Central Coast Council in state parliament today for Independent Planning Commission presentation

MACQUARIE STREET: Mayor Jane Smith accepted an invitation from Scot MacDonald to visit state parliament today to hear how the Independent Planning Commission planned to work with local government. Picture: Supplied
MACQUARIE STREET: Mayor Jane Smith accepted an invitation from Scot MacDonald to visit state parliament today to hear how the Independent Planning Commission planned to work with local government. Picture: Supplied

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald, today welcomed Central Coast mayor Jane Smith and acting CEO Brian Glendenning to NSW Parliament.

“I invited the mayor and acting CEO to attend a presentation by Professor Mary O’Kane, new chair of the Independent Planning Commission (formerly Planning Assessment Commission) to Hunter Councils and Central Coast Council,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Professor O’Kane explained the function of the IPC, how the chair sees the new IPC engaging with regional communities, and how the commission can work more closely with local government.”

This was followed by meetings with the offices of the Minister for Environment, Local Government and Heritage, Minister for Sport, and Minister for Tourism and Major Events.

“The Central Coast Council is one of the largest LGAs in the state and one of the fastest growing,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Its success and sustainable development is critical to its community and the state of NSW. I am determined the NSW Government has the closest possible relationship and it is productive.

“The merger and creation of Central Coast Council has been a demanding, but positive undertaking.

“Its continued success will be ensured with a frank, constructive relationship with the NSW Government and I commend mayor Smith for her advocacy today in Parliament.”

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