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 nearly 500 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. 

Together we successfully succeeded in stalling the Planning Bills in 2013. However, the Government has since pushed 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 - including Better Planning Network, the National Trust of Australia (NSW), the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, the Total Environment Centre, the Inner Sydney Regional Council for Social Development, Australia International Council for Monuments and Sites, Our Land Our Water Our Future and the National Parks Association of NSW. 

We invite individuals to become a BPN supporter by joining this site.  Membership is open to community groups and organisations.  To contact us, email us at  

Our postal address is: PO Box 137, Strawberry Hills, NSW, 2012.

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



  • Donate

    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

    For keeping up to date with what we're up to

    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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