NSW Parliamentary inquiry to investigate planning decisions in Newcastle & Hunter Valley

17/09/2014 7:07 pm

NSW ParliamentA NSW parliamentary inquiry will be set up to investigate controversial planning decisions in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley region.

"The inquiry comes in the wake of an Independent Commission Against Corruption investigation into allegations Liberal MPs in the Hunter received illegal political donations from developers.

Greens MLC David Shoebridge has introduced a motion to the Upper House for a select committee to probe transport and infrastructure developments in Newcastle and the Hunter region.

He has told parliament the inquiry is long awaited and will provide the answers the community has been looking for.

"There's enormous disquiet about these decisions which if they simply go through unchecked will fundamentally change the face of the region over the coming years and before we allow that to happen we owe to the community to look behind the closed doors and find out who exactly was making that happen."

The inquiry will examine the decision to terminate the Newcastle rail line at Wickham and plans to build light rail.

It has received cross party support and will be chaired by the Christian Democrats MLC Fred Nile.

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[Via ABC]