IN another blow to local democracy, the Berejiklian State Liberal Government has stripped every council's ability to make local planning decisions, replacing it with their own appointed "Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels" (IHAPs) to determine all development applications between the value of $5 million to $30 million (typically unit developments).
RECENTLY, I saw Canterbury v Souths on television; Souths 28, Canterbury 14.
PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian has further dented her badly battered reputation by back-flipping on council amalgamations in blue ribbon Liberal areas.
MATTHEW Bannerman's letter (Torch, August 2), highlights the rampant development that is occurring in the Canterbury Bankstown area.
BORN and bred in Greenacre and after having worked hard for the local community for nearly 50 years and not happy with councillor decisions in the past, I was going to stand for a seat on Canterbury Bankstown Council as an Independent.
IF ever the principle of inequality the Liberals so entrench were on display, the latest decision to let the rich end of town keep their councils and the poorer "Westies" get lumped with an amalgamated council, is it.
IT'S great news that we may be keeping our Aviation Museum in Bankstown, which I read in last week's Torch as we need at least one museum here, but I am concerned about plans regarding the Powerhouse Museum.
AS a frequent visitor to Bankstown, I am appalled at the unhygienic state of the pavements and open areas.
HAS anyone else noticed that every time there is an looming election, that we see both of the two "Glens" – East Hills MP Glenn Brookes and the former Bankstown Liberal Cr Glen Waud unashamedly announcing or re-announcing the construction of lifts at Panania train station as well as a charity car show at Kelso Park in Panania? Call me cynical, but is the timing purely co-incidental or a very cheap political ploy to raise their political profile, in this case before the forthcoming Canterbury-Bankstown Council election.
IN June, the NSW Government handed down the biggest budget for regional NSW in the State's history.