT The federal government's approval of the expansion of the Brandy Hill Quarry in Port Stephens was heartbreaking, not only for the local community but for the people of NSW and beyond.  A local community organisation, the Brandy Hill and Seaham Action Group, had launched a last-minute, very effective campaign to stop […]

News in brief

Woollahra beaches become smoke-free Woollahra Council and the Cancer Council of NSW have made all beaches in the Woollahra local government area smoke-free. Woollahra Council voted to enact a smoke-free policy on all of the council's foreshore. As of October 1, smoking on any Woollahra beaches will be met with a $550 fine. “This ban […]

Council lock-step with state government, critics say

Waverley Council will hold a second community consultation tonight (April 3) regarding its plans for West Oxford Street in Bondi and the Waverley Bus depot. The consultation is part of council’s ‘charrette’, an intensive planning and design phase, to develop a strategic plan for Bondi Junction. Concerns have been raised the charrette may amend parameters […]

Development lobby chides opposition over planning

The developer lobby group Urban Taskforce has urged opposition parties to back the state government’s original planning bill, which is currently stalled in the Legislative Council while the government considers amendments made late last year. In a letter to upper house leaders of Labor, the Greens and the Shooters and Fishers Party, chief executive Chris […]

Law in limbo, debate over planning continues

The O’Farrell government’s new state planning laws, which will continue to be debated when parliament returns at the end of February, will not include an environmental protection framework, which environmentalists say could significantly impact on threatened species and vulnerable ecosystems. The Australian National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development defines ESD as “using, conserving and enhancing […]

Planning laws set to pass

The state government’s Planning Bill was expected to pass the Legislative Council on Wednesday night. City News understands more than 160 amendments were being discussed, with the government focused on those from the Labor opposition, the Christian Democrats and the Shooters and Fishers. On Wednesday, government MLCs were in negotiations with key crossbenchers. Labor was […]

Fisher’s planning for the future

Shortly after the NSW Government released its Green Paper in July 2012, Corinne Fisher attended a presentation on the proposal to overhaul the state’s planning laws. And she was shocked. “The thing that really got me very agitated was the question of fairness,” she says. “I saw the proposals in the Green Paper as fundamentally […]

Rozelle developers hope fourth time’s the charm

A revised proposal for the former Balmain Leagues Club site has further reduced the height and density of residential towers slated to be built. Rozelle Village, the international developer seeking rights to the site, submitted its amended proposal on July 15 and will await a decision from the state government’s planning authority. The changes slash […]

Greens hindering Callan Park plan, says Mayor

The Greens and neighbourhood activists are hindering the prospects of the Callan Park Master Plan by battling Leichhardt Council instead of the State Government, Mayor Darcy Byrne has said. In an interview with The Inner West Independent, Mr Byrne implored his opponents to "stop hectoring me for political purposes and get on board with the […]