South West Sydney
Labor blames O'Farrell for slow down in development approvals
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The Liberals changes to Part 3A were popular with many locals who felt that local interests were not being considered or addressed by the removal of planning powers from Local Government but the changes were unpopular with developers who argued that returning powers to JRPP's or Council's would stall major developments.
Labor also criticised the redevelopment plans for the Sydney Convention Centre, which many in the conference and events industry are inadequate to attract visitors. Industry feedback on the current Sydney Convention plans was that the proposed changes will not make Sydney competitive with Melbourne or other international cities as the Convention Centre will be too small to host major events and conferences.
Here's what Linda Burney's office issued today.
"The rate of non dwelling construction in NSW has fallen 19.5 per cent since the O'Farrell Government came to power – with major projects in limbo because key elements of the planning system have been removed with no replacement.
New Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows that in the June quarter, non dwelling construction has fallen by 19.5 per cent.
"The O'Farrell Government has brought major development planning approvals to a grinding halt and NSW will pay the price," Shadow Planning Minister, Linda Burney said today.
"Non dwelling construction, which includes office blocks, warehouses and other major infrastructure projects, has fallen by 19.5 per cent since Barry O'Farrell took office.
"The O'Farrell Government removed existing Part 3A planning laws but then failed to replace them with anything to process major development applications – leaving major developments in limbo and creating this massive fall in the non dwelling construction rate.
"The Property Council and Urban Taskforce also come out against the O'Farrell Government for delaying major developments across the State.
"A slowdown in planning approvals is bad news for the construction industry, bad news for jobs and bad news for housing affordability."
The Government is also under fire for talking up its plans for a convention centre at Darling Harbour despite it not having enough space to house international exhibitions and conventions.
"The O'Farrell Government's plans for a new convention centre at Darling Harbour are too small to attract international events and exhibitions," Ms Burney said.
"The Planning Minister has some serious explaining to do – he is allowing major development to stagnate across the State and is proposing to build a convention centre that is far too small to compete on the world stage."
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