October 25, 2014
Source: The Australian
Author: Kylar Loussikian
SYDNEYSIDERS have a “fear of growth” after being scarred by poor or non-existent planning in the past decade, NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward told a Committee for Economic Development of Australia lunch yesterday.
“We have not got a city that works particularly well,” she said, foreshadowing an announcement on the Greater Sydney Commission before the state election in March.
The previous government had “concentrated power in the minister’s office in an opaque manner”, “blackening” the idea of planning for the public.
But Ms Goward offered scant new information about the time frame for either a metropolitan strategy or the commission, which was announced in June.
A draft of Sydney’s metropolitan strategy was released last year and has repeatedly been delayed. A spokeswoman for the department of planning told The Australian in June it would be released “in coming months”.
Clover Moore, Sydney’s lord mayor, questioned the need for the commission to co-ordinate development across the city. “Isn’t that the Planning Department’s job,” she said.
Tim Williams, chief executive of the Committee for Sydney, said without planning the city risked “ceasing to be a great conveyor belt of social mobility”.
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