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All state candidates have replied to detailed yes or no questions regarding local planning issues except Ben Franklin (Nationals).

Community Alliance For Byron Shire (CABS) is a ‘collection of Byron Shire groups who want community and environment put first in planning considerations’.

Its president Matthew O’Reilly asked all six candidates – among other questions – whether they support reviewing and amending NSW Planning legislation ‘to genuinely return planning powers to local communities by reinstating local government as the principal planning and approval authority’.

Another question was ‘Would you commit to the Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW at the State level to meet the community’s commitment to Ecologically Sustainable Development planning?’

All candidates were generally supportive of such measures. Franklin was contacted by The Echo over the survey but no reply was received by deadline.

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  1. While the others were conducting surveys Ben Franklin was out amongst the people everyday listning to the community loud and clear. Surveys are a cheap way of finding out what people want. This is just my opinion but here in Ballina and Lennox Head he has been working very hard.

  2. I live in Ballina Ben Franklin has been out working hard for the seat of Ballina how cares about surveys the greens have done nothing for the seat of Ballina


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