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NSW government proposes film production extensions

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Proposed changes by the NSW government to extend the number of days (past 30) for filming as an exempt development has caused alarm for many local residents who have been affected by filming activity in recent months.

The NSW government changes are part of wider reforms aimed at ‘Bringing fun back to NSW’.

Other changes include ‘a complying development pathway to allow a change of use of retail premises to small live music or arts venues, including developments standards, and amendments to the Building Code of Australia’.

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Submissions regarding changes to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 close on November 22. The policy can be viewed at www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/the-fun-SEPP.

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  1. Proposed new “Fun SEPPS” will be great fun for film companies and absent landlords hosting them reaping multi million and million dollar profits respectively. It might be fun for people watching their films in the peace and quiet of their homes miles and miles away. However any NSW community finding a film company landing next door or in close proximity to their home will balance the books and pay the price. The damage to person property and the environment may be immeasurable and irrevocable. The laws applicable to residents no longer apply to companies, corporations and developers. As for depreciation of the value of your home beware. Blame the NSW government and your neighbour who inflicts it on you not the company who exploits the opportunity. Don’t look to Councils who have been stripped of most of their powers by the NSW government.


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