NSW Planning Minister Sartor dumped

NSW Planning Minister Frank Sartor has been dumped from the new Premier’s Cabinet.

Recently sworn-in NSW premier, Nathan Rees is set to finalise his frontbench today.

Speaking to the ABC, Mr Sartor expressed disappointment that he was not named in the Premier’s new line-up and labelled the decision ‘a mistake’.

"Nathan Rees is as captive to the factions as his predecessor Morris Iemma," he said.

NSW local government have clashed with the outgoing minister several times over his changes to NSW planning laws and expressed no disappointment at his departure.

"Things were very strained between the minister and Local Government," she said.

"We won’t be sorry that we don’t have to deal with the Planning Minister [Frank Sartor] any more," she said.

Ms McCaffery criticised the recent planning law changes as developer-driven and said they sacrifice the rights of local communities.

"We felt that we weren’t listened to and the changes that were made to the planning law really were quite dismissive."

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