Eastern Suburbs Sydney
Marrickville Mayor steps up the Greens push to abolish Part 3A and throws rate capping into the mix
Barangaroo South Model at Department of Planning Information Centre
“Marrickville Greens Mayor Fiona Byrne today took on NSW Government and Opposition spokespeople on a panel at the Local Government Annual Conference in Albury. As The Greens spokesperson on the panel, Clr Byrne told hundreds of Local Councillors that the Greens would abolish Part 3A, Joint regional Planning Panels and return planning power to local Councils and communities.
"The Greens position is consistent with that of the Local Government and Shires Association: abolish Part 3A and JRPPs", Clr Byrne said.
"The Greens will not only return planning power to local communities, we will empower Councils to properly fund local services by scrapping rate capping.
"NSW is the only State in Australia where Councils are not allowed to set their own rates. Councils in other States provide vibrant modern services for local communities by setting the level of rates their communities are comfortable with.
"The NSW Government has not empowered Local Councils to either set their rates or plan for their own communities. This is disadvantaging local communities.
"The NSW Government has a big brother attitude to local Council. This is a doubly bitter pill to swallow when obviously the NSW Government has great difficulty providing quality services and planning decisions.
"The NSW Coalition are quick to identify the lack of trust that the NSW Government has in Councils, but they will not commit to giving Councils real control of their finances.
"Local communities need the ability to fund themselves sustainably," Clr Byrne said.”
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