STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS Chifley Electorate: Local Environment Plan

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (13:58): I do not know how to follow that, Speaker; I still have lava all over me! I wanted to mention to the House that yesterday I took the opportunity of meeting about a hundred local residents concerned about a big issue in our council area: the draft local environmental plan that is affecting our area. Residents are worried the proposals would see their homes rezoned and used for recreational space. Literally hundreds of residents across the City of Blacktown, who are represented by me and the member for Greenway, are concerned about the lack of information about what will happen to their homes and, importantly, the value of their homes in the years to come. These residents say the information provided to them has been scarce, scant. They are also concerned that, when they have turned to local government for advice, they have not been able to get it. I have urged the Mayor of Blacktown, one of the largest local government areas in the state, to attend to the concerns of residents and to provide public meetings to resolve their issues.