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Question Without Notice No. 734 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 August 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

DUST MANAGEMENT — PORT HEDLAND

734. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to comments made by the member for Pilbara recently that suggest that the government will facilitate an industry-led buyback of residences in Port Hedland.

(1) When does the minister anticipate that the government-facilitated scheme will start and for how long will it run?

(2) Which minister will be responsible for negotiating the terms of and responsibility for the buyback scheme?

(3) Will the scheme apply to both commercial and residential properties?

(4) Is the minister aware of any planned use by either BHP or the government of the land to be purchased under the scheme?

(5) Other than being extended, what changes are mooted for the port improvement levy?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1) Our aim is to have a scheme in place within the next six months. We recognise that the transition of the West End will take some time. I anticipate that the scheme will be open for more than 12 months.

(2) We are working through the details of how that scheme will operate, but it is clear that this issue crosses multiple portfolios, including ports, planning and lands.

(3) It will apply only to residential properties, as commercial properties are not adversely affected by rezoning.

(4) Planning for the future of the West End will occur through the Western Australian Planning Commission improvement plan scheme process that is already underway. Some new activities have been suggested from time to time, including tugboat maintenance and other port-related commercial activities.

(5) We are examining different models for bringing together industry contributions.