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Bad development awards - any where you live?
Webdiary has done a bit of work on bad and allegedly corruptly procured development over the years. This is an issue that brings people together now matter who they vote for. for example, Webdiarist Kevin Rozzoli, who I made the Sydney Morning Herald's online's development and planning commentator for our groundbreaking Grassroots 2003 NSW election site, is a former deputy leader of the NSW Liberal Party, Speaker of the lower house, and shadow minister for local government, planning and environment. I loved this Rozzoli quote:
At the end of the line the people who are basically concerned with environmental planning outcomes are members of the general community. The developer does his development and takes his money and runs, and moves on to the next development. The poor people in the community who live next door to the development are there suffering long after the developer has gone.
Here's the Webdiary archive of 2002/3. Nothing's changed since except State governments, funded big time by developer donations, are taking over development approvals more and more from councils - to the advantage of developers, of course.
Take a stand! (August 22)
The devil in development (January 15)
Here's an email I got yesterday from the NSW Greens. Unfortunately, it's open to NSW developments only, but feel free to tell us about your pet development hate where you live.
The Greens annual
It´s not all bad though. Awards also go to ecologically-sound developments, community campaigns and Councils that are working to create sustainable communities.
Nominations are now open for:
The "Golden Toaster" Award for Crimes Against Amenity
The worst residential development
The worst industrial development
The most environmentally destructive development
The worst Council
The most insidious industry group lobbying effort
The best Council
The best community campaign
The best journalistic coverage of planning issues