City joins op­po­si­tion to pan­els

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

THE City of South Perth has re­solved to ad­vo­cate for the abo­li­tion, or sig­nif­i­cant re­forms, to Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Pan­els (DAPs).

Coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously ap­proved the mo­tion at the coun­cil meet­ing last week.

South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said DAPs had largely re­moved op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal and com­mu­nity-based is­sues to be con­sid­ered in the devel­op­ment de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.

“DAPs are not demo­cratic bod­ies rep­re­sent­ing the ratepay­ers and do not re­flect the as­pi­ra­tions or val­ues of the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue for com­mu­ni­ties through­out WA. A num­ber of other coun­cils in the metropoli­tan ar­eas have ei­ther ap­proved or are ac­tively con­sid­er­ing sim­i­lar res­o­lu­tions.”

Cr Do­herty said if the DAPs were re­tained, the City would ad­vo­cate for greater ac­count­abil­ity, trans­parency and pro­ce­dural fair­ness for ratepay­ers dur­ing the de­ci­sion­mak­ing process.

The City will now ad­vo­cate that WA fol­low DAP prac­tices sim­i­lar to those in­ter­state, where they have been aban­doned in favour of Min­is­te­rial call-in pow­ers.

These pow­ers would be con­fined to projects typ­i­cally with a min­i­mal value of $20 mil­lion or more.

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