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A NEW PLANNING SYSTEM FOR NSW A message from the Minister.

Posted by gosfordpip on April 17, 2013 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)


The Planning White Paper: Growth, Certainty and Engagement


I am delighted to present the NSW Government’s planning White Paper – a once in a generation transformation of the NSW planning system.


At its core the new planning system will:


• Ensure communities can participate upfront in planning decisions

• Drive economic growth and opportunities across NSW; and

• Provide certainty for all the stakeholders in the planning process.


The White Paper – A New Planning System for NSW builds on the NSW Government’s other planning achievements.

In the past two years we have restored integrity and transparency to the planning system. This includes abolishing Part 3A and returning planning powers to local communities.


As a result of our efforts we have boosted housing, jobs and economic activity. ABS figures show over the last two years, the resurgent housing sector in NSW has been outperforming the rest of Australia in new housing approvals and new home completions are at their highest level since 2006.


I encourage you to have your say on the NSW Government’s planning White Paper. The White Paper and draft legislation are available at and will be on exhibition until Friday 28 June 2013.


Yours sincerely,


Brad Hazzard MP

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

Minister Assisting the Premier on Infrastructure NSW



The broadband battle begins

Posted by gosfordpip on April 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Tony Abbott's announcement today confirms that areas like the Coast will be hurt by the Liberal's broadband plan.


Under their plan, locals will pay thousands of dollars to connect to fibre, under Labor - it's free.


In this day and age, fast, reliable, and affordable broadband, is an essential utility, like water or power

No More Denial: Extreme weather and climate change interlinked

Posted by gosfordpip on April 4, 2013 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

No More Denial: Extreme weather and climate change interlinked


"The release of the Climate Commission report today should end climate denial and put higher greenhouse reduction targets and adaptation to existing warming on the political agenda," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.


"Every year as Australians suffer more extreme heat waves, floods, fires and storms, there is a chorus of denial that the intensity or frequency of the events is linked to climate change. Every year these events are described as one-offs or one in a hundred years.


"This must now stop. Climate change is real and urgent. It's why the Greens drove leadership on climate action during this period of government, with the clean energy package being a direct result of the Greens' agreement with the Gillard Government.


"The heat is now on Tony Abbott. Australians deserve leadership that anticipates natural disasters and works to avoid extreme weather events, not bring them on.


"Now is not the time for Tony Abbott to abandon the 41,000 gwh target for the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target or tear down the whole clean energy package including the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, nor is it the time for Prime Minister Gillard to abolish the Climate Change Department or defund the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.


Posted by gosfordpip on March 28, 2013 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Community groups from across NSW present Better Planning petition


Community groups representing thousands of residents today presented Greens MP Jamie Parker with a 3,000-strong petition, highlighting concerns with the government's proposed changes to planning laws.


The petition calls for the O'Farrell government to abandon its developer driven planning regime and put local communities and the environment at the heart of the planning system.


Greens Member for Balmain Jamie Parker said:


"We Greens took a strong stand against the previous Labor government's moves to strip local councils and local communities of any planning decisions. It seems this current Liberal government's proposed changes may be even worse.


"The strength of this petition and the level of concern across NSW should be a sure sign to Barry O'Farrell that the people of NSW want a change in direction that puts planning back in the hands of the community.


"NSW Labor created the planning system nightmare in NSW, Barry O'Farrell promised to end it. This is one promise the Premier needs to keep," Mr Parker said.


Greens MP and Planning spokesperson David Shoebridge said:


"Ongoing ICAC investigations show us the depths to which any government can sink when it drafts its planning laws to benefit property developers.


"Rather than learn from Labor's mistakes, at this stage it appears Barry O'Farrell is taking the Liberal/National Coalition down exactly the same path," Mr Shoebridge said.


Media contact: Alison Martin 0432 941 533


Photos of the event (please attribute):[email protected]/sets/72157633104181601/


The Better Planning Network represents over 300 community groups. Affiliates attending today included: Friends of Turramurra, Our Land Our Water Our Future, Annandale N and S Precincts, No Lewisham Towers, Kogarah Residents' Association Inc., EcoNetwork (located in Port Stephens), North Cronulla & Woolooware Precinct Committee, REDWatch (located in Inner city area), Pyrmont Action, Friends of Ku-Ring-Gai Environment, ParraCAN, Granville Historical Society, Lane Cove North Residents Association, Central &Nth Miranda Precinct Residents Association, Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society, Epping Civic Trust, South Paddington Community Group, Stringybark Creek Residents Association (located in Lane Cove), Pittwater Natural Heritage Association , The Glebe Society, Ryde Community Alliance, Community Voice Hornsby, Willoughby Environmental Protection Association.


ALP leadership rollercoaster

Posted by gosfordpip on March 21, 2013 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

This was feb 2012

Julia Gillard has convincingly beaten Kevin Rudd in their leadership battle, 71 votes to 31, to retain the prime ministership.

In her press conference after her resounding victory, the Prime Minister said: ''Australians have had a gutful of seeing us focus on ourselves.


Kevin Rudd on the backbench today in question time. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

''Today I want to say to Australians one and all, this issue, the leadership question is now determined,'' she said.


''I can assure you that this political drama is over

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This is MARCH 2013

Julia Gillard has declared Labor’s leadership question settled, after she was elected unopposed as Prime Minister at a meeting of the Labor caucus.

Ms Gillard was the only nominee for the position with former Labor leader Kevin Rudd refusing to run for the leadership at the meeting on Thursday afternoon.

Addressing reporters in Canberra after the meeting called to decide on the leadership, Ms Gillard said:

‘‘The whole business is completely at an end, it has ended now.’’

She said she was grateful to her colleagues for their support, and she had accepted her re-election with ''a sense of deep humility and a sense of resolve''.

''I never sought office for its own sake. I have only sought office in the interests of our nation,'' she said on Thursday afternoon.

''We’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’ll continue to do it.''

Labor spokesman Chris Hayes said Ms Gillard was the only candidate for the leadership and Treasurer Wayne Swan was the only candidate for the deputy leadership when the positions were declared vacant. No vote was required.

''Both were duly elected unopposed and unanimously by the parliamentary caucus,'' he said.

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30 Years On

Posted by gosfordpip on March 5, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Today 5th March 2013 is 30 years since Bob Hawke led Labor to victory over Malcolm Fraser in the 1983 federal election.

Community engagement

Posted by gosfordpip on March 4, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

GOSFORD Politics in the Pub had two successful nights in December and January and looks forward to the year ahead with more guest speakers on a range of issues affecting the coast.


In January, attendees got up close and personal with the highest office holders of local government, new Mayor Lawrie McKinna and newly appointed Gosford Council general manager Paul Anderson.


Cr McKinna spoke of his experiences in his previous roles as a football coach and manager when consulting with stakeholders and the values he placed in this.


Mr Anderson spoke with authority and experience on the subject of community engagement in relation to developments, with a focus on social media.


Councillor Vicki Scott was also in attendance and spoke of her experiences.


There was excellent audience participation, keeping things moving with informed questions.