Parliamentary Questions Report

Question On Notice No. 2451 asked in the Legislative Assembly on 11 March 2010 by Mr P.T. Miles

Question directed to the: Minister for Planning
Minister Responding: Hon J.H.D. Day
Parliament: 38 Session: 1

(1) Was there any scientific investigation as to whether or not there was a case for the Priority 1 public water resource boundary to be altered before the East Wanneroo Structure Plan and the Industrial Land Strategy 2009 documents were released for public comment; and
(a) if not, why not?

(2) I refer to the Industrial Land Strategy 2009 document in which the Department of Planning cites six priority industrial sites, upon which general and light industry is proposed for all. On two sites, South Pinjar and Greenlands near Pinjarra, a heavier type of industry is proposed which is labelled ‘special industry’. Please advise why the Department of Planning is now claiming that the ‘special industry’ to be sited on South Pinjar and Greenlands is a mistake when its intention was clearly stated with follow-up text?

(3) I refer to the report entitled ‘A Report on Aboriginal Heritage Investigation’ (dated February 2007) which was commissioned and paid for by the Department of Planning, and which identifies an Aboriginal site where there is now a road planned, and ask why a road has been proposed over this Aboriginal site?

(4) I refer to the report entitled ‘Survey of Selected Wetlands: City of Wanneroo’ (dated June 2005) which was commissioned and paid for by the Department of Planning, and which is a study of the wetlands in the northern parts of East Wanneroo, and I ask:

(a) why did the Department of Planning have trouble locating this document; and

(b) why has the Department of Planning planned a four-lane road through a valuable wetland identified in the report?

(5) Given that there is no framework under any department to fully protect either the Gnangara water mound or the surrounding residents from toxic industrial accidents, arson or bush fire, how will the Minister ensure that the horrors of the Bellevue fire will not be visited upon the citizens of Wanneroo and the wider Perth metropolitan area?

Answered on 20 April 2010:

 (1) Yes, this proposal is based on the analysis and strategies in the work undertaken to prepare the Gnangara Land Use and Water Management Strategy, Parts 1 & 2 (Western Australian Planning Commission, 1999) and the Draft Gnangara Sustainability Strategy (Department of Water, 2009).

The former report clearly states that the Land Use Compatibility Tables for each of the priority public drinking water source areas should be used as a guideline only and the content of these tables does not replace the need for further assessment of land use proposals within these priority areas.

This is further acknowledged in the Gnangara Sustainability Strategy, which specifically states that the risks and benefits of potential urban and employment generating land use as identified must be investigated, with the view to determining the feasibility of amending the current Priority 1 UWPCA (Underground Water Protection Control Area).

The Western Australian Planning Commission's (WAPC) studies of the East Wanneroo Structure Plan (2009) and the Industrial Land
Strategy (2009) explicitly state that any change in the land use proposals is subject to the amendment of the current Priority 1 UWPCA, i.e. the strategic proposals will only be pursued if the feasibility of amending the current Priority 1 UWPCA can be confirmed.

 (2) The Industrial Land Strategy (WAPC, 2009) is a strategic planning initiative to address an identified shortfall in industrial land supply. The objectives of the strategy are:

· identify the amount of land and the land use typology required over next 30 years to cater for forecast industrial land demand;

· identify and evaluate the suitability of locations for new industrial land and make recommendations on what actions would need to be undertaken to further determine their feasibility;

· develop a strategy to facilitate deliver of industrial land, to assist the Government with the restoration of an Industrial Land Bank.

The term 'Special Industry' in the context of the Strategy refers to the Australian New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) codes. The term 'Special Industry' in this instance refers to 'Strategic Export/Knowledge Based Industry'. The supporting technical document from which this terminology is derived highlights the potential land uses that may occur on a site nominated for this type of industrial land use.

The Department of Planning (DoP) has acknowledged that the reference to 'Special Industry' is open to misinterpretation. DoP has agreed to amend the language used to ensure that the land use activities under consideration for the South Pinjar site are clearly stated, and can not be misconstrued to mean 'heavy industry' or any industrial activity that would negatively impact on nearby residential development.  

(3) The report entitled 'A Report on Aboriginal Heritage Investigation' (dated February 2007) indicates the presence of a culturally sensitive Aboriginal site in the Mariginiup area. This site is shown as an interim site on the Department of Indigenous Affairs' (DIA) Aboriginal Sites Register.

 Based on the sensitive nature of this site, DIA staff classified this as a 'closed' site, and further details including the exact location of the site may only be provided with the permission of the registered informant. DoP has requested that DIA formally assess the subject site and provide information to permit the full assessment of future planning in this vicinity. On the basis of preliminary discussions it can be confirmed that the proposed road alignment in this vicinity will be amended.

(4a) DoP has used the most recent wetland assessment data (April 2006) obtained from the Department of Conservation in preparing the draft East Wanneroo Structure Plan.

(b) Roads proposed in the East Wanneroo Structure Plan indicate the need for regional and district level linkages between key areas of activity, consistent with the strategic intent of the plan. This is indicated in the structure plan (Figure 11, page 26).

 The majority of concerns raised by the community refer to Figure 13 page 34 which is labelled an implementation guideline subject to further detail planning investigation and is not a blue print for implementation.

 Further detailed investigations are required to be undertaken, which will enable the further confirmation or amendment of the road alignments in accordance with the statutory planning process. In determining these alignments, the process will take a range of factors into account including conservation, wetland and Aboriginal heritage issues.

(5) The framework for ensuring that there are safeguards relating to the impacts of any future industrial development would be established through the normal State and local government rezoning and development approval processes in addition to any requirements stipulated under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
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