The NSW Government issued a series of documents in the lead up to the recent state election about the importance of Local Character and Future Local Character.

When these documents are linked to the requirement in NSW for councils to develop Community participation Plans to demonstrate that the existing community has been involved in developing local plans we could see an anti-change attitude take off that will simply stop future growth.

A number of politicians used the state election to tell communities that over development was coming fast and it would change your neighbourhood for ever. But if you voted for your friendly local politician they would save the day and stop all development. Behind this rhetoric was a warm support for the backyard, for the detached suburban home with its garden and trees. The threat coming was seen as being tall concrete towers that cast shadows occupied by very different types of people who never met their neighbours.