Mayor calls on Eastlakes Development Approval to be torn up
Published on 01 May 2014
Ben Keneally, Mayor of the City of Botany Bay has called on the State Government to tear up the approval given to Crown International’s redevelopment of Eastlakes Shopping Centre in light of ICAC evidence today.
The Mayor had previously criticised the development approval by the State Government’s Planning Assessment Commission, saying the project did not comply with the State’s Planning Polices nor the Council’s Codes and Policies.
“Today's evidence fundamentally taints the approval that has been given. While I do not allege any wrongdoing by the PAC members, you have here a developer giving an illegal donation of $10,000 directly to the fundraising arm of the Liberal Party - and a development which does not meet the State’s own Planning Policies – being approved on the recommendation of the Department of Planning. To restore confidence in the planning process, this approval needs to be revoked immediately.”
"Revoking the approval will also send a strong message to developers that they take a major risk if they attempt to make secret, illegal donations.
Just as the mining licences tainted by corruption were torn up, this approval, tainted by illegal developer donations should be torn up.
“Premier Baird needs to show he is a real leader. He needs to listen to the voices of our community. He needs to tear up the approval and begin the process again from scratch”, Mayor Keneally concluded.