Mayor blasts Sartor office

By LUKE KEIOSKIE

PLANNING Minister Frank Sartor is under fire again, with local government representatives accusing the NSW planning department of hypocrisy.

Coffs Harbour mayor Cr Keith Rhoades has questioned the government's constant claims that they listen to communities.

"Why is it Minister Sartor gave instructions to his department that they had only one week to assess more than 530 submissions regarding the proposed changes to section 94 contributions?" Cr Rhoades said.

"It's absolutely hypocritical."

Cr Rhoades said the submissions were from NSW councils and other concerned organisations, and being told that so many were to be assessed over such a small time frame was 'a smack in the face'.

"We hear regularly that they listen but they're just paying lip service," he said.

A spokesperson for the Department of Planning neither confirmed, nor denied Cr Rhoades' claim, but did say more than 500 submissions have been received.

"The Department has commissioned an independent summary of the results of the public exhibition process, which will be made publicly available," the spokesperson said.

Further accusations of hypocrisy against Minister Sartor have come out this week, with the Local Government Association claiming the minister hosted a dinner for developers at a time when the government was handling development applications for some in attendance.

LGA president Genia McCaffery has called this further evidence that the government should immediately halt implementation of the proposed changes.



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