NSW Government reforms benefit developers at expense of ratepayers


Planning reforms being proposed by the NSW Government will slash a local tax paid by developers
and shift the cost onto ratepayers.

The tax currently paid by developers on large -scale projects – known as developer contributions – are
used by councils such as the City of Ryde to build vital infrastructure such as new libraries, sporting
facilities, car parks, outdoor spaces as well as community halls and facilities.

But under reforms put forward by the NSW Government, the type of community projects that will be
eligible for funding from developer contribution s will be reduced. In addition, the requirement for
contributions for developments grea ter than $10 million to be paid upfront would be deferred until
projects were completed.

If implemented, the changes will result in an estimated loss of $60 million for the City of Ryde over the
next five years. Combined with seven other northern Sydney c ouncils, the losses will amount to $171
million over five years.

“These reforms will do nothing but line the pockets of developers and shift the real costs of new
infrastructure to mum and dad ratepayers,” C ity of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Lax ale, said.

“Instead of allowing Council’s to tax developers, they want us to tax ratepayers. It’s a disgrace.

“In a growing city like ours, where development is forced upon us, taxing developers is essential to
ensure our infrastructure continues to meet the needs of the community.

“It is only right that developers – who reap huge profits from these developments – pay for new
infrastructure and not ratepayers.

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