Change needed on DAPs: may­ors

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By TOYAH SHAKE­SPEARE and JON BAS­SETT

WESTERN sub­urbs may­ors at a pub­lic fo­rum on con­tro­ver­sial De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Pan­els (DAP) say there ap­pears lit­tle the State Op­po­si­tion can do about the pan­els’ power if it wins govern­ment next year.

“I can con­fi­dently say that based on what I heard at the fo­rum, what La­bor will of­fer won’t be much of an im­prove­ment on what we cur­rently have,” Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris said.

The Mount Law­ley fo­rum, or­gan­ised by Perth MHR Alan­nah MacTier­nan, was at­tended by about 100 res­i­dents op­pos­ing DAPs in sub­urbs in­clud­ing Perth, Dalkeith, Al­fred Cove, Su­bi­aco and Guild­ford last Thurs­day.

South Perth res­i­dents are fight­ing po­ten­tial high-rise to 28 storeys, and a multi-storey block in King Wil­liam Street, Bayswa­ter is con­sid­ered by res­i­dents and coun­cil­lors to have been ap­proved by a DAP us­ing an ex­ces­sive amount of dis­cre­tion.

Mos­man Park’s is­sue was a DAPap­prov­ing re­de­vel­op­ment of the Coles shop­ping cen­tre in the Town with­out ad­dress­ing community and coun­cil con­cerns.

Mr Nor­ris said Op­po­si­tion Plan­ning spokes­woman Rita Saf­fi­oti failed to say if La­bor would scrap DAPs, as was wanted by many com­mu­ni­ties, and it ap­peared a La­bor govern­ment would still keep the sys­tem, while at­tempt­ing to make it op­er­ate “a bit more fairly”.

“I made the point at the fo­rum that WA was the last state to adopt DAPs, but the last to get rid of them, be­cause many East­ern States have now scrapped them or have in­tro­duced a power for their plan­ning min­is­ters to call in and re­view any project with ma­jor or re­gional im­por­tance,” Ned­lands Mayor Max Hip­kins said.

At their meet­ing last week, Ned­lands coun­cil­lors joined their Cottes­loe and Mos­man Park coun­ter­parts in pass­ing a res­o­lu­tion call­ing for DAPs to be abol­ished be­cause they make de­ci­sions be­yond the rules set by lo­cal plan­ning schemes and poli­cies.

Ned­lands wants WA coun­cils to have the power to ap­peal DAP de­ci­sions to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

Ms Saf­fi­oti said the “over­whelm­ing” view at the fo­rum was DAPs needed to change be­cause peo­ple were dis­en­fran­chised by the amount of dis­cre­tion be­ing used for large de­vel­op­ments, and the lack of ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency of the DAP process.

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