NSWBC - July Policy WIP

Roundtable on potential changes to Environmental Planning and Assessment Act

Together with representatives across the property sector and councils NSWBC attended a roundtable discussion on potential changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 o that would see all development decisions of councils above a threshold of $10 million would be referred to an Independent panel. NSWBC expressed support for this initiative as both an anticorruption measure and as a means to ensure assessment of projects is undertaken by professionals. The Chamber indicated that initially such a change should be tested in metropolitan and larger regional councils as a means to refine the process further.

Fostering Innovation Precincts

NSWBC attended a forum held by the NSW Department of Industry’s Innovation council to discuss how best to foster innovation districts. The forum was a good opportunity to discuss some of the findings of two of the Chamber’s previous Thinking Business projects on Industry Research Collaboration and Imagine Sydney (which focussed on innovative districts within Sydney) 

Business Liaison Program

NSWBC attended the meeting with the RBA to discuss general business conditions as part of the RBA’s ongoing business liaison program. NSWBC gave an update on the outlook for businesses, business conditions over the previous financial year and the issues affecting our members in NSW. This included issues such as payroll tax, stamp duty, the effects of the recent extreme weather events in Northern NSW and rising energy costs.

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