Shadow Minister for Local Government, Peter Primrose and State Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp today called on the Government to implement laws to stop property developers and real estate agents from being on their local council.
Mr Primrose introduced the Local Government Amendment (Disqualification from Civic Office) Bill 2017 earlier this year. It disqualifies property developers and real estate agents from holding the office of councillor or mayor of a local council.
The Bill is part of NSW Labor’s plan to stamp out corruption or the perception of corruption in local government decision making.
NSW Labor has three-point plan for local government reform, which includes:
Banning property developers and real estate agents from holding office at the local government level;
A cap on political donations and campaign spending during council elections; and
- Popularly elected mayors for four years to end horse-trading between parties for the position and
give local communities a say.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Local Government, Peter Primrose
“This Bill is an opportunity for the Parliament to draw a line under the corruption and perceptions of corruption that have bedevilled local government in this state for decades.
“Tinkering with planning laws is not enough as long as developers and real estate agents can still be involved in the decision-making on councils.
“The NSW Liberals and Nationals have a choice. They can join with the NSW Labor Opposition, show that they have learned the same hard lessons that we have, and put an end to this corruption in local councils once and for all.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp
“Under the current Government, Newcastle has been primed for development. With the Local Council elections coming up later this year, we need to ensure that those making the decisions are considering the best outcomes for the city, not their bottom line.”
”Newcastle was at the forefront of dodgy developers and brown paper bags. This legislation is vital to ensure nothing like this ever occurs again.”