Cambridge seeks planning answers
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.