Consult or Control?

StakeholderControlGovernment agencies who ask communities for their opinion on infrastructure projects and then ignore them are scared of losing control, a federal inquiry into the development of cities has been told.

The power that central agencies have in deciding what infrastructure gets built should be reduced and data-sharing technology used to get citizens’ input, instead of “stakeholder consultation” that was often ignored, software group SAP Australia and the Regional Australia Institute said.

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