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160. Dr J.M. WOOLLARD to the Minister for Planning: My question is about the Approvals and Related Reforms (No. 4) (Planning) Bill 2009, which allows for the establishment of improvement schemes that will override local and regional planning schemes. (1) Will the minister confirm that an improvement scheme may apply anywhere in the state, including to traditional residential areas such as Applecross, Mt Pleasant, South Perth, Mosman Park, Claremont, Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe and Nedlands?

Several members interjected.

Dr J.M. WOOLLARD: I will continue.

(2) Will the minister confirm that an improvement scheme could include development control provisions that

provide for a change in zoning?

Several members interjected.

The SPEAKER: Thank you, members! Take a seat, member. Everybody in this place is entitled to ask a question.

Some people might not necessarily like the question being asked and they might have better suggestions. All I want to

hear in this place is the member whom I have called to ask the question asking that question. I do not believe the

member needs any assistance from either side of this place.

Dr J.M. WOOLLARD: Will the minister confirm that an improvement scheme could include development control

provisions that provide for a change in zoning, such as the Western Australian Planning Commission has proposed for

Mt Pleasant and Applecross.

Mr B.S. Wyatt interjected.

The SPEAKER: Take a seat! Member for Victoria Park, you probably heard me before; I imagine you did. I

formally call you for the first time. I hope the member will be able to conclude the question shortly.

<030> Q/2

Dr J.M. WOOLLARD: Performance-based zoning could see developments of 20 to 30 storeys. This sketch shows

Canning Bridge.

(3) Will the minister confirm that the Western Australia Planning Commission has already recognised Canning

Bridge as a regionally significant area because it is in a transport-oriented development zone, and when will

the minister tell the people who are living within one kilometre of train stations —

The SPEAKER: Order! Member, I have given you some leniency in terms of asking the question. Might I suggest

politely to you that perhaps you keep that as a supplementary question after the answer to the question from the

minister. I will call upon the minister to answer the questions the member has so far asked.

Mr J.H.D. DAY replied:

(1)–(3) As the member for Alfred Cove indicated, we do have a bill before this house at the moment titled the

Approvals and Related Reforms (No. 4) (Planning) Bill. We will be debating the general provisions in the

bill, I hope, very soon; in fact, I was hoping it would be today, but it will probably be during the next sitting

week. We will go through some of the provisions in detail during consideration in detail. It is the case that

one of the provisions in the bill is to clarify the ability of the state, through the Minister for Planning, to

develop improvement schemes for specific areas—but not in some sort of autocratic way; it will be through

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all the normal consultations that occur with planning scheme amendments. We will have the debate about the

bill when it comes on. That is probably the appropriate time.

As a general comment, and as we are all aware, Western Australia, and the Perth metropolitan area in

particular, faces major population growth pressures, and we need to ensure that land is available for

residential development both in greenfield sites and also through urban consolidation. I am very clear about

the need, and we have indicated this through the “Directions 2031” document that has been out for comment

and is close to finalisation: we need to provide more residential developments from urban consolidation and

urban infill developments than has been the case in the past. That trend has been developing over the past 20

years or so. We cannot rely excessively on further urban sprawl and peripheral developments for which, as

most members would be aware, there are higher transport and infrastructure costs and greater social

challenges are produced. We need a combination of both, and that is the approach that has been taken.

This bill is not specifically about Applecross, Alfred Cove, South Perth or any of those important local areas;

it is about general planning provisions in Western Australia. Any particular developments that are proposed

will be subject to all the usual consultation processes that occur. We listen to the community and we make

decisions that are in the interests of the community as a whole.

PLANNING IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES — WESTERN SUBURBS

161. Dr J.M. WOOLLARD to the Minister for Planning:

As the Western Australia Planning Commission has identified Canning Bridge as a significant site because it is within

a transport-orientated development area, when will the government tell people living in the western suburbs who are

living within one kilometre of train stations that their suburbs—namely, Mosman Park, Claremont Peppermint Grove,

Cottesloe and Nedlands—could also have 10 to 20-storey residential commercial developments in their areas?

The SPEAKER: The opportunity to ask a supplementary question is not always given. I have given the member the

opportunity to ask a brief supplementary, and I ask the minister to respond now.

Mr J.H.D. DAY replied:

The member for Alfred Cove is frightening the member for Cottesloe and the member for Nedlands. Please, we have

enough issues in the planning portfolio without the member stirring up more issues.

 
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