Premier Brumby recently announced he is by-passing planning laws and increasing Planning Minister Madden's powers to fast track the building of hundreds of apartment complexes and school extensions in our suburbs without the need for council planning permits.
He has already legislated to remove residents' rights to object and appeal against such projects.
This announcement follows his proposals to change Victoria's Planning Act. and the imposition of GOVERNMENT APPOINTED Development Assessment Committees upon our councils to take over planning in Activity Centres, as well as introducing new residential zones which will convert much of Melbourne's suburbs into three or four storey areas.The DAC legislation was thrown out in the legislative council and minister Madden petulantly responded by saying he wll appoint himself as the relevant planning authority (instead of our councils).
Premier Brumby has already increased the Planning Ministers powers to "call in" projects which means that the Minister has total planning authority over the called in project. And this is the Minister who did not know that branch stacking and corrupt practices in BRIMBANK eminated from his office. We don't think he could run a temperature let alone manage complex planning matters.
If he can't manage his local electoral office properly how can he be expected to manage the very large Department of Planning.
It is clear that this government is determined to take over planning power from councils to appease the development industry to enable it to make favourable decisions without the proper checks and balances
POWER CORRUPTS, ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY.
Where will it end we ask?
Councillors across Melbourne & in regional areas have reacted quickly to this latest announcement and formed a Coalition of Concerned Councillors (CCC) to campaign against this interference in their rightful and democratic planning activities.
RESTORE RESIDENTS RIGHTS
A RALLY on the steps of parliament (10th June) was well attended by councillors and community groups from across Melbourne and country Victoria. A resolution demanding restoration of resident's rights was passed unanimously and we hope to have it tabled in parliament shortly.
THIS IS JUST THE START - WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED.