THE City of Wanneroo has collected almost $15 million through its developer contributions plans (DCPs) and spent more than $10 million on facilities.
The City has two plans – one for Yanchep-Two Rocks and the other for Alkimos-Eglinton – to collect funding for future community facilities in the growth suburbs, which were gazetted in late 2014.
Planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson said the City had collected $3.5 million through the Yanchep-Two Rocks plan and $10.7 million through the Alkimos-Eglinton plan so far.
“The Yanchep-Two Rocks DCP involves shared funding between relevant landowners, the City and external grants,” he said.
“To date, a total of $10.5 million of DCP funds has been spent on community infrastructure, including the Yanchep Surf Lifesaving Club and the Yanchep district open space and pavilion.
“A beach recreation node is scheduled for the Yanchep foreshore area in 2022.
“These facilities have been provided in accordance with the timing defined in the capital expenditure plan.
“The Alkimos-Eglinton DCP is collecting funds for district level facilities for Alkimos and Eglinton and includes libraries, community centres, indoor recreation centres, multipurpose courts, public open space and a surf life saving club.
“The timing for delivery of this infrastructure is dependent upon a range of factors, including the availability of serviced land, developer land release programs and the ongoing evaluation of community needs and project feasibility.”
The Urban Development Institute of Australia released a statement this month saying some councils in WA were “holding” funds yet to be spent on community infrastructure and called for a State policy to regulate when money should be spent.
“The issue is that there is a lack of transparency and accountability in respect to how local governments manage these funds,” chief executive Allison Hailes said.
“There is no set timeframe or trigger point that regulates when the money should be spent after it has been collected.
“There should be mechanisms prescribed in the State’s overarching policy that enables councils to collect the contributions.
“Councils should be required to start spending the money once the population in an area has reached a certain threshold or when a specified percentage of the funds required for a piece of infrastructure have been collected.
“There are cases where the local government has deferred making such contributions, which further delays the delivery of facilities. It is the local residents that are missing out on facilities and infrastructure.
“The State Government needs to ensure that there are clear policy requirements regarding accountability for the funds and that there are clear timeframes in which development contribution scheme dollars are collected and spent.”
Mr Dickson said the City collected and managed the funds on behalf of landowners and was committed to “timely delivery of important infrastructure for its community”.
“Developer contributions towards DCPs are made when land is subdivided or developed,” he said.
“The level of funds collected is dependent on the level of housing and lot sales within a particular DCP area.
“The prioritisation and timing of infrastructure is guided by the DCP capital expenditure plans.
“This is reviewed periodically to align expenditure with changing community needs.”
The Yanchep-Two Rocks DCP had a 10-year life span, while the Alkimos-Eglinton plan was set to last 25 years.
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