Section 94 cap a Hazzard for Labor

SHADOW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Brad Hazzard has called on the NSW Government to enter immediate discussions with local government and the development industry to end the stand off over the Section 94 levies cap.

 The Keneally Government announced it was capping Section 94 levies councils charge on new developments but failed to undertake appropriate consultation with local government.

 “The NSW Liberals and Nationals are extremely concerned the State Labor Government’s levy cap decision has been undertaken without appropriate consultation with local government or any explanation as to how the shortfall will be made up,” Mr Hazzard said.

 “Suggestions that councils may be forced to recover the shortfall through substantial increases in charges to ratepayers is unacceptable. We do not accept that the State governments capping of Section 94 levies is the panacea for the critical problem of the lowest housing starts in over 50 years.”

 Mr Hazzard said unless the Government engages local government in productive discussions to achieve a balanced outcome, it is likely that local governments’ concerns and reluctance to approve new development applications will exacerbate the housing shortage.

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