2 September 2011

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today encouraged individuals, interested community groups, local councils and staff, property developers and anyone else who is interested in the planning system to attend consultation sessions which are part of the review of the planning system in New South Wales.

Mr George said the NSW Government had decided that, given the length of time since the EP&A Act and its associated planning system were introduced, a comprehensive review is required.

"The NSW Government has established an independent panel to review this legislation along with the broader planning system. The aim is to create a new planning system that meets today's needs and priorities.

"The State's main planning law, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (the EP&A Act) was written in 1979.

"The EP&A Act outlines how decisions are made about what people can do with their land. For example, it allows councils to create local environmental plans (LEPs) which broadly define where and what development can take place. It also allows councils to prepare development control plans which typically provide more fine-grain detail which guide how developments can proceed," Mr George said.

Mr George said the review is being undertaken by former Ministers The Hon Tim Moore and The Hon Ron Dyer, who are seeking views on what should be the broad underpinning principles for legislation to replace the Act.

"Mr Moore and Mr Dyer are undertaking a statewide listening and consultation process and I encourage everyone to attend, so people's views and concerns can be heard.

"Consultation sessions are being held in Ballina and Murwillumbah.

"This review will be welcomed by many people, as there have been many concerns expressed to me regarding the Act, in particular relating to LEP's," Mr George said.

Mr George said at the end of the consultation process, the panel will produce an initial discussion paper setting out the results of the consultation and what the panel believes should be the principles considered for the new planning system.

Local Consultation Sessions and Times:

29 September Ballina RSL Club - 3.00-5.00pm & 6.00-7.30pm

30 September Murwillumbah Services Club - 3.00-5.00pm & 6.00-7.30pm

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.