Sales plan is ‘panic’
VICTORIA Park MLA Ben Wyatt says the State Government’s plan to put 20 government land sites on the market is a reaction rather than a plan.
Last week, the State Government announced it had identified 20 sites, including the Department of Agriculture and Food Headquarters in Kensington, to be sold to help reduce the State’s debt.
Mr Barnett said the Government expected to generate about $250 million for the state.
“These pieces of land, all in the metropolitan area and from a range of portfolios, would be better transferred to private ownership to be rede- veloped or restored,” Mr Barnett said.
“The sale process will vary from one piece of land to another with some sites ready to go to market now, and others that will take more work to get ready for sale.”
Mr Wyatt said while it was valid for Governments to assess their balance sheet, it seemed this was a panicked response.
“The sale of the DAFWA HQ is particularly shortsighted as it removes from consideration an important Government asset in plans to create a university city in the Curtin precinct,” he said.
South Perth MLA John McGrath supports the sale and said it seemed the land was surplus to departmental needs and should be put to better use. “The land is ideally situated for inner-city residential use or mixed use, either of which would complement Bentley Technology Park and Curtin University,” he said.
“Consideration would need to be given to the effects additional vehicular traffic would have on the surrounding area.
“The City of South Perth is already affected by significant through traffic on major roads which could require upgrades to accommodate vehicle movements generated by any redevelopment of the land.”
Lands Minister Terry Redman said the Department of Lands was in the process of assessing all Government-owned land assets to determine levels of efficiency and use.
The Department of Agriculture and Food, one of the buildings the State Government has identified for sale.