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Question Without Notice No. 264 asked in the Legislative Council on 2 April 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

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

Answered on 2 April 2019

DUST MANAGEMENT — PORT HEDLAND

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

I refer to the government's proposal for the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to prepare an improvement plan and improvement scheme for Port Hedland's West End.

(1) Has the improvement plan and improvement scheme been completed; and, if so, when?

(2) If no to (1), when does the minister expect it to be completed?

(3) Who was or is being consulted as part of the process to prepare an improvement plan and improvement scheme?

(4) Will there be a mechanism as part of the improvement plan and improvement scheme for landowners whose properties have been affected by dust to receive compensation?

(5) If yes to (4), who will fund the compensation?

(6) If no to (4), how is the government working with affected landowners to ensure that they are not footing the bill for cleaning and maintenance due to dust?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1) No.

(2) The minister anticipates receiving a recommendation from the Western Australian Planning Commission before the end of 2019.

(3) The Planning and Development Act 2005 obligates the Western Australian Planning Commission to formally consult with the relevant local government when preparing an improvement plan.

(4) An improvement plan does not contain a mechanism for landowners to receive compensation. The Planning and Development Act 2005 sets outs when compensation may be payable to landowners when a planning scheme is made or amended.

(5) Not applicable.

(6) The ''Port Hedland Dust Management Taskforce Report to Government'' sets out a whole-of-government response to the management of dust in Port Hedland.