Cam­bridge seeks plan­ning an­swers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

THE Town of Cam­bridge will seek an­swers in State Par­lia­ment from the Plan­ning Min­is­ter about Amend­ment 31 and ad­di­tional le­gal ad­vice.

Coun­cil­lor Cor­rine McRae moved a mo­tion to re­quest the Op­po­si­tion spokes­woman for Plan­ning to ask ques­tions in Par­lia­ment of the Min­is­ter for Plan­ning to de­ter­mine the ba­sis be­hind the changes made by the pre­vi­ous min­is­ter for plan­ning to Amend­ment 31”, which was sup­ported by the ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors.

Only Cr Rod Bradley voted against it.

Mayor Keri Shan­non said con­tact with Op­po­si­tion Plan­ning spokes­woman Rita Saf­fi­oti had been made.

“We have con­tacted her of­fice but haven't ar­ranged a suit­able ap­point­ment as yet,” she said.

Ms Saf­fi­oti’s me­dia ad­viser said she had no com­ment at this stage.

The Town had al­ready re­ceived le­gal ad­vice on the pow­ers of the Plan­ning Min­is­ter to di­rect mod­i­fi­ca­tions to a scheme amend­ment and in re­sponse to that ad­vice, the Town will ob­tain the ad­vice of a se­nior coun­sel to con­firm if there is a rea­son­able ba­sis to chal­lenge the Min­is­ter's de­ter­mi­na­tion.

If so, the town will write to cur­rent Plan­ning Min­is­ter Donna Faragher to ask her to re­make the de­ci­sion.

Ms Faragher told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly in April “the for­mer min­is­ter’s de­ci­sion is fi­nal and there is no scope for change”.

She said af­ter the al­tered amend­ment is ad­ver­tised, she would con­sider the orig­i­nal pro­posal to­gether with the ad­ver­tised mod­i­fi­ca­tions and all sub­mis­sions re­ceived, be­fore mak­ing a fi­nal de­ci­sion.

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