Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (13:13): My question is for the Minister for Planning. Last week Mr Hayes’s Planning and Environment Amendment (Local Democracy) Bill 2019 was defeated by a whisker.
I asked the Minister for Planning to review the current comprehensive development plan for Lake Knox to ensure that community needs are incorporated into any development in the area.
This outcome is disappointing as there is a strong indication from the community that planning decisions by government and councils need to be more transparent and accountable. The needs of the community must come first, yet all too often developers are put above local communities.
Lake Knox is a beautiful lake that sustains threatened and endangered species and enables them to thrive—in particular, the blue-billed duck and a range of unique flora. A petition on Change.org to save Lake Knox has seen over 11 500 signatures. The community has spoken, and they do not want Lake Knox to be bulldozed for a wetland.
Will the minister review the current comprehensive development plan and ensure that community needs are incorporated into any development approved for the Lake Knox area?