Panels work­ing well: Min­is­ter

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DAP crit­ics in­clud­ing the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and #ScraptheDAPs com­mu­nity group want to make the panels’ re­form a State Elec­tion is­sue next March.

WALGA, rep­re­sent­ing 110 coun­cils, now backs a cam­paign for a DAPs re­view, af­ter con­tro­ver­sial high­rise and devel­op­ment ap­provals by the panels that sparked some vot­ers’ ire.

Re­ply­ing to the cam­paign, Plan­ning Min­is­ter Donna Faragher said the panels were “work­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well”, in­clud­ing 94 per cent of their de­ci­sions fol­low­ing coun­cil rec­om­men­da­tions.

“DAPs rep­re­sent a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to the state’s econ­omy and there are no plans to abolish the ex­ist­ing sys­tem, but I re­main open to sug­ges­tions re­gard­ing im­prove­ments,” Ms Faragher said.

Op­po­si­tion lo­cal gov­ern­ment spokesman David Tem­ple­man said com­mu­nity con­cerns about DAPs were un­der­stood and La­bor was com­mit­ted to change for more “trans­parency and con­sul­ta­tion”.

“We will con­sult with the wider com­mu­nity about re­forms to the process in the lead-up to the elec­tion.” Mr Tem­ple­man said.

Sa­man­tha Reece says peo­ple should start say­ing what they wanted from higher den­si­ties.

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