Land sale advice conflicts

The Newcastle Herald reports that state-owned development authority UrbanGrowth NSW has drawn up a plan for the city centre’s renewal and use of the soon to be vacant rail corridor land to go to a Cabinet committee, while asking for the community’s views on the issues.

Documents tabled to NSW Parliament show the “urban renewal concept plan” is to be submitted to Cabinet’s infrastructure committee to “define preferred uses for rail corridor lands and adjacent government-owned land”.

… sources have said UrbanGrowth is urging the government to back development on at least part of the rail corridor. The government has not backed Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper’s bill to prevent major development on the rail corridor after the heavy rail is truncated.

UrbanGrowth, which holds a two-thirds stake in the East End redevelopment proposal with the GPT Group, was put in charge of the government’s overall revitalisation project early this year.

Read the full article at the Herald.