NSW planning fast-tracked during pandemic
Support for the construction industry is mounting with the Government in New South Wales announcing that applications for development will be fast-tracked.
The construction industry in Australia employs over a million people and generates over $360 billion in revenue, therefore the importance of keeping this industry alive is paramount during a time when business and employment is being hit hard.
Key changes will include the ability for construction sites now being able to operate on weekends and public holidays as well as the acceleration of approvals.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes on Friday outlined the importance of keeping the NSW economy moving and stated that “We have incredible opportunity to help keep our state’s economy moving and keeping people in jobs and also keeping businesses operating”.
Large developments can have great significance state-wide to provide rejuvenation and additional employment when Australia begins to return to normal, and in the meantime, provide tens of thousands of construction role opportunities. State significant developments include hospitals, schools, waste management, energy generating facilities and correctional facilities.
Additional planning and development staff will assist to clear the backlog on existing applications and local and regionally significant development applications will be fast-tracked by introducing a ‘one stop shop’ to progress those projects still in the system.
The City of Melbourne has also announced similar measures to its city construction sites last week.