Get the facts straight

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Saturday Extra -

I was dis­ap­pointed to read the opin­ion piece in which Ur­ban Task­force Aus­tralia CEO Chris John­son claimed “coun­cils such as Can­ter­bury-Bankstown can take an aver­age of 600 days to de­ter­mine projects over $30 mil­lion” (“Let’s be a true world city”, 8/11).

This is a bla­tant mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the facts. Un­for­tu­nately, they were then re­peated on ra­dio 2GB with­out any checks be­ing made.

More than 1500 DAs were as­sessed and de­ter­mined by Can­ter­bury-Bankstown in 2017-18 for projects worth a to­tal of $1.25 bil­lion — with a me­dian gross pro­cess­ing time of just 40 days (in­de­pen­dently au­dited by the Depart­ment of Plan­ning). This is one of the fastest in NSW.

That fig­ure would be even bet­ter only for one which took 614 days due to that de­vel­oper tak­ing hun­dreds of days to pro­vide the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion.

In fu­ture, we would wel­come the prospect of a bal­anced dis­cus­sion, so the wider com­mu­nity is ac­cu­rately in­formed, not ma­nip­u­lated. Khal As­four, Can­ter­buryBankstown Mayor

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