Government Scraps Developer Contribution Reforms: Bayside

Bayside Council has received official confirmation that the NSW Government has abandoned its contentious developer contribution reforms following a concerted campaign by local councils.

“I was delighted to read that the NSW Government has scrapped its proposed developer levy changes,” Mayor Dr Christina Curry said.

“This proposal would have seen Bayside Council short-changed $140M in contributions over the next 15 years if these changes had come into effect.

“Bayside Council has always maintained that developer contributions must be spent where they are raised to ensure new developments are accompanied by appropriate investment in the local area.

“In the lead up to the next State election, I urge Council to remain vigilant, to ensure this scheme is not revisited at a future date by any political party.”

The NSW Government’s proposed Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions) Bill 2021 would have diverted developer contributions into a Treasury-controlled fund, and away from local councils.

Bayside Council, together with other local councils, campaigned against these changes that would have financially crippled councils and left them unable to fund local infrastructure including, roads, libraries, sports fields and playgrounds.

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