A COMMUNITY group reviewing the draft Shoalhaven Local Environment Plan, has launched an awareness campaign about what it called a failure of Shoalhaven City Council to listen to what the public wanted from its new LEP.
SLEP Review Group convenor Alan Burrows said the campaign was about giving the community a real voice in planning decisions in the Shoalhaven.
“It is just so frustrating that after months of preparing submissions and attending meetings the community seems to be being ignored by council,” Mr Burrows said.
“We’ve decided to turn that frustration around and reach out to the community with this campaign.”
Group member Keith Learn from Kangaroo Valley said members felt the Shoalhaven public has been sidelined.
“The preferred strategy in some quarters seems less about engaging with us than in shutting us down,” he said.
“We have consulted directly with our communities, we meet and talk regularly.
“Then we hear from some sources, that our views are unrepresentative, or we are verballed as supposedly anti-development.”
The group said its website would be an information resource for the community to follow the progress of the LEP through council.
“The community can sign up to receive our regular email newsletters and follow the campaign on Facebook,” Mr Learn said.