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    Local Councils Encouraged To Support Businesses By Fast Tracking Planning Applications | REIWA

    REIWA commends the McGowan Government’s statement to local councils, encouraging them to come together and support local businesses and development projects, in a bid to help withstand the economic struggles that we are facing.  

    Specifically, the State Government is asking local councils to use discretion in planning processes to promote and support businesses, and fast tracking the assessment of development applications.  

    REIWA President Damian Collins said now is not the time for local councils to delay and put disruptions on projects, it’s a chance for them to be leaders in helping businesses and communities to thrive in this difficult time.  

    “By ensuring these key developments across Western Australia are fast tracked, where possible, means businesses can be kept open, current jobs are sustained and more jobs are created,” Mr Collins said.  

    “The more that we can do to support businesses to operate during these uncertain times and support our economy, means the state will be in a better financial position when we start to reopen businesses and get back on track." 

    Commercial tenancies

    In addition to supporting WA businesses, the Premier Mark McGowan announced there will be a statement released in coming days to stop commercial landlords evicting retail tenants.  

    “REIWA understands the government’s position and will support them where we can, yet safeguards are needed to ensure that landlords do not find themselves in financial hardship as a result,” Mr Collins said. 

    “Many landlords are willing to help tenants as they rely on them being in that space again when they reopen, however REIWA is urging the government to come to the party with financial support rather than simply put the burden on landlords.” 

    More information

    During this uncertain time the State and Federal Government need to ensure housing security. Read more on what we are asking them to do to support our industry. 

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