Regional councils plug into ePlanning
Joint Ministerial Media Release from Rob Stokes, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Victor Dominello, Minister for Digital and Minister for Customer Service and Shelley Hancock, Minister for Local Government.
Councils in regional areas will benefit from $4.8 million in grants to help them process development applications online.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said each of the 96 regional councils will receive $50,000 under the Regional NSW Planning Portal Grant program to assist them in transitioning to the digital ePlanning system.
“Our ePlanning platform offers an online tool where people can access planning services and lodge and track the progress of applications from anywhere, at any time,” Mr Stokes said.
“We need to help councils update their processes in line with community expectations. Most things are done digitally now – the days of paper-based transactions that can only take place during business hours are behind us.
“But we understand this sort of transition takes time and requires investment, which is why we are giving councils in the regions $50,000 to do so.”
Minister for Digital and Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the grants were win-win for both regional councils and citizens.
“Since its launch, ePlanning has already proven it is faster, more accurate and offers greater transparency and convenience for the people of NSW.”
Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the grants are a fantastic demonstration of support for regional areas and will help councils improve their service to communities.
“Whether upgrading or replacing IT systems and software, learning how to use the platform, or providing support to their residents, these grants will make it easier for councils to get online,” Mrs Hancock said.
All NSW councils are required to be using the NSW Planning Portal to lodge development applications and complying development certificates by 1 July 2021, in line with the Premier’s 2019 mandate.