The process for planning our communities is being overhauled, with the listening tour an important step.
The process for planning our communities is being overhauled, with the listening tour an important step.

Communities to have a say

A TWO-MONTH listening tour across NSW, being held as part of the NSW Government's planning system review, will soon head to the North Coast.

The review is being led by former NSW Environment Minister Tim Moore and former NSW Public Works Minister Ron Dyer.

Mr Moore said more than 150 meetings with stakeholders and the community were being held, including community forums in at least 44 locations over two months.

The third week of the Statewide tour will begin with two community forums in Taree on Monday.

"We will be traversing all corners of the state to listen to the community as part of the most comprehensive review of the NSW planning system in 31 years," Mr Moore said.

"This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for people to have their say about a planning system which affects every parcel of land in the state.

"We urge people to come along and tell us what they think should be the principles and objectives that should form the bedrock of this planning system."

During week three of the listening tour, the two review chairs will visit Taree, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Murwillumbah.

Mr Dyer said the tour of NSW followed on from a ministerial planning forum held in Sydney in July, which officially launched the consultation phase of the review.

Video of the forum can be accessed from

"We recognise that the areas we will visit during this week will have their own unique needs and issues, which should be reflected in a new planning system," he said.

"I encourage everyone to come along and provide input into how our planning system can best deliver for the people of NSW."

After the listening and scoping stages are completed, the next steps will include:

The preparation of a Green Paper - outlining options in regard to the future planning system and the basis of a legislative scheme.

A White Paper - setting out the government's new framework for the NSW planning system, including new draft legislation which will re-write the current Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Further information is available on the planning system review website

Notes from each community forum will be posted on the website.

The closest forums to the Clarence Valley will be at the C.ex Coffs from 3-5pm and from 6-7.30pm, September 28, and Ballina RSL Club, from 3-5pm and 6-7.30pm on September 29. No bookings are needed.

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