- New land agency to be created to focus on key Government priorities
- Common board members to be appointed to both boards
- New agency to include election commitment for the creation of an Industrial Lands Authority to boost jobs
- Integral to delivering quality development outcomes in METRONET precincts
The McGowan Government today started the process to implement major reforms to the State's land agencies.
Western Australia's two land development agencies, LandCorp and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, will be merged progressively over two years as part of the State Government's ongoing bid to drive efficiencies and improve outcomes for land development and housing affordability.
State Cabinet recently approved Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti to initiate the major land development agency reform process.
The reform follows the first stage of changes to the public sector announced in April, which reduced the number of government departments by 40 per cent.
By ultimately creating one central agency for land development, the McGowan Government will reduce duplication and provide a more effective and professional organisation.
The new land agency will assume responsibility for metropolitan planning activities and have a sharper focus on delivering economic opportunities in regional WA.
Across the metropolitan area and regions, the new agency will aim to strengthen communities through increased housing choice, better transport connectivity and enhancing the built and natural environment.
An administrative merger is set to be finalised by 2019 and will involve the following elements:
- The appointment of common directors to both boards beginning January 1, 2018;
- The creation of a standing subcommittee of the joint board to manage the transition of the two organisations into a single entity;
- The appointment of a single CEO to take effect on or before January 1, 2019; and
- A review of all projects, assets and liabilities to enable an optimisation of organisational and project efficiencies.
Any necessary legislative changes will follow.
The new land development agency will also include the creation of the Industrial Lands Authority arm to streamline job-creating projects that will strengthen the WA economy.
The Industrial Lands Authority is a McGowan Government election commitment aimed at removing barriers to investment and identifying new opportunities for industry innovation and expansion.
Future tranches of the land agency reform process will investigate how the Department of Communities' housing development arm could potentially be integrated.
Comments attributed to Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti:
"This is the start of a major reform process to ensure the Government is equipped to create stronger suburbs with more housing choice, better public transport connections and sustainable communities.
"This reform will reduce duplication, and ensure we have the best possible team in Government to deliver key policy priorities such as METRONET and regional projects such as the Bunbury Waterfront.
"The new structure will also create a more transparent and accountable process that will ensure greater financial rigour is placed on the key land development activities.
"The planning and development functions will remain, and the focus on key areas such as regional development and urban renewal projects will continue.
"The agencies will continue to operate in their current form during the transition period while we work on the legal and structural changes that need to be implemented.
"However, during the transition period a focus will be on creating a financially sustainable entity, noting the former government's financial mismanagement of the MRA.
"Announcements on the new board appointments will made in due course."
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