‘People have to live somewhere & it is far preferable to go up, allowing for the preservation of open spaces & transport consolidation than out, resulting in urban sprawl & the entire Sydney basin eventually being covered in squat buildings. It is the peculiarly Australian malady of High Rise Phobia that continues to fuel the urban sprawl that is threatening Mt Gilead & similar places.‘
CAAN: Yes, people do have to live somewhere, and in case it has escaped your notice, Lex, both Sydney and Melbourne have been subjected to high immigration … not just 70,000 per annum of permanent migrants, but during the term of the Howard Government it rose to some 200,000, 300,000 or more with temporary migration of Visa holders!
This population explosion began in the late 1990s of the Howard Government when Middle Class Chinese were invited to invest or buy our real estate to gain ‘Flexible Citizenship’!
And the Ponzi Scheme… the origins of which date back to the 457 Visa being introduced after John Howard took office …
Many on Student Visas were able to bring out family members through a Family Visa, Parent, Grandparent, and Guardian Visa.
The PhD Student Visa, Investor Stream, Significant Investor … and more!
This huge influx particularly from China led to increased competition for our housing … house prices escalated … locking out many young Australians … Black Money was awash in our real estate as the second tranche of the AML Legislation was shelved … then in October 2018 the Morrison Government exempted the Real Estate Gatekeepers from the Anti-Money Laundering Laws!
In January 2019 Scott Morrison announced a cut to migration of some 30,000, but at the same time overlooked that there were some 2.2 Million VISA Holders in Australia!
This Visa manipulation has benefited not only foreign buyers but both the high-rise and urban sprawl developers … in fact a ruling of the FIRB has allowed them to sell ‘new homes’ to foreign buyers! Whole Precincts of high-rise and urban sprawl!
IT would seem that the Australian People have been overruled by developers, doesn’t it?
We have had no say about this whatsoever despite many spending years to try and save our Heritage, Fauna, Flora, Farmlands, villages and suburbs from their greed and destruction!
SO what do you say now, Lex, about ‘High Rise Phobia’ fuelling the urban sprawl?
Search CAAN Website to learn more about …
-Lang Walker, Walker Corporation
-Harry Triguboff, Meriton
-Country Garden (now Risland)
-Wilton, Appin, Mount Gilead
-Foreign Investment Review Board (the FIRB) and much more!
The Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel knocked back the redevelopment proposal for 40-76 William Street by Anprisa Pty Ltd, associated with Edward Doueihi, founder and director of Ceerose.
DESPITE the panel’s rejection, managing director Edward Doueihi confirmed that the company intends to progress the existing design for the project through the Land & Environment Court process. (AKA the Developers Court.)
The potentially unlawful shredding of documents relating to $252 million in grants could finally be the nail in the coffin of New South Wales’ Premier Gladys Berejiklian,
The story so far
A NSW Parliamentary Committee investigating the $252 million Stronger Communities Fund has been told by two senior staff members of the Premier’s office that ‘working notes’ sent between Ms Berejiklian and her senior staff member Sarah Lau with regard to grant allocation, were physically shredded, and then digitally deleted, in what was “not routine practice”.
The revelations have resulted in fresh calls for the Premier to resign, amid concerns her staff may have acted unlawfully in disposing of the papers.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has faced scrutiny recently over her involvement in – or at least wilful blindness in the face of – allegations of corruption by members of her Party.
Just a few weeks ago, NSW residents were polarised over whether the Premier should resign after admitting to a long-term, secret personal relationship with disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire; during which the pair discussed the latter’s questionable business dealings.
Shielded by the mainstream media
The narrative put forth by parts of the mainstream media was that the Premier’s personal life and poor relationship choice should not prevent her from continuing in her position.
The rules pertaining to proper conduct applying to all citizens of this state, as well as less senior politicians, don’t apply when it comes to the NSW premier, according to the suspect actions and excuses of current office-bearer Gladys Berejiklian.
The latest scandal to beset the state’s leader – and perhaps the most damning – involves her signing off on a suite of council grants adding up to $141 million, much of which just happened to be allocated to councils in Coalition-held seats in the lead up to the last election.
Berejiklian is not the only minister to have signed off on the grants in order to “curry favour” within the community.
The $252 million grants rort – 95 percent of which was allocated to Coalition regions – saw deputy premier John Barilaro and a former local government minister giving biased approvals too.
An investigation by the State Archives and Records Authority (the ‘SARA’) has found that the New South Wales Premier’s office broke the law when they shredded documents relating to $252 million in grants.
However, there is no indication any charges will be laid or that the premier or her office will be made legally accountable for their misconduct.
The State Records Act 1998 (NSW) requires public officers to protect and retain a range of records.
(1) Each public office must ensure the safe custody and proper preservation of the State records that it has control of.
(2) A public office must ensure that arrangements under which a State record that it has control of but that is in the possession or custody of some other person include arrangements for the safe keeping, proper preservation and due return of the record.
(3) A public office must take all reasonable steps to recover a State record for which the public office is responsible and that the public office does not have control of, unless the record is under the control of the Authority or of some other person with lawful authority.
Under the government’s formal requirement for ministers’ offices records, and a requirement of the act, “briefing notes or papers maintained in the Premier’s Office” are “required as state archives.”
Section 21 of the Act further requires that a person must not ‘abandon or dispose of a State record’, nor ‘damage or alter a State record.’
The maximum penalty for the offence is a fine of $5,500, which applies to each breach.
The shredded documents are certainly state records for the purposes of the Act.
Moreover, the grant was announced during the Wagga Wagga by-election that was sparked by the resignation of Daryl Maguire over corruption claims; Mr Maguire is, of course, the person with which Ms Berejiklian had a ‘secret relationship’ during that time.
The New South Wales Upper House has referred Premier Glady Berejiklian to the state’s corruption watchdog, which is already investigating the business dealings of her former partner Daryl Maguire.
Conflict of Interest
The motion asserts that the NSW Premier failed to declare a conflict of interest when dealing with road upgrades.
In that regard, there are concerns that Ms Berejiklian met with Mr Maguire about an upgrade to a road more than 100km from his Wagga Wagga electorate, which runs past two investment properties he hoped to use as short-term rental accommodation.
It also alleges the Premier failed to disclose a conflict of interest when planning the M9 Outer Sydney Orbital; a project in relation to which Mr Maguire stood to obtain a financial benefit from.
“Mr Maguire stood to profit from both the upgrade of the Cobb Highway and from knowledge of the M9’s route. He was the premier’s partner at the time,” Labor leader in the Upper House Adam Searle said