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UDIA INDUSTRY NEWS 26-10-17 26/10/2017

Proposed environmental policy changes for WA

UDIA and Strategen hosted a roundtable breakfast with the Department of Environment and Energy this morning featuring a presentation and discussion with James Tregurtha (First Assistant Secretary) and Greg Manning (Director WA Assessment Branch). 

The presentation focused on the internal improvement program that they are undertaking to improve engagement and consultation with stakeholders.  They outlined policy changes that are under consideration and also provided a federal government perspective on Strategic Assessment for Perth and Peel (the Green Growth Plan).

Attendees, including UDIA developer members, were able to provide direct feedback on recent experiences with the assessment process for referrals of Banksia Woodlands. 

Discussion also focused on the need for a more balanced approach between environmental, economic and social outcomes.

The department advised that they are keen to understand more about the development industry and this breakfast was the first in a series of engagement sessions that we are looking to undertake between the department and UDIA members over the next 12 months.

UDIA meets with Minister for Environment

UDIA representatives met with the WA Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson along with his Parliamentary Secretary Reece Whitby today.  UDIA sought the Ministers advice on the new government’s position on the Green Growth Plan and were advised that they have resolved to support it ‘in principal’.  The Department of Premier and Cabinet have been requested to continue to develop the plans, however the government is aware of several issues, including funding arrangements for implementation still to be resolved.  The Minister has committed to further industry consultation on this issue.

UDIA also sought confirmation of the government’s response to the Eclipse Resources Supreme Court Decision which resulted in a determination that would make clean fill the subject of the waste levy.   The Minister indicated that he had received amended regulations for approval to be released to selected organisations for consultation soon.  He has provided assurances that the government intent is to ensure that clean fill is exempt from the levy and there is no impact on affordability.

Finally, UDIA raised concerns regarding the Federal government’s recent listing of Banksia Woodlands and the proposed listing of Tuart Woodlands and the increases in requirements for Black Cockatoos.  The Minister advises he will ensure the state environment department liaises with the federal department on these issues.  

Proponent led proposals – UDIA follows up

Last week at the UDIA October Luncheon, the Minister for Planning, Lands and Transport gave a presentation covering a range of planning related matters.  In response to a question at the end of the presentation from MC Gerry Gannon about the new Perth and Peel at 3.5m sub-regional planning frameworks and incorporation of UDIA’s recommendation that provision should be made to enable proponent-led proposals, that are outside of the staging and sequencing timeframes set in the plan, to be considered on merit to ensure adequate land supply and affordability, the Minister indicated that a proponent led system was not currently an official part of the new planning frameworks, however the frameworks are intended to be flexible and adaptable in their approach.  UDIA wishes to advise members that we will be following up with the Minister on this issue to seek further clarification as we believe this is a critical aspect of the new planning frameworks and land supply moving forward.

Development Control Policy 2.2 finalised

The WAPC has finalised an update to its Residential Subdivision Development Control Policy (DCP 2.2). This followed a public consultation period including a submission from UDIA on behalf of members. The policy sets out the WAPC’s requirements for landowners intending to subdivide residential land. More information here

Bushfire review close to finalisation

UDIA has been advised that the current review of the Bushfire Planning Framework led by Dr Toni Buti MLA is close to the finish line. Minister Saffioti’s office has advised that they intend to ensure the review and it’s recommendations deliver workable solutions and they are confident that the industry issues UDIA has raised will be addressed.  We will keep members informed on progress.

Census update

The latest data released from the Census 2016 focuses on employment, education and transport. The data shows that the construction industry is the second largest employer in WA with close to 92,000 employees. 

In terms of transport, the Greater Perth population remains reliant on the private car, with 562,373 people stating that they drive a car to work and another 38,793 stating that they get to work as a passenger in a car.  In terms of public transport, the most popular mode is the bus with approximately 28,000 catching a bus to work while about 14,000 catch a bus and train combination and 25,000 catch the train.  These figures remain fairly unchanged from 2011, including bicycle use, with just 9,367 riding a bike to work each day.

A growing number of people are also working from home which impacts on housing and transport needs.    More information: http://www.abs.gov.au/

Breakfast with the CEO of Western Power

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear directly from Western Power CEO Guy Chalkley at the next UDIA Hot Topics Breakfast.  Mr Chalkley will cover a range of issues including how Western Power is working with the industry to understand needs and what they are doing to improve service delivery and turn-around times; securing our energy future and ensuring WA doesn’t end up with the shortages and pricing of the likes being experienced in other states; the future of the network and the introduction of new technologies and micro-grids; and the review of the High Voltage Pool.  Register here

Mandogalup buffer response

Following a letter that UDIA lodged on behalf of members to government regarding the Kwinana Industrial Buffer Zone, a response has been received acknowledging that the issue has remained unresolved for an extended period.  Minister Saffioti has provided an assurance that the government is considering the latest advice from the EPA and will be looking to resolve land use in proximity to the Kwinana industrial area as soon as possible.  UDIA will keep members informed of progress.

