Matthew Moore, September 21, 2010
COMMUNITIES across NSW are so frustrated and cynical about the planning system they doubt it is worth the effort of even engaging with it, according to a report funded by the Department of Planning.
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THOUSANDS of NSW coastal development sites may never be built on under new government guidelines directing councils to limit construction on beachfront and lakeside land under threat from rising sea levels.
The NSW Coastal Planning Guidelines, released today, encourage councils… Read more
How big is too big? The former premier Bob Carr says Australia’s population should be capped at 28 million. A federal Labor backbencher, Kelvin Thomson, says 26 million. The Stable Population Party of Australia says 23 million. The Greens want… Read more
Australian urban designer Ruth Durack suggested earlier in the decade (with a passing reference to the Venetian Ghetto) that the urban village is dictated by a rigid form and function which clashes with fundamental principles of sustainablity. She argued for… Read more
Beachfront landowners fighting to protect NSW properties threatened by coastal erosion have won another victory with the Land and Environment Court ordering Byron Bay Council to restore a sandbag wall to keep out the sea. Continue reading
PLANNERS NORTH, Town… Read more
Individual apartment owners could be forced to sell their units to a developer if three-quarters of the other owners in their building want to do so, under a proposal from the Australian Property Council.
The council, which represents developers and… Read more
Holiday home owners across NSW will find themselves forbidden from making improvements as simple as building a new backyard toilet under planning rules introduced because of rising sea levels.
Coastal councils are rewriting their planning rules in response to new… Read more
Suburbs across NSW are in danger of becoming “mini ghettos” as the State Government pushes on with an unpopular $2.9 billion plan to integrate public housing.
An investigation by The Daily Telegraph has found residents are protesting against at least… Read more
The Insurance Council of Australia says that no area of the country is ”red flagged” to prevent beachfront home owners obtaining insurance but it is already difficult, if not impossible, to insure against coastal erosion or what are called ”saltwater… Read more
Byron Shire Council is pushing ahead with plans to demolish a number of seafront houses it says are most affected by coastal erosion.
It will seek approval at a council meeting today. The plan is likely to inflame relations with… Read more