Community infrastructure under threat: NSW LGSA

By Staff Writer

Councils have warned that essential infrastructure is under threat as a result of the New South Wales Government’s cap on development contributions.

At least 29 councils across the state have given notice to the Department of Planning that they will be unable to provide essential community infrastructure if they are forced to comply with the $20,000 cap on development contributions.

The Local Government and Shires Associations have called on the NSW Government consider applications exceeding the cap.

Shires Association president Cr Bruce Miller said the cap would create a major shortfall in funding that would threaten long-term projects.

“It can take years to gather the contributions needed to fund big infrastructure projects like a road link or a new aquatic centre to service new communities,” Cr Miller said.

“With future contributions in doubt many long term projects that communities are relying upon could be in a serious amount of trouble.”

He warned that it would also weaken the sector’s ability to work with State and Federal Government to provide employment opportunities and affordable housing.

“This is one area where the State Government needs to meet us half way,” he said.

“We simply cannot afford to sacrifice the long-term future of our communities.”

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