Planning laws

Better Planning Forum at Parliament House on 20 May

Hot on the heels of the ultra radical, developer friendly planning laws, the Better Planning Network has organised a forum in the NSW Parliament Theatrette in Sydney on Monday 20 March 2013 starting at 10 am.

The forum will ignite discussion and debate about the wider implications of these reforms on agricultural land and food sources, our State’s natural and social environment and our heritage, and it will explore whether community involvement in the planning process can actually be achieved by the Government’s proposals.

Quentin Dempster from the ABC 7.30 NSW will host the forum.

The Better Planning Network has 380 affiliated community groups and represents a larger active membership than the major political parties.

Interested members of the public with the opportunity to gain insight and expert analysis of the NSW Government’s proposals through a forum that includes speakers and panelists ranging from government representatives to legal, social, environmental, heritage and rural planning experts.

The forum will be opened by Brad Hazzard MP, Minister for Planning and Infrastructure. It will be co-hosted by Luke Foley MLC, Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure; The Rev.Fred Nile, MLC, Parliamentary Leader Christian Democratic Party, Mr David Shoebridge, MLC, Greens NSW Spokesperson for Planning; and Mr Alex Greenwich, MP, Independent Member for Sydney.

The speakers will include:

  • Marcus Ray – a Department Of Planning & Infrastructure (DOPI) Executive
  • John Mant – town planner and critic of corrupt planning processes in NSW
  • Dr Wendy Sarkissian – planner specialising in social planning, housing density and community engagement.

Panelists will include:

  • Ian Sinclair –Town planner specialising in rural planning.
  • Dr Nicole Gurran – Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney
  • James Ryan –member of the Executive of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW
  • David Logan – member of the Heritage Committee of the Australian Institute of Architects.
  • Van Le – Sydney-based business consultant and strategist.

For further information about the Better Planning Network and the Forum visit or email

To arrange an interview with one of the forum speakers contact: Kylie Bryden-Smith, phone: 0407 102 704

Cost is $10.50 and you can register using the Better Planning Forum registration form.

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