The Community Alliance for Byron (CABS) is a collection of community groups dissatisfied with council’s procedures and practices and the unplanned and the unchecked development they say is taking place across the shire, “outside of sound planning principles and without community consent.”
On September 18, under the Tree of Knowledge in Sydney’s Domain, scores of people gathered to witness and applaud the launch of an ambitious charter for principled planning in NSW. Prepared by a working group of community organisations, the charter titled “Planning for People: A Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW” envisages a planning system that is built on fairness, equity and ecological sustainability.
A coalition of community groups including the Better Planning Network has won support of the New South Wales Labor Party and the Greens for a Community Charter for Good Planning in anticipation that development will be front and centre of the NSW election in March next year. The issue is especially volatile after a number of politicians were forced to resign in recent months following revelations of development-related corruption in the Independent Commission Against Inquiry.
Newcastle residents got their first chance to question candidates standing in the upcoming by-election, as they fronted a community forum in the city on Thursday night.
It was organised by the Better Planning Network, an organisation aiming to lift the standard of planning and development approvals across NSW.