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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 353 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 April 2019 by Hon Donna Faragher

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

SWAN VALLEY PLANNING REVIEW

353. Hon DONNA FARAGHER to the minister representing the Minister for Planning:

I refer to the article in the Eastern Reporter titled ''Planning Minister says act not strong enough to protect the Swan Valley from inappropriate developments'' of 14 September 2018 and the statement that the minister ''expected to present the State Government's response to the report by November''.

(1) Has the government finalised its response to the Swan Valley planning review undertaken by John Kobelke, JP?

(2) If yes to (1), will the minister table a copy of the report; and, if not, why not?

(3) If no to (1), when will the government response be finalised and released?

(4) Does the minister intend to introduce a bill to amend or replace the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995 with a new planning framework for the Swan Valley this year; and, if yes, when; and, if not, why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Planning.

(1)–(4) The last time the Swan Valley Planning Act was reviewed and amended was in 2006, as the more recent review of the Swan Valley initiated under the previous government did not appropriately engage with the community and was never implemented. The recommendations from the current Swan Valley review process are being considered and a formal response is being prepared. Any legislative change required will be progressed as soon as practicable.