Therese Findlay , of  Petersham NSW, made the following submission on the project:

Legislative Updates

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for this opportunity to make a submission.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 continues to favour developers and big business, and continues to fail to deliver positive outcomes for the environment and communities.

I generally support proposals that will improve community participation and strategic planning. However, I oppose proposals that will override important environmental protections, reduce transparent decision making and limit local planning powers, including:
In particular the new ‘step in’ powers for the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment;
The introduction of additional internal review rights for proponents, with little transparency or equivalent rights for the community or public interest; and
Provisions that would allow the Minister to require local planning panels to make decisions in place of local councils.This removes the democratic process.
The Bill also fails to address several key environmental and community concerns, including providing absolute protection for areas of high conservation value, strengthening the rules around biodiversity offsetting and requiring decision makers to better consider and respond to the impacts of climate change.
Please consider what is in the best interests of the community and the environment rather than expediency to enable businesses to continue to harm the people of this state and the special environment we are all living in.

Yours sincerely,

Therese Findlay