By Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens
How do we build an economic system that serves the needs of people and nature, both for today and for tomorrow?
The economy is a tool; a tool we humans invented – like democracy and politics – to help govern our relationships between each other, and between ourselves and the world we live in. If our economic tools are not getting the outcomes we want, making us happy, safe, healthy, better educated and fulfilled and protecting and preparing our country for an increasingly uncertain future in a world on track to be 4 degrees warmer, then it is time our economic tools changed.
Few people would be surprised to hear that the planning system is currently skewed in favour of big developers at the expense of environmental, social and cultural concerns, but the destruction that is its legacy continues to come to light. Construction of a KFC restaurant in Newcastle recently brought the issue of adequate protection of sites of significant Aboriginal heritage to broader notice.
The development was that of Australia’s largest KFC restaurant, built approximately one year ago. The site is located on Hunter Street in Newcastle west and was formerly occupied by the Palais Royale building, which was demolished in 2008. Disturbingly, this fast-food restaurant has been constructed over one of Australia’s most significant Aboriginal heritage sites.
By Ann Hardy, National Trust of Australia
Over the past few decades the implementation of heritage legislation has become ‘rubbery’ and the robust operation of the Heritage Act 1977 has declined with the role falling by the wayside for Governments during the 1990s and 2000s. This dismantling of heritage legislation coupled with real threats to heritage has led to the resurgence of conservation groups and many grassroots organisations in NSW are now active defenders of cultural heritage in NSW.
James Ryan, Cessnock City Greens Councillor
Brad Hazzard has produced a planning Green Paper which at first glance promises a brand new day, in which we, the people, are thoroughly consulted, we sit together at the table and everyone is happy.
We should not be fooled.
Your rights as a residents to object to obnoxious over-development are is now at risk. The NSW Minister for Planning, Brad Hazzard, announced last week that the government would be confining the public’s right to have a say to “strategic planning”. From then on, he said, it would be “full steam ahead” for developers.
On March 15 the Northern Region Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) will consider a development application for the construction of a $78 million retirement village on toxic land adjacent to Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome. The development process has also suffered from planning irregularities and will lead to excessive noise for future residents.
Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon was stonewalled yesterday in Budget Estimates by the head of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) who refused to expand on meetings held with Chinese miner Shenhua Watermark Coal Pty Ltd on plans to move coal from Gunnedah to Port Kembla in the Illawarra, bypassing Newcastle Port, because the company missed the deadline for use of the Newcastle coal loader (Audio below).
Greens MP Jamie Parker is urging residents to voice their concerns about the imminent development of Harold Park.
"I am encouraging local residents to come to our public meeting to find out about they will be affected by one of the biggest and most significant urban developments in Glebe for many years.
"I do not support the development of over 1,100 apartments as I am concerned about several issues, including traffic impacts, bulk, scale, density and the lack of affordable housing.
Bawley Point telecommunications tower: Greens propose legislation for greater community consultation
Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon says a bill scheduled to be introduced into the Senate today by Greens Leader Bob Brown would give communities like Bawley Point a greater say in where telecommunications towers are located, to address concerns about community health and environmental impacts.
“What Bawley Point residents now know is that current laws allow telecommunication companies like Crown Castles to skirt around local and state government planning laws, knee-capping the community’s right to be consulted,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“While good reception is vitally important to people living outside of the major centres, we can have this without sacrificing public health or the natural beauty of Bawley Point.
- Event Dates: Mon, 27 May 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
- Location: 73 Pitt st Redfern 2016
- Venue: Redfern Town Hall
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