WARRA has organised an open forum discussion and invited the Shadow Minister for Planning the Hon Tjorn Sibma and other guests to discuss the State Oppositions plan to create an office of the Planning Ombudsman.
The Hon. Tjorn Sibma recently announced a plan to combat the systemic issues to be found within the West Australian Planning System, The plan includes the creation of an independent Office of the Planning Ombudsman for `restoring balance` and to `make sure that it is fair, transparent and works in our long term interest`
Whilst WARRA welcome any discussion concerning much needed planning reform, Is an Ombudsman enough? can it work? will it have any teeth? - what about 3rd Party Appeal Rights? - is this a `plan` or is this Liberal Party policy? - can an ombudsman actually introduce procedural fairness or is it already doomed to become more window dressing?
We are confident that you have more questions than these, and community representatives and groups are invited to join us to hear stories outlining where and how the current planning system fails the community and what you think should be done about it.
WARRA have invited 6 speakers representing varied communities across the Perth Metro region highlighting various failings of the planning system that require immediate attention, our community representatives are;