Local planning alerts and public submissions made even easier by Open Australia

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Open Australia have just added a new feature to their fantastic planning alerts service, allowing you to seamlessly submit your concerns or support for a development proposal being considered by your local Council. Too often, it's the difficulty and time it takes to understand and make a submission that deters people from having a say in the issues that impact them. OpenAustralia aims to remove the barriers that prevent people from accessing and engaging with publicly available information.

Here's what Matthew and Henare of OpenFoundation Australia had to say about Planning Alerts, a great service that just got even better..

"Our built environment has a huge impact on our lives. And we all have strong opinions about what it should be like.

One of the major things that determines this is the planning process that our councils look after. If you’ve ever tried to make a submission on a development application you will know that it can be a difficult process to understand. Chances are you’ve not bothered because it all seemed like too much trouble.

Today we want to let you know about a new PlanningAlerts feature which makes this simple. Now when you click on a development application, you’ll be able to make a submission to council right on the PlanningAlerts page for the application – no more hunting down the right form, email address or even which council to send it to. We do the boring stuff for you automatically.

This means you have the opportunity to directly affect whether an application will get approved or not. It “closes the loop”, so that not only do you find out about things planned near you, you can easily and directly do something about them.

You also get to see what other people have said because all comments automatically go up on the site once they’re sent to the planning authority.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be rolling out the new feature, adding it council by council. When the feature has been rolled out for your council you will see the big new comment box. If it hasn’t been rolled out yet you can help by finding the email address that submissions should go to for your council and sending that to us.

As this feature is brand new it’s bound to have some niggling problems. So, please help by letting us know about any problems that you find or things that could be done to improve the service.

To get started go to http://www.planningalerts.org.au/ and enter your street address.

It’s your neighbourhood. Make sure you have a hand in how it develops.

Matthew and Henare OpenAustralia Foundation Volunteers"

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How can I get my Council added to the list of Councils you cover? This is a very good service, thank you for your initiative.

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Liverpool Council Needs this Now!!! Unfortunatley there is still an element of questionable People at Liverpool Council as I found out in this last week. This system will cross the ( T`s ) & dot the ( I`s ) on these people once & for all as it will all become moore Transperant!! To all the good Peole on Council, Keep up the good work: To all the questionable ones, Your time is coming to a close!!

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