State Plan is 'Sydney-centric'

THE NSW State Plan is too Sydney-centric and does not address many of the needs of the Northern Rivers, community leaders told senior state ministers on Monday night.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell, who attended the meeting, told The Northern Star the consensus among the 100-odd people gathered was that the lack of public transport was the biggest issue facing the North Coast.

The meeting was part of a series of community consultations being held across the State as the Government reviews the state development plan launched in 2006.

Police, Rural Affairs and Lands Minister Tony Kelly, Juvenile Justice and Youth Minister Graham West, and Roads Minister Michael Daley attended the meeting to hear community feedback.

It was also addressed by Premier Nathan Rees via video hook-up. Cr Dowell said the meeting told the ministers the lack of public transport was a barrier to better health care and education.

She said the issues of land use - both for industry and agriculture - pressures from population growth and environmental protection were also raised by many participants at the meeting.

“Many times in consultations you are spoken at, but I think they (the ministers) were listening,” Cr Dowell said.

A final version of the State Plan, which will guide the NSW Government over the next three to four years, is expected to be released later this year. To have your say, visit www.nswstateplan. net.au



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