New South Wales Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes
Review Commences Of Independent Planning Commission
Victor P Taffa
State’s Independent Planning Commission (IPC) will be put under the spotlight to ensure confidence in the speed, quality and impartiality of decision-making on major projects.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said a two-month review of the IPC will be conducted by New South Wales Commissioner for Productivity Peter Achterstraat AM who will make recommendations to Government about the IPC’s purpose and structure.
“New South Wales is open for business and while we need a referee for some planning decisions, every referee needs a health check from time to time.” Minister Stokes said.
“Independent expert decision-making has been a fundamental part of our reforms to the New South Wales planning system to ensure transparency and prevent corruption, and while their answer’s not always going to be yes, the answer does need to be quick, clear and clean.”
“This review is an opportunity to reflect on how we can better serve communities where major projects are proposed and provide clearer processes for investors at the same time.”
“We are fortunate to have someone of the calibre of Professor Mary O’Kane AC as chair of the IPC, and I’m delighted she has welcomed the opportunity to reflect on the Commission’s purpose and processes.” Minister Stokes said.
Mr. Achterstraat is the former Auditor General of New South Wales and a former Deputy Commissioner of Taxation with more than 30 years’ experience in finance and governance. He is also the President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Minister Stokes announced a review of the IPC would be undertaken following an administrative error by the body in its decision to approve Rix’s Creek South Mine earlier this month.
Review is due to be provided to the Minister in December.