Better Planning Network

Better Planning Network (BPN) is a state-wide Not for Profit, grassroots volunteer-based organisation founded in 2012.

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. 

BPN membership or affiliation is open to community groups.  You can also join our network as an individual Friend of BPN  Click here to find out more.

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    Help fund the work we do

    Thank you for making a difference!

    BPN is a volunteer organisation that is funded by our 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 donate by direct deposit to the BPN account.  Account name: Better Planning Network Bank: Bank Australia BSB: 313140 A/C: 12146008.

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

    Unfortunately we do not accept cheques. If you cannot pay electronically, please contact our Secretary at

    Please note that donations to the BPN are not tax deductible. 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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