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🍻 Perth Hills Pub Test WRAP-UP 🍻

It’s poll-time people: Does the WAPC pass the pub test?

Unfortunately I can't transfer the Facebook poll to this blog but I've posted the Pub Test summary below. If you can please pop over to Facebook and vote.


Does the WAPC pass the Pub Test? Will we get a fair go? The Australian 2020 bushfire season is teaching us that planning in this country IS BROKEN. It’s been business-as-usual and urban sprawl for decades... It’s time to call out the BUSINE$$ of property development with Government and it ENDS with North $toneville SP-34.

Here’s a recap (for a detailed summary with references see previous posts):

🍺 David Caddy: Chairman of the WA Planning Commission. ALSO...

Member of the Anglican Perth Diocese Architectural Advisory Committee (the Anglican Church owns the North Stoneville land). ALSO David’s wife Kathleen is an Anglican Synod member.

🍺 Andrew Macliver: DAP Specialist Member of the Planning Commission. ALSO...

Presides over referred Development Approval applications as part of Dept of Planning, Lands and Heritage's Development Assessment Panels.ALSO...on the same Anglican Committee as David Caddy.

🍺 Jane Bennett: WA Planning Commission member. ALSO...

Prominent leadership positions on development-aligned organisations such as: UDIA (Urban Development Institute of Australia), CLE Town Planning + Design, (with Satterley interests), Landcorp, and MRA.

🍺 Lino Lacomella: Member of the WAPC Statutory Planning Committee. ALSO...

Property Council WA deputy then executive director 2009-July 2018. Property Council of WA represents the interests of the WA property industry. ALSO links to Satterley’s Austin Lakes development.

🍺 Peter Ciemitis: RobertsDay Principal, and member of the Government’s State Design Review Panel. ALSO…Works currently and directly with Satterley on SP34 North Stoneville.

🍺 UDIA Awards: Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Annual Awards. ALSO…

The West Australian Planning commission is a platinum sponsor of the awards…

In Sept 2019, Satterley Property Group received 6 UDIA awards and Satterley’s Ray Stokes (and former WAPC secretary) got life membership.

🍺 Belinda Moharich: Deputy Chairman of the WAPC. ALSO…

Principal lawyer at Moharich & More, Belinda Moharich provides legal advice and representation at the State Administrative Tribunal to developers.

Our Pub Test Challenge has not been put on FaceBook to entertain and amuse us. This has been a deadly serious campaign to alert you - our COMMUNITY, to perceived and potential conflicts and biases in decision-making processes of the WAPC.

Our community is staring down the barrel of a DANGEROUS and DESTRUCTIVE PLANNING DISASTER that could cost us our environment, our homes, our lives. Right now almost 3,000 Australians are homeless in the wake of the on-going bushfire catastrophe. 29 people died. This awful crisis highlights the critical importance of integrity in the significant decision-making process for planning in fire prone regions - just like North Stoneville.

Our Pub Tests have asked: Will the WAPC give our community a FAIR GO and can we truly TRUST the process - and the people who deliver it?

☞The WAPC’s own Governance Guide states that ‘perceptions do matter’ (page 20). We agree - 100%. REF: https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/getmedia/a85b7521-b4c3-4d97-85f4-31432d78da28/WAPC-Governance-Guide-2019

We’ve taken our concerns to the highest levels - Planning Minister Rita Saffioti, WA Governor Kim Beazley, and local member Matthew Hughes - who continues to be our staunch supporter.

We’ve lodged formal complaints with the WA Ombudsman. We continue to wait for the outcome.

We understand Premier McGowan is 'aware', and we have told, in person, Federal Cabinet Minister and member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt.

We will not sit back while profits are put ahead of people.

We will demand answers to questions our Pub tests have raised.

In this pre-election year - stick with us - this is just the start...

P.S. We are not the first to have concerns about the WAPC: https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/highly-demoralising-how-people-get-trapped-in-perth-s-planning-web-20190514-p51n66.html

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