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Council delays drive investment away
Released 4 March 2011

Increasing delays in council development application processes are driving multi-million dollar investments away from NSW, according to Urban Taskforce Australia.   

Taskforce Chief Executive Aaron Gadiel says uncertainty about development application outcomes was also leading investors to look elsewhere and that Victoria had taken over from NSW as the number one state for building activity.

“An application for a project of more than $5 million to $20 million in value is stuck in council bureaucracy for an average of 257 days, up from 230 days in the previous year,” he says.

“This compares to an average of 67 days for all development applications.” 

The top five slowest councils

Average time of development application process for projects valued at $5 million to $20 million

  • Singleton Council - 1,167 days
  • Burwood Council - 940 days
  • Wingecarribee Shire Council - 687 days
  • Bega Valley Shire Council -595 days
  • Tweed Shire Council - 589 days