Get the facts straight
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