Critical Letter By Bernadette George - Social Planner
A PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL PLANNER BERNADETTE GEORGE ATTACKS GOVERNMENT AND DEFENDS ACTIVISTS
As a PIA member and past Vic President during the Kennett era, I wish to formally register my concern at the growing tendency by the current Brumby government to increasingly side-step the local government planning process. Given my origins in Qld under the demonstrably corrupt Bjelke Petersen regime and more recent blatantly cosy relationship between the Beattie – Bligh administration and the development industry, I can only observe how much more Victoria is starting to resemble Qld every day, and I am not just talking about global warming.
The ‘P’ issue
1967 Town and Country Planning Board…3 possibilities for future development of Melbourne… balanced periphery growth…. greenbelt with large scale satellites beyond..(metro cities)… linear growth by corridors of metropolitan towns.
The ICAC has released its findings on the Wollongong Council corruption scandal that we first alerted you to in February. This scandal, which has badly affected Wollongong, again featured on Quentin Dempster's ABC TV Stateline program on Friday night. From the attached report from the Australian Financial Review you will notice that the ICAC commissioner Jerrold Cripps recommended that the Minister of Planning Frank Sartor revoke the approval of the controversial development at the centre of the scandal. Frank Sartor is resisting this. We wonder why.
LETTER TO COUNCILS BY VLGA RE STATE TAKEOVER OF PLANNING
LOSS OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS BY COUNCILS ON PLANNING
"Mayors, Councillors and CEOs
WE DO not pretend to understand the political machinations behind Craig Langdon's duplicity on the subject of the Yarra Flats freeway (Letters, 21/5).