Media Release - 13 June 2012
The O'Farrell government's $400 million subsidy for urban sprawl infrastructure and its fast-tracking of major project development assessments in yesterday's budget are clear indications that the O'Farrell government is set to repeat Labor's planning failures, according to Greens NSW Planning spokesperson David Shoebridge.
"This government's only response to the crisis in housing affordability is yet more urban sprawl in Sydney's fringes that at best delivers house and land packages priced at over $500,000," Mr Shoebridge said.
"In a tight budget it is remarkable that the government is subsidising private developers' infrastructure costs to the tune of over $400 million.
"Developers should be paying the true cost of development, not be subsidised by long suffering tax payers.
"Not only will the O'Farrell government be subsidising private developers, they are also "fast tracking" major development approvals.
"There is a real danger that this rush to approve projects will come at the cost of rigorous environmental assessment and community consultation.
"'Fast tracking' and cutting 'green tape' is just code for excluding the community and ignoring the environment.
"Barry O'Farrell is set to repeat Labor's failings by trying to ram home environmentally damaging projects without due process.
"The O'Farrell government has already established a pro-developer track record with its revamped Planning Assessment Commission approving almost 95% of all the projects it has considered.
"This is despite many of these projects being highly controversial.
"This is sounding very like a return to the notorious Part 3A approvals process that brought the previous Labor government into such disrepute," Mr Shoebridge said.
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