War of words erupts in Bay Vil­lage in­ter­ven­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Shan­non Beat­tie

Con­cerns have been raised about the State Gov­ern­ment’s in­ter­fer­ence in the ap­proval of Bay Vil­lage af­ter Min­is­ter for Plan­ning Rita Saf­fi­oti used call-in pow­ers to see the mat­ter over the line.

Be­fore this de­ci­sion, the pow­ers had only been used nine times since they came into be­ing, but more no­tably, this is the first time they have been used in a re­gional area.

On top of that, Premier Mark McGowan said at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber that he would not be get­ting in­volved in the mat­ter.

“It is a mat­ter of a le­gal process, so it is sub­ject to ap­peal by ei­ther party, as I un­der­stand it; my in­ter­ven­ing in a mat­ter that is be­fore the courts is verg­ing on im­proper,” he said.

Yet just six weeks later one of his min­is­ters, Ms Saf­fi­oti, did just that and stated that he said it would not be ap­pro­pri­ate that “he” in­ter­vene.

“The Premier does not have the power to in­ter­vene; how­ever, the Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Act 2005 al­lows for the min­is­ter for plan­ning to in­ter­vene,” she said.

The Na­tion­als WA deputy leader Jacqui Boy­dell said to say that she was dis­ap­pointed by the ac­tions of the Premier, the Min­is­ter for plan­ning and lo­cal mem­ber Kevin Michel would be a gross un­der­state­ment.

“The Na­tion­als’ aim through­out the process has been to en­sure the Kar­ratha com­mu­nity gets a say in their town’s fu­ture devel­op­ment,” she said.

“We want to em­power com­mu­nity lead­ers, not take de­ci­sions out of their hands which the La­bor Gov­ern­ment ap­pears in­tent on.”

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