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Fwd: Appointment of Planning Panel

Date: 23-Aug-10
Author: Clr. Cordelia Burcham
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Today this notification of the removal of Council's planning powers arrived from the Planning Minister Tony Kelly.

It is with utter disgust and palpable frustration I inform the wider community of the obvious implications and impact of a decision like this will have on all sides of opinion.

Those of you who took so much time and consideration in your submissions to Council regarding the LEP, will in effect, have your voices and your wishes removed.

I believe as we watch the Federal Labor Government tear itself apart, and the knives so quickly and easily drawn by State Labor toward their own, we are in for the same treatment at a Local level.

So the headway we have made as a working Council, as your representatives is taken away and a faceless panel installed to determine our futures.

Kind regards,

Clr. Cordelia Burcham


Dear Councillors,

Please be advised that the attached letter was received today 23 August 2010 from Mr Tony Kelly, Minister for Planning advising of his decision to appoint and establish a Planning Panel for Cessnock City Council under sections 118 and 118AA of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 ('the Act').

Environmental Planning and Assessment (Cessnock City Council Planning Panel) Order 2010 ('the Order') is also attached for your information.  This Order commences on the date of its publication on the NSW Legislation website.

Council is currently not aware of the Panel's commencement date but believes that this date will be confirmed by a Gazettal Notice later this week.  Councillors will be notified of the commencement date once established.

The implications for both Council staff and Councillors are currently being investigated.  Councillors will receive a followup memorandum once the implications are known.

Minister Kelly has outlined the reasons behind his decision and these reasons will be made publicly available as is required by the Act.  The functions of the Panel and the specific terms of reference of the Panel are set out in the attached Order.

The appointed members to the Panel are as follows:  
                                        Mr Tim Rogers (Chair)
                                        Ms Alison McCabe; and
                                        Mr Vince Berkhout

Also attached is a copy of the terms of appointment for each member for your information.


C T BENNETT, CPA
ACTING GENERAL MANAGER

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