23 Dec Points of difference – Minister allows DPaW to decide shack removal
DPaW are the agency which has for the last 20 years been charged with dealing with the Wedge & Grey squatter shack management.
Since 2010 the agency has been directed by successive Barnett Government Environment Ministers to develop a compromise plan to enable co-existence of the shack settlements with public recreation and tourism facilities.
The current Minister Mr Albert Jacob appears to have blindly accepted and followed the bureaucratic advice, which has included making unilateral decisions without consulting with the shack associations as instructed by government.
Attached are the key points of difference in the approach to the planning process between DPaWs rigid roadblock attitude to dismantle the communities and the Associations outcomes focused position with solutions and an enabling attitude that the communities can remain to benefit all West Australians.
The Planning process problems originate from 3 key Factors
-Pre-existing disposition for shack removal by Agencies
-Government response for compromise not enforced and
-DPaW planning process allowed to restrict options to achieve Government intention
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