Call to curb caretaker councils

STRONG, enforceable laws are needed to prevent local councils making major planning decisions while in caretaker mode, according to the North Coast Environment Council.

Following a number of incidences where local councils have made controversial planning decisions in the lead up to an election, the North Coast Environment Council (NCEC) is calling on the Local Government Minister, Barbara Perry, to take immediate action.

NCEC president Jim Morrison said they had been informed of at least three controversial developments approved by three different local councils along the North Coast in the lead up to the elections this weekend, including Nambucca Shire.

Nambucca Shire Council just recently approved a six-lot rural residential subdivision in core koala habitat,” he said..

“This had been on the books for four years, and was rushed through whilst the council was in caretaker mode.

“The Director General of the Department of Local Government has issued a circular to councils, advising them to avoid significant or controversial developments in caretaker mode, but that advice has been ignored.”

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