Authority procrastinates over land use: Lambley

p1845lambleyrobynBy ERWIN CHLANDA

 

The Development Consent Authority needs to get its act together, says MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley (pictured).

 

She was commenting on the long running dispute over a farm area block zoned for rural living as an industrial site for a plumbing business.

 

Says Ms Lambley: “Mr Ross Copland first approached me as his local Member of Parliament in early 2013 with concerns that his rural neighbours were violating the Planning Act.

 

“I made representation on Mr Copland’s behalf to the Minister for Lands, Planning and Environment (LPE) requesting that Mr Copland’s concerns be investigated.

 

“At the time we were assured by the Ministers Office that an investigation was underway. After three years we assumed the matter had been resolved, one way or another,” says Ms Lambley.

 

“It is my role as a local MP to represent my constituents. I am not in a position to judge what is right or wrong in these complex zoning matters.

 

“It is the Development Consent Authority appointed by the Minster for LPE, that is charged with this responsibility, to make difficult determinations around zoning and interpretation of the Planning Act.

 

“Members of the DCA are rather handsomely remunerated for their work. It is important that they do their job and make these tough decisions in a timely matter.

 

“People should not be left waiting and wondering for years. Mr Copland is not the only Araluen resident we are aware of who has a long outstanding matter before the DCA.”

 

 

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  1. Steve
    Posted March 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Just how much are these people being paid?

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  2. Mike Johs
    Posted March 5, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    You tell DCA to hurry up yet it’s taken til now for you to follow it up.
    Sorry, forgot you can now you have time to do your job as you can’t reach to stab anyone in the back which has taken up so much of your time.

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