Clare­mont joins the DAP fray

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By BELINDA CIPRI­ANO

TOWN of Clare­mont coun­cil­lors are stand­ing with their western sub­urbs neigh­bours, vot­ing to ad­vo­cate the abo­li­tion of the De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Pan­els (DAPs) at last Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Coun­cil­lor Bruce Haynes moved the mo­tion, say­ing WA was the last state to abol­ish DAPs and the Town should join other coun­cils in­clud­ing Vin­cent and Cottes­loe in do­ing so.

“It does serve a pur­pose, to in­su­late the de­ci­sion from ef­fec­tive ratepay­ers,” Cr Haynes said.

“The DAP process has been one that alien­ates the com­mu­nity. I be­lieve we should pass the mo­tion like our neigh­bours.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode said if the DAP sys­tem was re­tracted, a level of du­pli­ca­tion would be re­moved with some mi­nor process im­prove­ment and work­load re­duc­tion. Mayor Jock Barker added coun­cil had pre­vi­ously ap­proved a bil­lion- dol­lar de­vel­op­ment, which could be done with­out the DAP when there was a com­pe­tent ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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