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Port Stephens forum addresses ‘betrayal of public trust’

A public community forum has called for an open, corruption free planning system for NSW and Port Stephens.

The NSW Better Planning Network, EcoNetwork-Port Stephens and the Tomaree Ratepayers and Residents Association convened the forum, held at the Tomaree Community Centre on 12 November.

In a motion “Addressing betrayal of public trust”, the packed forum called for:

– An open, accessible, transparent, accountable and corruption-free planning system for NSW and Port Stephens.

– The community at large, including community leaders, to unite and commit to such a system by signing the Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW.

In a second motion, the forum welcomed the Planning for People-Community Charter and called for a broad campaign for participating groups to promote the Charter to community groupings and councillors across Port Stephens and Great Lakes council areas.

Speakers were: Tony Brown (Newcastle Community Drug Action Team), Kate Washington (Labor candidate for Port Stephens), James Ryan (Greens Upper-House candidate), and Professor Howard Dick (on governance, corruption and ethics).