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NSW Labor to stop floodplain development if elected  

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With the NSW Liberal-Nationals government still allowing developments on floodplains, NSW Labor candidate Andrew Broadley told The Echo ‘Labor would not allow new housing for anyone to be developed in the floodplain’.

According to Labor leader Chris Minns, (www.chrisminns.com.au/floodplaindevelopment), ‘NSW has experienced an escalating number of major flood events in recent years’. 

‘It’s increasingly clear that we cannot continue to develop and build on dangerous floodplains, and risk putting more people in harm’s way.

‘There are too many government entities responsible for planning, flood recovery and reconstruction, and while all intentions are good, there is often too much buck-passing and a lack of accountability.

‘Other than the Minister for Local Government, there are five separate ministers in the current government with various planning powers.

Streamline responsibility

‘NSW Labor will adopt a proactive approach to planning and mitigating against the impact of floods and charge one minister with the responsibility of stopping further development on dangerous floodplains.

‘Labor’s commitment builds on the recommendations of the O’Kane and Fuller flood report, which called for simplifying the planning system, coordinating with councils and planning authorities, and ensuring flood planning is factored into future planning decisions’.

The Echo sought clarification from the office of Labor leader Chris Minns. The reply, in part was, ‘We will work with all flood-impacted communities in Western Sydney and across NSW, and with the NSW Reconstruction Authority, a new agency championed by the Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin MP,.

The Echo asked Nationals candidate, Josh Booyens, ‘Will the Nats also stop floodplain development? And, ‘In the context of Council’s Mullum “affordable housing” plans, would it be included as well, for example?’

Booyens replied, ‘The Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation has already commenced the process of offering buybacks to relocate those most severely affected by the floods. 

‘But I would agree with [Nats MP] Kevin Hogan that this needs to be faster. No one wants to see more flooded homes. So instead, let’s approach this issue with some common sense, cooperation, and urgency’.

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  1. The question they need to be asked is whether they will stop REdevelopment (REbuilding) in floodplains – or if they only intend to stop development in floodplains not previously developed

  2. Good on you Andrew and NSW Labor for getting serious on this very important initiative; if the good people in the Ballina electorate make up their minds to dump our present ineffective and invisible Greens member and elect Andrew Broadley to be part of a Labor Govt in Sydney, we might finally get some real action in the Ballina electorate.

  3. Can anyone remember how long the Greens and Labor have controlled Shire Councils who have allowed construction of flood plains ?
    It’s not that long ago that development applications over a certain $ amount were transferred to Sydney for adjudication so all blame for anything constructed on the flood plains have to point to Shire Councils .
    How many times will I have to keep reminding you all of the catchment area draining downstream meeting the incoming tide and then flooding out of the river course ?
    Look at the mouth of the rivers and wonder how so much water from the catchment area can drain through that narrow tidal channel


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