Inquiry demanded over former council decisions

Revesby resident Lucy Burgess discusses a failed attempt to rezone her Revesby street for high rise apartments with Shadow Planning Minister Michael Daley, State MP for Bankstown Tania Mihailuk and Labor candidate for East Hills, Cameron Murphy.

Story appeared in: Torch | June 27th, 2017

STATE Labor wants an inquiry into the former Bankstown Council's failed attempt to make amendments to Local Area Plans - the day before its forced amalgamation with Canterbury last year.
The inquiry call comes 12 months after the ICAC raids on the offices of the former Canterbury Council as part of an ongoing investigation into its planning decisions.
The Department of Planning earlier this month made a Gateway Determination to reject 36 of Bankstown council's 40 amendments to Local Area Plans that were moved from the floor at its final meeting on May 11, 2016.
Various amendments moved by the council proposed to increase density and height zonings in various suburbs, including Yagoona, Greenacre, Punchbowl, Regents Park, Revesby and Padstow, against council officers' recommendations.
Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Planning Minister Michael Daley joined State MP for Bankstown, Tania Mihailuk and Labor candidate for East Hills, Cameron Murphy at Revesby on Friday to call for the inquiry.
"There must be an inquiry as to how amendments were able to be passed by council in the first place without being subject to public consultation or review by council staff," Ms Mihailuk said.
Mr Daley said the Government should be conducting a transparent examination into what appears to be an abuse of due process.
"There have been some suspect decisions to re-zone properties that need a careful look at. We need to elect honest people with integrity to local council who will work for the community and not themselves," he said.

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