Review of NSW Part 3A Legislation

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Review of NSW Part 3A Legislation

Postby HVPA_research » Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:41 am

September 26, 2010
The following article by Environmental Defender's Office New South Wales (Ltd) Part 3A
Technocratic Decision-Making and the Loss of Community Participation Rights: Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
Provides and outline of this anti-democratic legislation:

Increasingly, however, the NSW Government is moving away from the recognition that local communities have relevant expertise and interests in planning outcomes; that decision makers sometimes get it wrong; and that preservation of the environment sometimes outweighs the importance of economic growth. The introduction of Part 3A by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Infrastructure and Other Planning Reform) Act 2005 reflects the philosophy that "Government knows best" and the idea that planning decisions are technical matters that do not gain from substantial community involvement.

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