Community Consultative Committees (CCCs) for state significant projects will be strengthened after the Department of Planning and Environment appointed a group of high-calibre candidates to chair these important forums for enhancing community engagement.
Acting Executive Director Mike Young said the Department selected the independent Chairs after a rigorous and transparent recruitment process.
"We are pleased to announce the appointment of 27 chairpersons to the pool of independent experts who will now be available to chair CCCs across NSW.
"The successful candidates bring extensive knowledge and experience of community issues, planning regulation, and state significant projects, and will ensure CCCs are run effectively," Mr Young said.
"As advisory forums, CCCs have long provided an important link between communities and the proponents of state significant projects, especially in the mining and wind farm sectors.
"Last year, we published new CCC guidelines to make the committees more independent by enabling the Department to vet and appoint the chairpersons of these committees.
"We also expanded the scope for CCCs so they can now be established much earlier in the assessment process, and for any state significant projects including road, rail, industry and large residential projects."
Mr Young said the committees create a forum for community members and proponents to share information and address issues about state significant projects.
"State significant projects are large, complex, and can have major economic, social and environmental impacts over a long period," Mr Young said.
"The new chairs will be heavily involved in the appointment of community members to CCCs, promote effective communication between all members on projects, and mediate any disputes that may arise."
The selected independent chairs include:
29.01.2018 | pdf | 113.0 KB