On 13 September 2019, the Minister for Regional Development announced the appointment of an independent consultant, Mr Ross Love, to lead the consultation on the development of terms and administrative arrangements for a proposed Port Hedland Voluntary Buy-back Scheme (PHVBS). The PHVBS has been proposed in recognition that owners of residential properties in Port Hedland’s West End are uniquely impacted by proposed planning changes proposed as part of the West End Improvement Plan No. 50. The PHVBS covers residential properties within the Improvement Plan area.
The Pilbara Development Commission is providing administrative support to Mr Love. This page has been created to provide general information about Mr Love’s consultation process. For further information, please call (08) 6551 7500 or email email@example.com.
Approximately 770 letters have been sent to the owners of residential properties within West End Improvement Plan No. 50, inviting them to attend the following meetings.
Click on the following links to open Mr Love's updates from engagement sessions held to date and the Powerpoint slides he presented.
1. What is the purpose of the Port Hedland Voluntary Buy-back Scheme?
The State Government is consulting on the development of the scheme in response to the recommendations of the Port Hedland Dust Management Taskforce Report which it released August 2017. The Taskforce Report found that there was no immediate risk to health posed by dust from mining industry in the West End. However, it did recommend planning changes to restrict further residential expansion in parts of the West End.
The State Government is responding to the recommendations of the Taskforce Report, in part by developing the Port Hedland Voluntary Buy-back Scheme which recognises the fact that the owners of residential properties covered by Port Hedland’s West End Improvement Plan No. 50 between Taplin Street and the Port will be impacted by recent and future planning legislation.
2. How will the terms and arrangements for the proposed Scheme be developed?
Landowners and interested parties within the West End Improvement Plan No. 50 are being informed and engaged in an open and transparent way on the terms and administrative arrangements for the PHVBS. An independent consultant has been appointed by the Government to lead engagement, and a series of information and engagement meetings are underway. Anyone with an interest in the PHVBS has opportunity to attend and provide feedback.
3. What area will the Port Hedland Voluntary Buy-back Scheme apply to?
It is proposed that the Scheme will apply to residential properties within the West End Improvement Plan 50 area between Taplin Street and the Port. A map of this area is included in the Plan, which can be downloaded here.
4. Why are only residential properties being considered for the PHVBS?
Engagement on the proposed PHVBS is being conducted in an information and engagement process to understand appetite for, and concerns about, the PHVBS and to develop draft recommendations for Government. Currently, the properties under consideration for the PHVBS are residential properties within West End Improvement Plan 50 between Taplin Street and the Port.
5. How do residential land owners and interested parties not in Port Hedland keep themselves informed about the PHVBS?
The Commission’s website will include the presentations and meeting updates from the information and engagement sessions. The updates will include the questions, answers, statements and responses for that session. Residential land owners can ask further questions of the PHVBS or meet with the Consultant in Perth. These enquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or (08) 6551 7500.