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Commonwealth to knock down the ACT planning powers?

By johnboy 30 October 2008 6

The ABC brings word that the Government is planning to end NCA/ACT Government planning disputes:

    “Mr Debus says the Government is committed to the NCA, but its role needs to be defined more clearly.

    “What we do want to ensure above all is that we never again have these conflicts between the NCA and the government of the ACT over questions of planning.””

When a former NSW heavy hitter like Debus speaks of avoiding future conflicts he’s rarely talking about handing the powers back to the other side.

With the Labor party losing easy access to lucrative planning powers (more Assembly oversight if not a loss of Government) you have to wonder if this timing is coincidental.

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Dante 10:40 pm 30 Oct 08

I know how there can be no further conflicts between the NCA and the ACT Government!

1) Abolish the NCA.
2) Return the ACT back to Commonwealth Government control.


ant 10:18 pm 30 Oct 08

Remember who caused the debacle out at the airport: the Commonwealth. Our local gov’t was left to carry the can, mop up the mess and pay out squillions. That road flowed fine before the flogged the airport to a private owner who was not subject to any planning laws.

54-11 5:36 pm 30 Oct 08

Neither ACTPLA (nor the old PALM) or NCA are innocent in the planning wars that have been going on for many years. The NCA made some arbitrary decisions, just to piss off the ACT govt, for example the rehabilitation of rural communities after the bushfires.

ACTPLA have deliberately provoked the Feds every opportunity when the two govts were of different persuasions.

I think the better solution is to work toward having a single planning instrument, and some way in which the two bodies work collaboratively on issues that affect national land.

I also believe that, contrary to Yeah above, that the NCA sphere of influence should be reduced but that’s its powers over that reduced area need to be bolstered.

The really stupid thing is that what Canberrans want is completely immaterial – it comes down to turf-protection and who is able to wield the most power. Soundly-based planning decisions, based on proper evidence, will never be paramount to either side.

New Yeah 5:06 pm 30 Oct 08

I would like to see that happen.

johnboy 5:00 pm 30 Oct 08

I’m just guessing, but you’ll probably see a return of funding for the planning bit at least.

New Yeah 4:59 pm 30 Oct 08

The ABC article and JB’s comments leave me a bit confused – remove NCA funding but let it continue to plan, and even expand its planning powers?

I for one will not groan too loudly if the NCA doesn’t give away it’s planning powers to the ACT. Infact, I think it should have more powers and cover a greater area of Canberra.

I always get a bit nostalgic when I see an old NCDC sign from the ’80s, rusting away on the side of some once-designated paddock in the Canberra suburbs, far far away from the what is now the only centrally controlled part of Canberra, the leafy parklands, monuments and terraces around the LBG.

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