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Question Without Notice No. 502 asked in the Legislative Council on 21 May 2020 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 21 May 2020

DEVELOPMENTS — ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT ASSESSMENTS

502. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Minister for Environment:

I ask this question on behalf of Hon Dr Steve Thomas, who is away on urgent parliamentary business.

I refer to the government's media release yesterday, 20 May 2020, entitled ''Major Planning Reforms to Drive Economic Recovery''.

(1) How many proposals for developments with an estimated value over $30 million, residential developments with more than 100 dwellings, and commercial developments with a minimum 20 000 square metres of commercial floor space have been referred for assessment under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 since the start of the 2016 calendar year to date?

(2) For each category in (1), please identify —

(a) how many proposals were referred under the act;

(b) how many of those proposals were formally assessed;

(c) what was the average, shortest and longest time frame for the decision on whether to assess to be determined; and

(d) what was the average, shortest and longest time frame for the total assessment to be completed?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank Hon Dr Steve Thomas for some notice of the question.

Due to the level of detail required, it is not possible to provide an answer to this question in the time frame available. I have given an undertaking to provide an answer to the honourable member on the next day's sitting.