Land reform issue lingers

MEMBER for Murray Adrian Piccoli says reform into land locked by Western Lands leases (WLL) and Crown Land freeholds was progressing with the state’s Minister for Primary Industries, Land and Water Niall Blair.

Wentworth Shire councillor Bob Wheeldon says land locked by government leases and freeholds was hurting the prospects of the New South Wales shire.

“There is a bit of legislative red tape to work through and Wentworth Shire Council will be kept informed of its progress,” he said.

Mr Piccoli further outlined his approach to the 900 lots development stalemate Wentworth Shire Council finds itself in.

“You don’t just approve a lease to freehold land – it’s not a simple process to do across our geographic area and it’s not just about ticking off developments.”

Mr Piccoli said he would continue to work through WLL and Crown Land arrangements with Wentworth Shire in coming weeks.

He said an impending Crown Land White Paper – a document that will help inform New South Wales Government policy when deciding how to protect and release Crown Land – would simplify the process to release freehold land and leases.

However, Wentworth Shire Councillor Bob Wheeldon said the government’s Crown Land White Paper had taken the government since 2012 to work through and it wasn’t yet finished, calling it “slow”.

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