New South Wales

Bankstown Airport's ambitions rejected by Australian Government

INFRASTRUCTURE and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese last week announced his decision to not approve Bankstown Airport's 2010 draft Master Plan.

Explaining the decision, Mr Albanese said he was not satisfied that the draft plan gave the community sufficient information about the airport's plans to allow for proper consultation.

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Proposed $104m development at Oxford Falls refused

THE NSW Government has refused a concept plan application for a $104 million seniors living development at Oxford Falls on Sydney's northern beaches.

The concept plan proposed the use of the site for seniors living and associated services and the reuse of existing buildings on the site. It also proposed the construction of 20 buildings ranging in height from three to four storeys and 607 car parking spaces.

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NSW Labor releases public transport policy

A RE-ELECTED Labor Government in NSW will build the Western Express and Parramatta to Epping Rail Link, cap increases in public transport fares to the consumer price index and double NightRide buses from the city to the western suburbs.

Transport Minister John Robertson last week released the NSW Labor Party's 'Better public transport' policy which also includes the expansion of free internet services to all public transport and the expansion of SMS information updates across all buses in Sydney.

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$168m upgrade of Royal Randwick Racecourse approved

A $168 million upgrade of Royal Randwick Racecourse including extensive new spectator and stabling facilities has been approved, NSW Planning Minister Tony Kelly announced on Saturday.

Mr Kelly said the proposals put forward by the Australian Jockey Club would transform Royal Randwick into a state-of-the-art world class racecourse and create new jobs.

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NSW Government releases Employment Lands report

THE NSW Government has released the Employment Lands Development Program (ELDP) 2010 Overview Report, with Planning Minister Tony Kelly calling it the first comprehensive government analysis of employment lands across Sydney for more than a decade.

The report, which supports the Metropolitan Plan for Sydney 2036, provides an assessment of the existing and future supply of Employment Lands in the Sydney Region.

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LGSA releases its priorities list for NSW election

THE Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) this week launched their NSW Election Priorities 2011, demanding "big changes" from the next government.

The LGSA's priorities list for the 2011 NSW election outlines the major issues of significance and the LGSA's proposed solutions under six key themes:

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NSW Opposition to build more homes on Sydney's fringe

A COALITION government in NSW would release 10,000 lots by state government-owned developer Landcom over four years to reduce the pressure on housing affordability, NSW Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell announced this week.

All profits raised from the land release would go to the New Homes Infrastructure Trust to direct investment into local urban infrastructure.

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NSW Local Development Performance Monitoring report for 2009-10 released

THE Local Development Performance Monitoring report for 2009-10 was released this week by the NSW Department of Planning.

The report shows that local councils in NSW made over 100,000 determinations, with development applications determined within an average of 67 days, a reduction of seven days compared to the figures for 2008-09.

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$150m concept plan for residential development at Macquarie Park approved

THE NSW Department of Planning last Friday announced the approval of a $150 million concept plan for residential development at Macquarie Park on Herring Road.

The development will consist of five residential buildings, up to a maximum of 12 storeys in height, that will contain up to 550 dwellings on the 17,000 square metre site.

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$57m White Bay cruise ship terminal approved

NSW Planning Minister Tony Kelly this week announced the approval of a new $57 million cruise passenger terminal at White Bay.

Despite concerns from residents about increased congestion and criticism from cruise ship operators regarding the location of the terminal, Mr Kelly said the new terminal would be a major improvement on the existing industrial use of the site.

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Housing supply boosted at Moama, NSW

NSW Planning Minister Tony Kelly has announced that he has approved the rezoning of 27 hectares of land for residential use at Moama, north of the Victorian border town of Echuca.

Mr Kelly said the rezoning would provide "much-needed housing and meet demand", supporting between 150 and 200 new dwellings.

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Government calls for public feedback to guide NSW Coal and Gas Strategy

THE NSW Government has released a scoping paper seeking input from the public and key stakeholder groups to guide the preparation of a NSW Coal and Gas Strategy.

The scoping paper provides an overview of the industry and its potential growth over the next 25 years and identifies the key issues associated with growth in the coal mining and coal seam gas industry.

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NSW Major Development Monitor 2009-10 released

A REPORT outlining the activity of the NSW Department of Planning, including the Planning Assessment Commission and Minister for Planning, in assessing and determining development proposals has been released this week.

The Major Development Monitor 2009-10, the fifth report of its type to be published, reveals that the combined investment value of the more than 400 projects approved by the Department during 2009-10 was nearly $19.1 billion.

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