Matthew O’Reilly, Saddle Road
A little more than ten years ago I was the Northern Territory delegate to the Australian Greens national conference. At that conference it was the NSW Greens who railed against the involvement and influence of property developers in political decision making.
The Australian Greens’ policy was subsequently amended to forbid the Greens accepting political donations from property developers.The influence of property developers in NSW politics has been brought clearly into focus over the past decade with ICAC investigations into both Labour, Liberal and National Party members and their associations with property developers.
A property developer by any other name is still a property developer. What they have in common is that they make massive profits from the rezoning of rural land to residential land or the approval of development applications for subdivisions.
In both cases it is local NSW councils who are the primary decision makers relating to both zoning changes and development approvals.
If you wash away the rainbows and sparkles from the Bruns Eco Village development you still have a property developer who bought farmland for $1.2 million and is seeking to rezone that farmland to village zoning and then on sell the re-zoned land for $8 million just a few short years later.