New South Wales

NSW Government confirms commitment to Barangaroo following release of report

A SHORT and sharp review examining Sydney's controversial Barangaroo project concluded this week with the release of the final report.

The review, initiated by the NSW Government in May and conducted by Victorian planners Shelley Penn and Meredith Sussex, concluded that "the fundamentals of the plans for the site are well founded."

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Panel established to review NSW standard LEP template

NEW South Wales Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard today announced the establishment of a Local Planning Panel to engage with local councils and report back to government on how the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) template can be improved.

The Coalition said it would introduce more flexibility in response to "state-wide frustration among NSW Councils" over the former Labor Government's approach to 'template' Local Environmental Plans (LEPs).

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Forum to kick off NSW planning system review

PLANNING and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard today announced the start of the engagement process to deliver a new planning system for NSW.

A Ministerial Planning Forum will be held this Friday July 22 at Sydney Olympic Park.

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Draft Shoalhaven LEP on public exhibition

SHOALHAVEN City Council this week placed its new Draft Local Environment Plan (LEP) 2009 on public exhibition for a period of 13 weeks.

The draft Shoalhaven LEP will become the City's major ongoing strategic planning tool. Once complete, it will replace the current LEP which dates back to 1985 and guide all future planning decisions.

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RTA to be abolished to make way for Transport for NSW

THE New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority and three other agencies will be abolished as part of State Government's restructure of transport in NSW, described as the most significant restructure of transport in the state's history.

The announcement was made by Transport Minister Berejiklian and Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay last Friday, fulfilling a commitment made by the Coalition Government during the election campaign to create an integrated transport authority.

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Sydney's North West Rail Link project moves ahead

THE New South Wales Government today announced that a successful consortium has been selected to deliver a range of design works for the North West Rail Link.

AECOM Australia, supported by Cox Architects, Grimshaw Architects and Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia, has been selected to provide engineering, rail systems and architectural services for the North West Rail Link.

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Joint chairs announced for NSW planning system review

NEW South Wales Planning and Infrastructure Minister, Brad Hazzard, yesterday said the NSW Government has opened up the planning system to major reform, involving a complete overhaul.

"Today heralds a new era as we announce the overhaul of NSW planning legislation to be led by the Hon Tim Moore and the Hon Ron Dyer," said Mr Hazzard on Tuesday.

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NSW Government releases land for 13,000 dwellings

NEW South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell and Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard yesterday announced the accelerated release of land – enough for 13,000 dwellings – in two Sydney growth centres.

Mr O'Farrell said the NSW Government was taking steps to overturn the serious housing shortage created under 16 years of Labor Government and helping to make home ownership a reality for more young families.

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Huntlee development blocked by court

THE proposed development of a new township at Huntlee, near Branxton in the Hunter Valley, has been blocked by the New South Wales Land and Environment Court for the second time.

Justice Peter Biscoe last Thursday ruled that amendments to state planning laws, made last year by the former Labor government, were invalid.

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Sydney on track for new convention and entertainment centre

THE New South Wales Government has announced that Sydney is well on track to becoming the "entertainment and events capital of the Asia-Pacific", with plans unveiled to construct a new convention and entertainment centre.

The new centre will be a multipurpose venue capable of accommodating at least 12,000 people. It will also feature exhibition space, meeting rooms, hospitality suites and car parking. The development will also deliver enhancements to the public domain.

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Infrastructure NSW Board announced

NEW South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell this week announced the makeup of the full board of Infrastructure NSW, saying it features some of the state's leading business and financial experts.

In May, the government announced the appointment of former NSW Premier Nick Greiner as the Chairman of Infrastructure NSW, while the legislation necessary to establish Infrastructure NSW was passed by Parliament last month.

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Sydney and Randwick councils join forces for light rail extension

TWO major Sydney councils will work together to support an extension to Sydney's light rail system, hoping to ease traffic congestion and improve public transport in Sydney.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP and Randwick Mayor Murray Matson have agreed to join forces to support the extension of light rail into the CBD and into Sydney's eastern suburbs.

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Infrastructure NSW Bill passes Parliament

LEGISLATION to establish Infrastructure NSW, a new body to coordinate and support the delivery of infrastructure in New South Wales, has been passed in Parliament, Premier Barry O'Farrell announced last week.

Mr O'Farrell said it will be the first time the state will have an independent body laying out a strategic direction for infrastructure delivery and said the new body will take the politics out of infrastructure decision-making.

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