Environmental Planning, Consultation and Transparency
are integral topics regarding contraversial issues in the Illawarra
Such topics can include a lack of:
- stringent environmental assessments for major
- genuine notification and involvement for those
who will be affected by proposals, along with
- genuine provision of information and eventual
real understanding as to the decision making process.
An example relates to the fact that although Wollongong
Airport has been advertised as undertaking a major transformation
council have consistently avoided environmental impact statements
(EIS) along with genuine notification procedures even for those
who reside in the unacceptable noise zone.
Although EIS procedures and a Commission of inquiry occurred for
the proposed Marina located in Shellharbour its relevant council
recently amended the proposal leading to community members to content
that the changes are so significantly different to the original
design that there is a necessity to undertake a new application
and environmental assessment procedures.
In many cases the state government is involved in such issues as
the eventual decision making body. Many community members have also
submitted requests for investigations into contraversial issues
with state government Minsters and departments as well as the independent
commission against corruption (ICAC) in the hope that matters of
concern will be solved.
Federal governments also play a part regarding such issues either
as a financial support or a regulator. Wollongong Airport is a prime
In many cases, such as Sandon Point, the issues are so complex that
time and understanding are needed prior to discussing problems.
The aim of the conference is to bring together people from a diversity
of areas and issues of concern in order to discuss facts, analyse
problems, and offer possible solutions.
Futher information regarding issues within the community can be
found at www.epaust.info/index.html. The issues and links page will
be added to during the next week.