From 1 October 2008, laws apply requiring the disclosure of political donations and gifts when lodging or commenting on a development proposal or planning matter.
Disclosure requirements apply for individuals or entities with a relevant financial interest as part of the lodgement of:
- various types of development proposals; and
- requests to initiate environmental planning instruments or development control plans.
Disclosure requirements also apply to individuals or entities lodging submissions in objection or support of the above types of applications.
The disclosure requirements apply at the time of lodgement to Council or the NSW Government.
Disclosures must be made where the applicant, person with a relevant financial interest or person making a submission, has made a reportable political donation or gift within the period commencing 2 years before the DA or submission is made and ending when the application is determined.
Council will maintain a Register of all disclosures which is available for viewing by the public, free of charge, at Council’s offices during normal business hours (or see Register to right).