Former Premier Colin Barnett says he is disappointed the WA government has decided to detonate a $7 million plan started in 2011 aimed at safeguarding Perth bushland as the city’s population grows. 카지노사이트
In 2011 Barnett started the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions (SAPPR), known back then as the Green Growth Plan, to look at the vegetation left in the region, what could be sacrificed and what should be off limits.
Strategic assessments create federal environmental approvals for entire regions rather than forcing project-by-project assessments and some environmental groups hoped it would have finally stopped urban sprawl by drawing a development line around Perth.
A draft was produced in 2015 and by 2021 taxpayers had stumped up $7 million to pay for consultants and public servants over 10 years.
The McGowan government suspended work on the SAPPR in 2018 over concerns about its scale, complexity and deliverability and sat on its final decision for four years before dropping an announcement late on Thursday it had abandoned the entire venture.
Instead, the government will opt for “regional” planning using its recently adopted native vegetation policy and work on new conservation and restoration plans over time.
Barnett was disappointed in the decision to scrap the SAPPR, saying it was a truthfully apolitical strategy that would have set up the preservation of bush in Perth and Peel in the long term.
“Most things from governments tend to have a bit of a political sting to them, this didn’t, it was a completely objective, scientific and planning-based assessment, and it did lay down long-term future planning for Perth,” he said.
“To bring it down to looking at regional areas and obviously have local governments involved and [development assessment panels] and all the rest of it, it was to try and get away from that and get a scientifically based plan.”
During the Barnett years, environmental groups raised concerns about the finality and inflexibility of the SAPPR but in the years after work was suspended, they eventually wanted anything in place to halt the loss of more bushland across the metro area.
Greens MP Brad Pettitt also attacked the government’s decision, which he said would only benefit big developers wanting to continue sprawling Perth.
“It is extremely frustrating after so many years of delay and indecision, without a broad strategic plan, Perth and Peel are once again left with ongoing ad-hoc decision-making,” he said.
“The lack of a strategic plan means that the Perth metro area, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, is suffering a death by a thousand cuts.바카라사이트
“Frankly, the only winners out of today’s announcement are the property developers who are profiting off Perth’s unsustainable sprawl, without a plan, they will keep doing what they have done for decades, bulldozing native bushland to make new suburbs with little room for trees.”
Urban Development Institute of Australia WA executive manager Tanya Steinbeck said after such a long period of uncertainty her industry was pleased the government had finally made a decision.
She said UDIA’s position remained that a high-level approach to environmental decision-making was still the best course for certainty over the delivery and affordability of housing supply.
“The declining supply of urban zoned land will place additional resource demands on approval authorities and negatively impact on housing affordability,” she said.
“Given today’s announcement, we look forward to learning more about the state government’s future plans in this space, particularly in relation to regional planning under WA’s native vegetation policy and what that will look like in more detail in the coming months.”
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the assessment was not necessary because many of the issues it was trying to address were already addressed in the Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million planning strategy that was adopted by the WA government in 2017.
“Our city is growing rapidly – and the Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million land use and planning frameworks will continue to guide future development,” she said.
“While SAPPR will be discontinued, it has fed into the Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million land use and planning frameworks – which will address many of the issues that prompted its establishment in 2011.”
A spokesman for Premier Mark McGowan said the work undertaken in the SAPPR would continue to be used in regional planning under the native vegetation policy.
“Conservation and restoration plans will be one of the outputs of regional planning. Scoping for this work will begin in early 2023,” he said.
The spokesman also defended the time it took to make the decision, blaming COVID-19 for the delay. 온라인카지노