Councils will ‘come around’ to planning panels, ABC News. July 6, 2009

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The New South Wales Government says it is confident its regional planning panels will start making development decisions within the next few months, despite some of the north-west region’s councils being reluctant to join the scheme.

Two local government representatives will join three state-appointed members on the panels to assess development applications over $10 million.

Several councils in New England’s north-west have expressed reservations about the proposal, with some still to sign up for the scheme, warning it is undemocratic and weighted in favour of Government appointees. Continue Reading

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