DAPS – seeking specialist members

The Minister for Planning is inviting suitably qualified people to apply for specialist membership on Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) for an appointment term of up to three years. All current specialist memberships expire on 26 January 2018, however in accordance with the DAP Regulations, a DAP member’s term is taken to continue for a period of 3 months (being 26 April 2018).

DAPs enhance planning expertise in decision-making by improving the balance between technical advice and local knowledge. Specialist and local government members work together to determine complex development applications that meet certain class and value thresholds.

Applicants must have a tertiary qualification or substantial experience in one or more of the following areas: town planning, architecture, urban design, engineering, landscape design, environment, law and/or property development or management. Successful applicants may be eligible to be paid a sitting fee of $425 per meeting for a specialist panel member and $700 per meeting for a presiding member in determination of new DAP applications.

The Expression of Interest form is available on the DAP website here.

Young Professional Q & A

UDIA Young Development Professional Scholarship winner Ali Wheeler from Cedar Woods has participated in a Q&A about her professional experience, mentorship and pathway forward.  More here

Strata Titles Reform – update

The Minister for Transport; Planning and Lands says the state government aims to introduce the new strata title legislation into Parliament in mid-2018 to give industry certainty and clarity as soon as possible.  The Minister has noted the benefits to both the community and industry that will come from updating the legislation.

According to Landgate, the strata reform team is now focused on working with the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office to get the legislation drafts done quickly whilst ensuring the legislation is fit-for-purpose.

WGV Water Excellence Recognised at AWA WA Awards

Congratulations to the WGV at White Gum Valley team who won the 2017 WA Water Sensitive Urban Design (Graham Heal) award at the Australian Water Association (AWA) WA 45th Anniversary & Water Awards Dinner. The award recognises ‘excellence in total water cycle management resulting in better on–ground water, wastewater or drainage outcomes’.  WGV also won two awards at the UDIA Awards for Excellence in the Urban Water and Sustainable Urban Development categories. The project learnings are being shared with the wider industry through events, tours and technical publications communicated via the innovative WGV Waterwise Development Exemplar communication program and supported by UDIA.

Ellenbrook rail – planning and engineering services needed

The state government released a tender today seeking planning and engineering services for the Morley-Ellenbrook METRONET project, which is set to start construction in 2019. A successful proponent will work collaboratively with the METRONET team to form the Options Study Analysis for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. To ensure the rail line represents the best outcome for local communities, the work undertaken will include route option analysis, preliminary land use investigations, planning and concept designs, including any grade separations, stations and surrounding precincts. Further tenders for other elements of METRONET will be released progressively over the next 12 months.   

Local businesses are encouraged to tender for the works at http://www.tenders.wa.gov.au

Office space update

Sublease space in Perth’s office market has reached its lowest level in almost five years after dropping for the seventh consecutive quarter. Perth’s volume of sublease space decreased by 27 per cent during the third quarter of 2017, with just 42,383 square metres currently left available in the CBD market. According to research conducted by CBRE, the reduction of 15,288 square metres was the largest single square metre quarterly reduction since 2012. Sublease space in Perth’s CBD office market peaked at 98,304 square metre in December 2015. More information: here

2017 MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer

Congratulations to our UDIA Treasurer Alf Lay for completing the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer on the weekend.  As an individual, Alf raised an impressive $6,535 and his team (Team MACA), comprising of approximately 200 cyclists raised an amazing $4.1M and counting!  The ride raised funds for the Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Women in Leadership

Self-nomination and third party nominations are now open for the UDIA Frasers Property Women in Leadership Award.  The award recognised the significant contribution made by women working in the property industry for more than ten years.  Nominations close on Monday 6 November, for more information visit here

Good bye to Julianne

Tomorrow will be UDIA Event Manager Julianne Olson’s final day at UDIA.  Julianne has been an integral part of the UDIA team for nine years and has successfully managed a packed event calendar. Her professionalism and eye for detail (and fun!) has ensured that UDIA events remain of the highest standard.  A huge thank you from the staff, Council, sponsors and the broader UDIA membership goes to Julianne for her dedication to UDIA and we wish her the very best for the future.

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