Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    Department for Planning and Infrastructure becomes operational

    5/09/2001 7:30 AM

    Today was the first day of operations at the new Department for Planning and Infrastructure.

    In line with the Machinery of Government Taskforce recommendations to streamline Government agencies, the new department will replace the Ministry for Planning, which was formally dissolved at a small function for staff yesterday, and most of the Department of Transport.

    In welcoming 250 former Ministry staff to the new department, Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan acknowledged their achievements and commitment to developing and administering Western Australia’s land use planning system and said she was confident of their support and commitment to the Government’s new direction.

    “The Labor Government has a clear commitment to bringing together the planning functions of transport and roads with the State’s land use planning agency. This will ensure a single, integrated planning system, rather than separate, often conflicting, plans,” Ms MacTiernan said.

    The composition of the new agency also reflects the need for land use planning to be closely integrated with implementation.

    “Rather than simply generating blue prints that have to be acted on by the private sector and other Government agencies, we want planning to be more dynamic and relevant to the community,” the Minister said.

    “We want them to be producing plans for which they will also carry some responsibility for implementation.

    “This is more than simply a merger of the public sector agencies and a new title. We are looking for a new sophisticated and responsive culture of planning.

    “We see the bringing together of the skills and capacities of the different agencies as a catalyst to producing more effective outcomes for the community.”

    Media contact: Keri Welham 9213 6400