Originally published 25Nov2013
PLANNING BILL action needed & GFF XMAS PARTY invit
25 November 2013
Contents: GFF XMAS PARTY this Thurs (scroll down) and NSW PLANNING BILLS action needed
New NSW PLANNING BILLS
will be debated this week. If we don"t object to them, (just a few mins via BPN website below) they will open the way for developers" and miners" open-slather. All environmental protections that were hard won in the seventies by dedicated people in conjunction with the Green Bans imposed by Jack Mundy will be lost. Check below for list of what we stand to lose. Oh dear. Please forward to your friends.
MESSAGE FROM BPN: Please do two things URGENTLY between now and Tues 26 Nov no later than Thurs. 28 Nov. We need to bombard the computers of the Labor Shadow Cabinet and the Upper House. EMAIL IS BEST. (They can take the phone off the hook.)
This is a numbers game.
Let the pollies know they have to throw out the Planning Bills on Tues. 26 November or you will live with the consequences whether it be high rise, csg extraction, open cut mines etc. IT IS UP TO EVERYONE TO DO THIS!
PLANNING BILLS UPPER HOUSE DEBATE NEXT TUESDAY
Go to the BPN Website Home page; see link below; send your personal message to throw out the planning bills stating why; hit SEND and your message goes to every member of the Upper House.
taking power away from councils and residents; approval to interfere with aquifers and water resources; spot rezoning facility for developers; urban growth areas denying people their amenity and the right to comment rendering them powerless; all power given to the Planning Minister and Director-General of Planning to override Local Plans, Councils etc; emphasis on economic growth at the expense of environmental protection; tokenistic community engagement; further erode protection of the coast, heritage and native vegetation; Aboriginal heritage is not (explicitly) addressed in the Planning Bill; more complicated system than the current planning legislation; removing the right of the community to appeal decisions; lack of transparency in the decision making processes
I AM SURE YOU CAN NOMINATE ANY OF THESE OR OTHER REASONS TO THROW OUT THESE PLANNING BILLS
Thank you for all that you do.
IF YOU'RE REALLY KEEN:
In order to priority, please call:
Luke Foley, Shadow Minister for Planning and Infratstructure- Phone (02) 9230 2927, Luke.Foley@parliament.nsw.gov.au
John Robertson, Leader of the Oppposition Ph (02) 9230 2310, Leader.email@example.com
Sophie Cotsis, MLC, Ph: 9230 2080, Sophie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Daley, Member for Maroubra, Ph: 9349 6440, Maroubra@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Adam Searle, MLC, Ph: 9230 2160, email@example.com
Nathan Rees, Member for Toongabbie Ph: (02) 9831 8022, Toongabbie@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Ron Hoenig, Member for Heffron Ph: (02) 9699 8166, Heffron@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Penny Sharpe, MLC- Ph: 9230 2741, Penny.firstname.lastname@example.org
Tania Mikailuk, Member for Bankstown, Ph: 9708 3838, Bankstown@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Linda Burney, Member for Canterbury Ph: (02) 9718 1234, Canterbury@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Carmel Tebbutt, Member for Marrickville- Ph: (02) 9572 5900, Marrickville@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Peter Primrose, MLC, Ph: 02 9230 2686, Peter.email@example.com
CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR GFF SUPPORTERS
THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER 6 - 10 pm
Pandanus Rooms, Services Club, 132 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
A BIG THANK YOU!! This is especially for the street surveyors, coordinators and partners and all who worked so hard to make our shire Gasfield-Free! Supporters who were unable to participate in surveying are also welcome and are invited to drop a donation into the box.
Surprise entertainment, yummy finger food and wonderful people! Drinks avail at bar. Encounter, engage, enjoy! See you there . . .
Thanks also to all the lovely volunteers who helped us put on the LTG movies, and also to those who came. Webisodes of the movies are on http://www.lockthegate.org
QUOTE: 'The animals . . . they"re the ones who know the country more than any of us ever will. They have no rights, and yet all the deep, deep knowledge is written in their muscles and their bones.' Thanks Jill Keogh for this quote from Melissa Lucashenko"s book "Mullumbimby".