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Question On Notice No. 2484 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 September 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Planning
Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Tabled Paper No: 3299- View tabled paper
Question

I refer to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s (MRA) planned redevelopment of the Bayswater Town Centre, and I ask:
(a) what is the purpose of the MRA undertaking this redevelopment instead of the City of Bayswater, considering the City of Bayswater already submitted a development plan for the town centre in May 2018;
(b) which authority initiated the transfer of responsibility for the redevelopment of the town centre to the MRA;
(c) was a consultation process undertaken by the Minister’s Office, the Department, and/or the MRA prior to this decision:
(i) if yes to (c):
(A) who was consulted; and
(B) will the Minister please table minutes and record of attendance; and
(ii) in particular, were any meetings held with developers or community groups:
(A) if yes to (c)(ii), will the Minister please table the minutes and record of attendance;
(d) how did the MRA manage any conflicts between between their activities and any staff or consultants involved in the process that may own properties in or near the affected area?

Answered on 22 October 2019

(a) The Bayswater Town Centre is a strategic METRONET station precinct, with the station to become a major junction of three metropolitan rail lines. The State Government has invested in transformative infrastructure to act as a catalyst for future growth. The METRONET East Redevelopment Area, which will include the Bayswater Town Centre, will help capitalise on this investment by enabling an integrated approach to areas around the stations to create connected community centres that are universally accessible and provide a range of housing, jobs and services.

(b) The Minister for Planning approved the initiation of an amendment to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Regulations 2011 to extend the Midland Redevelopment Area.

(c) Yes. The Minister sought comment from the WAPC and City of Bayswater via correspondence. [See tabled paper no.]

(d) Any staff or consultant conflicts are managed in accordance with the Agency’s Conflict of Interest and Code of Conduct policies.