Local councils encouraged to fast-track community improvement projects

Local councils encouraged to fast-track community improvement projects
Friday 5 June 2020

The WAPC is inviting governments to apply to use cash contributions collected from developers to undertake improvement works on open space, community facilities and infrastructure.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti is encouraging local governments to fast-track community infrastructure projects to help support small businesses and local jobs during Western Australia's economic recovery from COVID-19.

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is inviting governments to apply to use cash contributions collected from developers to undertake improvement works on open space, community facilities and infrastructure.

Under the State's planning framework, developers progressing a subdivision can be granted permission to provide cash payments to local governments for reinvestment in public open spaces, in lieu of setting aside land in a subdivision. 

As the State responds to the impacts of COVID-19, greater flexibility will be provided to local councils to reinvest these funds to help kick-start local economies.

This initiative will inject essential activity into local economies, bringing forward community works overseen by local governments and providing contracts for local businesses and much-needed jobs for Western Australians.

Community-enriching projects funded via this program in the past have included sporting facility upgrades, nature-based playgrounds, skate parks and recreation centre improvements.

Opportunities to refurbish or replace ageing community infrastructure in those areas such as toilet blocks, shade structures, barbecues, cycle paths and footpaths will also be considered.

Read the media statement

View the new Position Statement - Expenditure of Cash-in-Lieu of Public Open Space

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