Have Your Say on What Happens in Your Neighbourhood

Knowing what’s happening in your neighbourhood and having your say on new government policies and decisions affecting the environment will be only a few clicks away with a new website developed by the environmental law centre EDO NSW.

3 December 2013

The Have Your Say site http://www.edonsw.org.au/hys_have_your_say_now maps applications for major developments and explains how and when the community can comment on NSW and Federal government planning and policy proposals.

“For the first time EDO NSW, with the assistance of the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust, has brought together all the information you need to effectively engage with decision-makers to achieve better outcomes for the environment,” said EDO NSW executive director Jeff Smith.

Projects and policies currently on the site and open for public comment are;
 Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail
 Draft Code of Practice for Land Access for Coal Seam Gas and petroleum exploration
 Aboriginal Cultural Heritage reform
 Barangaroo Remediation and land forming works
 Review of weeds management in NSW
 Clyde - the conversion of the Shell refinery to a fuel import terminal
 Wahroonga - Wahroonga Estate Concept Plan
 Maitland - The Thornton North (Stage 1) Urban Release Area near Maitland,
 Morisset - the expansion of the Mandalong coal mine
 Narrabri - Dewhurst Gas Exploration Pilot Expansion,
 Byron Bay - the West Byron Bay Urban release area,
 Wollongong - Sandon Point Residential Development
 Nowra - Bomaderry Creek Regional Park - draft plan of management

Users of the site can also access simple and concise summaries of the latest policy and planning information on topics of interest such as; climate change, coastal and marine, farming, forestry, mining, pollution, native plants and animals or water management.

Local communities can even use the site to request a workshop on specific issues by EDO NSW’s expert legal staff.

EDO NSW also puts out a weekly bulletin http://www.edonsw.org.au/ebulletin with the latest updates on major projects and policies in NSW.

Have Your Say is the latest instalment in EDO NSW’s popular set of community guides on planning and environment matters which includes; “Mining Law in NSW: A guide for the community” and “Rural Landholder's Guide To Environmental Law In New South Wales”.

“The Have Your Say site shows how the planning system works and how you can have an influence on developments and government policies which will affect your local neighbourhood and the environment,” said Mr Smith.

“It has useful information for all of us – residents, community groups, farmers, landholders and students - to help steer our way through NSW environmental and planning laws”.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: jon.walter@edonsw.org.au or (02) 90173906