Growth versus green on Sydney’s fringes

16 12 2007

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

New housing developments on the outskirts of Sydney will not be subject to environmental laws that protect endangered plants and animals, in the latest move by the State Government to fast-track building in the north-western and south-western growth centres. The Government has assessed the environmental value of the two areas, where up to 181,000 homes will be built, at the regional planning stage rather than assessing threatened species on individual housing developments. At the same time, it has committed $530 million to protect 3800 hectares of native bush in Sydney’s west.

The decision has delighted developers, who say it will speed up planning decisions and make homes more affordable, but dismayed environmentalists, who see it as little more than government greenwash.

More here.

 

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