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Ferguson ties planning up in more knots instead of delivering promised planning reforms

The Liberal Government has failed to deliver important planning reform that was promised two elections ago with Deputy Premier Michael Ferguson now making the situation even more difficult for development proposals.

Late last week it was revealed that Mr Ferguson had vetoed a proposed change to urban growth boundaries in Clarence at Richardson’s Road.

This will block the construction of much-need new housing while Tasmania remains in the grip of a worsening housing crisis.

Mr Ferguson made his shock move despite a year of public consultation by the Clarence City Council and this is yet another example of this government’s failure on planning reform.

Former Premier Peter Gutwein promised much-needed planning reform would be complete by 2017, but five years later there is still no sign of a promised Statewide Planning Scheme.

That means development is being held back, red tape is increasing and Tasmania’s planning scheme is becoming more and more complex.

The Liberals promised faster, simpler and cheaper planning but, as to be expected, under the Rockliff-Ferguson Government, failed reform is holding back housing development.

Mr Ferguson, himself a failed former Housing Minister, is doing nothing to help solve the housing crisis and is making matters worse by holding back urgent development.

Anita Dow MP  
Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government