DAP debate: residents call for accountability and transparancy

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

Perth MHR Alannah MacTiernan hosted the meeting in Mt Lawley to discuss the DAP approval process after many Perth councils expressed concern with the planning process.

State Opposition planning spokeswoman Rita Saffioti said the “overwhelming” view raised at the meeting was that DAPs needed to change.

“There is a lot of feeling against the DAPs; some of the community is disenfranchised,” she said.

Ms Saffioti said the main concerns were the level of discretion used when approving large developments, as well as the accountability and transparency of the process.

“(It was discussed) how the community can get better information about the process and have a better ability to participate in some way,” she said.

But Ms Saffioti would not confirm whether Labor would make any changes to the DAP system if elected next year.

The approval of 9-11 King William Street in Bayswater was discussed at the meeting.

Some Bayswater residents and councillors believe the Metro Central JDAP used an inappropriate amount of discretion in approving the project.

The City of Bayswater decided last month it would not fight the decision to approve the 27-apartment block in the Supreme Court.

It also wrote to the State Government to express its disappointment over the approval and to seek a review into DAPs.