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Leda requests transparency

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I noted that your reporter was not present at Council’s Community Access last week. Had you been, you may have given second thoughts to your publication yesterday of the letter from Menkit Prince, under the heading Big Brother Leda.

Its author distinguishes herself amongst your regular scribblers in her particular unconcern for the facts, shown again in her latest contribution.

In addressing Councillors I did not seek to persuade them to release the names of submitters, but simply drew their attention to the relevant legislation concerned with public access to government information.

Secondly, the current application by Leda is to Council – it has nothing to do with the Department of Planning.

And, thirdly, it is not about Kings Forest.

Further, our application in no way contemplates litigation – there has never been even the threat of such action related to any of the literally thousands of submissions that have been made, over many years, in connection with our various projects. Finally, it is not our intention to silence anyone. There would, in any event, be no basis upon which that could be achieved.

We are concerned only that the intent and provisions of the regulations governing public access to government information are properly considered by council, and that those who choose to enter the public arena by way of correspondence or submissions remain accountable for their part in the transparency that doing so requires.

Reg van Rij, Regional Manager – Residential, Leda Developments Pty Ltd

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