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Question Without Notice No. 1148 asked in the Legislative Council on 20 November 2018 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

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

Answered on

WORKFORCE ACCOMMODATION

1148. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Planning:

I refer to the government's position statement on workforce accommodation, which states —

Where practicable, workforce accommodation should be provided in established towns, in locations suitable to its context, to facilitate their ongoing sustainability.

(1) How is the government ensuring that this policy is adhered to?

(2) Since the document was published in January this year, what further work has been undertaken to establish a policy on fly in, fly out work camps in regional towns?

(3) Does the government intend to provide any assistance to local councils in their negotiations with multinational mining companies?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The document that the member refers to is a position statement of the Western Australian Planning Commission. The position statement outlines the development requirements for workforce accommodation under the Planning and Development Act 2005 and associated regulations, and provides guidance to local governments on the role of the local planning framework in the planning and development of workforce accommodation. The position statement is intended to assist local governments to address workforce accommodation when preparing and implementing local planning schemes and strategies. Adherence to the position statement forms a part of the WAPC's assessment of local planning schemes and strategies proposed by local governments.

(2)–(3) The minister, the WAPC and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage are working with councils to help address the individual challenges.