02 December, 2016

Airly Mine Community Consultative Committee have new Guidelines/CVA representatives Donna Upton and Alex Mateer

Capertee Valley Alliance Inc. submission points (some) have been answered.

Stronger community voice on major projects
  • Date: 15.11.2016
  • Type: Ministerial Media Release
  • Author: The Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning
Communities will have a greater say on major projects through strengthened and more independent advisory committees.

Community Consultative Committees provide a forum for communities and proponents to discuss and resolve issues on new and existing state significant projects.

Changes under new guidelines include that:
  • independent committee chairs will be appointed by the Department of Planning and Environment, without recommendations from project proponents
  • the maximum number of community members will be increased from five to seven
  • committees can be established for any state significant  project, such as mines, wind farms and infrastructure
  • independent chairpersons will be required to prepare an annual report on the CCC’s activities, to be published on the Department’s website
  • committees can be established at any stage during the assessment process to give local communities a greater say on the design of major projects.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the changes will improve the community’s ability to engage with major projects.

“We must ensure the public has confidence in our planning system. Thorough public consultation and independent decisions are integral to instilling confidence,” Mr Stokes said.

“These reforms will make our planning system more responsive to the community’s views.”

Public exhibition of the guideline changes ran for two months, from 18 February to 30 April 2016, and attracted more than 100 public submissions.

The revised guidelines are now published on the Department’s website for public view and will take immediate effect. For more information please visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au/CommunityConsultativeCommittees.

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