The Greens warm Keiths heart

KEITH Rhoades says he’s delighted by The Greens’ election platform to return planning powers to councils.

The Local Government Association president and Coffs Harbour mayor welcomed The Greens’ launch of their Reinvigorating Local Government policy.

“We welcome the recognition by The Greens of the importance of returning local planning decisions to local communities, in particular their support to repeal Part 3A and abolish joint regional planning panels,” Cr Rhoades said.

“The Greens are friends of local government and their full response to our NSW election priorities was impressive, highlighting their commitment to councils and the communities they serve.

“Cost-shifting, rate-pegging, lack of infrastructure funding and the erosion of planning powers are some of the recent problems created by the State Government that are crippling councils.”

Cr Rhoades said that ultimately it was the people of NSW who suffered from these actions and The Greens had acknowledged this.

“We look forward to forging a stronger partnership between local government and The Greens and working together for resolution on many of our key issues following the election on March 26.”

The president of the Shires Association, Bruce Miller, said local government had strong support for its NSW election priorities from The Greens, especially in the area of greater financial autonomy for councils and improved financial sustainability.



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