Frayne Dyke-Walker , of  Dural NSW, made the following submission on the project:

Legislative Updates

Dear Sir/Madam,

Submission on the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017

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

As a Landscape Designer in the private sector 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:
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.
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.

I would like to add that these panels of developers and planning professionals should be made to be held responsible for failing in their due diligence - Most in the private sector of design and engineering are held responsible even after death and pay large annual insurance premiums for Professional Indemnity and Public Liability to do so. It certainly sharpens your judgement when you know your personal assets are at stake in perpetuity.

Yours sincerely,
Frayne Dyke-Walker