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Council accepts high-rise rezoning proposal despite major flaws

This week’s council meeting was the second of two meetings dealing with the rezoning of two precincts along Parramatta Road and one west of Concord West station. Despite my best efforts, Council supported the rezoning, even though the community does not have key infrastructure like schools and transport to support the higher density. The rezoning …

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Notice of Motion on Council phase-out of “natural gas”

This motion is being introduced by Councillor Charles Jago at the July 2021 Council meeting. The purpose of this motion is to ensure that Council phases out all use of “natural gas” in its operations as soon as possible. This motion is important because it allows Council to contribute to reducing carbon emissions, in the …

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Two notices of motion plus a debate about schools and overdevelopment

In last night’s council meeting, Councillor Charles Jago introduced two notices of motion, both passed by the meeting with support of all councillors: 1. Notice of Motion on residential building efficiency targets Many people will be aware that anybody building a new residence (or even making substantial modifications to one) must submit and pass a …

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Council opposes building work on Sundays and public holidays

In the July 21st Council meeting, Council passed my motion asking the NSW Government to withdraw aspects of its COVID changes allowing building work on Sundays and public holidays. The motion also raised issues with the Government’s “Planning System Acceleration Program”. The full motion (given below) was passed with 8 councillors in support and one …

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Council passes motion for 100% renewable electricity by 2022

Canada Bay Council has passed Councillor Charles Jago’s motion for 100% renewable electricity. The motion was seconded by (Liberal Councillor) Michael Megna, and passed unanimously. Cr Jago introduced the motion with some minor amendments to the version shown on the agenda paper. The proceedings of Council’s meeting which took place yesterday (23 June 2022) are …

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Review of Canada Bay Local Environmental Plan (LEP)

Council has now agreed to update its Local Environmental Plan (LEP). This major document controls all development across Canada Bay. Council will update it because the previous version from 2013 is now out of date. The key agenda concern for all councillors was to minimise the impact of the NSW state government’s dodgy low rise …

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The NSW government controls planning panels, but renames them “local”

One little thing I discovered this week: the NSW government controlled “IHAPs” (Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels) across Sydney all have now been renamed “Local Planning Panels” – by a direction from the Minister for Local Government. Here we see a great example of Orwellian “doublespeak”, with the panels staffed predominantly by people recruited and …

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