Official defends rejection of tower
A SENIOR state government planning bureaucrat says issues with The Star’s controversial Ritz-Carlton Hotel development were identified before the March election.
And, according to the department’s planning and assessment deputy secretary Marcus Ray, the advice did not change.
“The department did not change direction when assessing The Star City Casino Tower proposal,” he said.
“The tower was recommended for refusal because it was isolated, overly prominent, and unrelated to its context within Pyrmont.
“These issues were identified early, and the department did not change its advice before or after the NSW state election.”
The statement comes amid questions over whether the department changed direction after the election. There has also been speculation the rejection of the $500 million tower was part of a secret preelection deal between the government and independent Alex Greenwich, who has spoken against the development.