South Australia is our backyard: Community views of the new planning system

A public forum hosted by the Community Alliance SA

Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 7pm, Burnside Town Hall

The Government’s planning reforms will change the way our State, city, suburbs, neighbourhoods and backyards are planned and developed.  To encourage wider public debate on these important issues, Community Alliance SA held a public forum with:

Introduction by Dr Iris Iwanicki, planner and past President of Planning Institute of Australia

MC Mike Smithson, Seven News political reporter

Speakers – John Rau, Minister for Planning, Steven Griffiths, Shadow Minister for Planning + Local Government + Regional Development, Mark Parnell, Greens Member of the Legislative Council.

Q&A Session – Members of the public were invited to submit questions for a Q&A panel representing community viewpoints:  Carolyn Wigg, Community Alliance SA; Craig Wilkins, Conservation Council SA; Kevin O’Leary, Urban planner and commentator; Dr Darren Peacock, National Trust SA.

Around 300Audience at the forum people almost filled the hall, including members of the public and groups within the Community Alliance SA, representatives of other organisations, politicians and elected council members from the City, country and regions.  Placards around the hall helped to generate a feeling of community engagement and vibrancy at the forum and provided a great atmosphere.

At the end of the forum, the Community Alliance SA proposed a resolution in the form of a “communiqué” that summed up the community’s views and our representative Carolyn Wigg asked the forum whether it would adopt this:

“The community forum rejects the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015 and calls on the SA Parliament to oppose the Bill in its present form as it fails to recognise:

  • That Ecologically Sustainable Development must be an overarching objective of a new planning system in South Australia; 
  • That a Community Engagement Charter supported by the State Government must be developed and mandated to enable community input into planning policy and development assessment;
  • That Council Development Assessment Panels must retain the involvement of elected members;
  • That “Heritage must be placed on new foundations” as proposed by the Expert Panel;
  • That the Planning Commission must be independent and at arm’s length from the Minister for Planning; 

This Forum empowers the Community Alliance SA to initiate actions to “Bury the Bill” and to call on the State Government to “Put the People Back into Planning and Development in South Australia”.”

This was endorsed by the audience with a huge display of approving hands held up in support.

You can read more about the forum and Minister Rau’s planning reforms in our full report and an article in the Messenger Press:

FORUM REPORT – South Australia is Our Backyard 21st Oct 2015

Article in the Messenger

View Mark Parnell’s presentation here – Mark Parnell’s presentation for Community Alliance SA forum 21st Oct 201…

Read what the Q&A Panel Members or their organisations think of the planning reforms:

2015-10-08 SUBMISSION – Community Alliance SA Planning Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015

2015-10-02 Cons Council SA Initial Analysis Planning & Development Bill

2015-10-15 Kevin O’Leary on planning reforms (Advertiser article)

2015-10-21 Darren Peacock Nat Trust SA – talking points

For further information on the forum please contact Dr Helen Wilmore – [email protected] / Ph: 8522 3019 / Mob: 0416 217 391

You can also download our forum flyer and media release:

FLYER - South Australia is our backyard - Community Alliance SA forum 21st Oct 2015

FLYER – South Australia is our backyard – Community Alliance SA forum 21st Oct 2015

15-09-09 Media release – South Australia is our backyard

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  • Paul Anders

    The development regulations have far to many sections where the decision to negatively affect the home owner is left to the “opinion of the relevant authority”. Once the ‘opinion’ is made, no matter how ridiculous, it is hard to have the council admit the error and it is upheld all the way to the DAP as they don’t want to not back there planners no matter how junior and inexperienced, setting a precedence of admitting they are human and screw up too.. The council planning officers even arrogantly inform the owner that if they don’t want to comply with the councils ‘opinion’ on what their home should look like they can take it to court, which they know most people trying to build can not afford.