Better Planning Network

Better Planning Network (BPN) is a state-wide Not for Profit, grassroots volunteer-based organisation.  Founded in 2012, today BPN has a network of over 450 affiliated groups across NSW.  

Our aim is for a robust and visionary planning system for NSW - one that fosters best practice environmental, heritage, social sustainability and design outcomes; and make sure best practice planning is achieved through a colloborative and authentic community partnership engagement approach.

This follows the NSW Government's attempt to introduce planning reforms that priortise economic growth at the expense of the environment, our heritage and proper community participation in strategic planning and local assessments. While, together we successfully succeeded in stalling the Planning Bills in 2013, the Government is now pushing ahead with many of its controversial reforms.

In response, the Planning for People Charter A Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW was developed by a coalition of community and environmental peak bodies. Supported by the Greens, Labor and Christian Democrats, we hope that the Coalition government will similarly support the Charter, which five principles are key to good planning outcomes for NSW. 

Membership is open to community groups and organisations.  To find out more, email  Our postal address is: PO Box 137, Strawberry Hills, NSW, 2012.

Invidividuals can become BPN supporters by joining this site.

Note:  This site replaces our previous website, with new material in the process of being added.

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    Help fund the work we do

    Thank you for making a difference!


    BPN is a volunteer organisation, funded by supporters.  All donations are used to support the work BPN does. 

    Online donations are processed through PayPal, a secure online payment service.  This takes less than 2 minutes.

    Alternately you can make a deposit via EFT or Cheque.

    You can donate to Better Planning Network in a number of ways:

    1. To Make a donation directly from your bank directly to the BPN account deposit to: Better Planning Network Bank: Westpac BSB:  032-045  A/C: 103472 (This form of donation avoids BPN paying electronic banking charges).  
    2. To make a donation by cheque make the Cheque payable to the Better Planning Network and post to Better Planning Network, PO Box 137, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012.

    Remember to include your details so we can receipt you donation and say thank you.

    Better Planning Network is registered in Australia as a Not for Profit organisation, however donations are not tax deductable. We appreciate your support for the work BPN does.  Together we can make a difference!

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    News Archive

    Our news archive from our former website follows:

    The BPN News Archive contains news items from 2012 to 2014 from the former BPN website. We have kept these so there is an historical record of BPN's activities during this time and of the battle over the proposed New Planning System.

    Some of the links in the News archive may no longer work.

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