THE DEVELOPERS WILL JUST KEEP COMING AND COMING LIKE ARMIES OF ORKS … WITH THE TRANSPORT ADMINISTRATION AMENDMENT (SYDNEY METRO) BILL 2018 …
The legislation has had its first reading in the Upper House – and will need to pass before it becomes law.
Copied below what appear to be the most horrid parts (acquisition, Board of Directors etc) from the Minister’s speech to the Upper House.
The link is a direct link to the Hansard full speech.
It will no doubt be ‘jobs for the mates’ and/or government/developer/policically friendly stacked.
The very last bit ‘draft corporate plans will be subject to public consultation’ is laughable.
They know full well that they must ‘take account of any public submissions’ but they don’t have to change it, they simply have to ‘consider’ our views ……
“The developers just keep coming. And coming. And coming.
Like armies of Orks marching out of Mt Doom and destroying everything and everyone in their path.”
What can you do when the Developer, the culprit, is our very own State Government?
What can you do when the State sets up a Quango as a Development Corporation to ravage our suburbs?
A quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation – an arms-length body funded by government departments but not run by them. They are given power and paid for by government departments and government legislation.
READ THE ‘WEASEL WORDS’ AND DEMAND AN ANSWER FROM MINISTER CONSTANCE AND YOUR LOCAL STATE MP AS TO WHY THEY VOTED FOR THE LEGISLATION!!
They voted for it! The LNP at their very worst ……
TRANSPORT ADMINISTRATION AMENDMENT (SYDNEY METRO) BILL 2018
“Turning to the bill, schedule 1 amends the Transport Administration Act 1988 to establish Sydney Metro as a standalone statutory corporation, which is a New South Wales Government agency—I reiterate that it is a New South Wales Government agency.
Clause 38A of the bill sets out the principal objectives of Sydney Metro being the delivery of safe and reliable metro passenger services in an efficient, effective and financially responsible manner and to facilitate and carry out the orderly and efficient revitalisation of land in the locality of metro stations, depots and stabling yards. Under clause 38B of the bill, Sydney Metro will be enabled to design, construct, develop and operate metro passenger services.
It will also be expressly authorised to assist relevant planning and transport authorities in preparing strategic and other plans for the revitalisation of precincts in the locality of the metro.”
“Sydney Metro will be authorised to carry out, finance, manage and otherwise participate in residential, retail, commercial, industrial, mixed-use development, community, open space and recreational facilities on land in the locality of metro stations, depots and stabling yards. This will ensure the Sydney metro system is fully integrated into, and forms part of, local communities, providing maximum opportunities for people to work, rest and play close to home,..”
“The bill also contains provisions to ensure Sydney Metro remains under the control of government in future. Clause 38B (3) ensures that whilst Sydney Metro can acquire, build and dispose of metro assets,”
“Sydney Metro will continue to act in accordance with the new whole-of-government acquisition standards developed by the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation and the supporting guidelines and procedures developed by the Centre for Property Acquisition.
Clause 38D of the bill authorises Sydney Metro to additionally acquire land by agreement with owners in the locality of a metro station, depot or stabling yard where it is needed for the purposes of carrying out, financing, managing or otherwise participating in residential, retail, commercial, industrial, mixed use development, …….”
“Where land is required in order to build Sydney Metro and its associated transport infrastructure, it may be necessary for Sydney Metro to acquire privately owned land.”
As with all major infrastructure projects, compulsory acquisition remains a necessary part of development. Appropriately, Sydney Metro will have the same compulsory acquisition powers as Transport for NSW in relation to the transport infrastructure component of the metro. This means that Sydney Metro may, for the purposes of exercising its curtained Transport related functions, acquire land by compulsory process in accordance with the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991.”
“Clause 38G provides that the board will be specifically responsible for determining Sydney Metro’s policies and ensuring that the organisation performs its functions properly and efficiently. The bill includes appropriate governance arrangements for the constitution and procedures of the Sydney Metro Board. These will be set out in schedule 2B of the Transport Administration Act 1988.
Consistent with best practice governance arrangements, board directors will be required to make pecuniary interest disclosures so that any conflicts of interest can be appropriately managed.”
“To ensure the community has an opportunity to have its say, draft corporate plans will be subject to public consultation. Clause 38L requires Sydney Metro to take account of any public submissions made in response to a draft before it is finalised. Once adopted, Sydney Metro will be required to exercise its functions in accordance with its corporate plan. Importantly, the Sydney Metro Board will also be able to set up advisory committees to help inform its decision-making.”