The NSW state minister for planning, Mr Frank Sartor, is set to announce that 10,000 hectares of privately owned land in the Hunter Valley will be transferred to public ownership, as parks.  It all sounds good doesn’t it, until you see the other side to this issue.  It is actually a land swap, where several large developers, among them Coal and Allied, Hardie Holdings and Rose Corp, will be granted the right to develop in so called “key areas”.

These key areas have previously been untouchable by developers due to their environmental significance. How does government planning policy ignore good reasons for keeping this land as environmentally protected? How do these developments pass through with out even a Statement of Environmental Effects?  There is no due process, there is no transparency, Frank Sartor’s breakfast club of developers has another win in NSW against the environment and planning policy.

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Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.