An overhaul of the way developers are charged for their share of local government and community infrastructure needs to include an independent umpire, more clarity about costs and a panel of experts to support those charged with managing landowners’ money, according to a joint WA property industry submission. Real Estate Institute of Western Australia, the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA WA), the Property Council of Australia WA have joined forces to outline how developer contributions can be better managed in their response to the draft State Planning Policy 3.6: Infrastructure Contributions. The trio said they were pleased the State Government was listening to their concerns. Getting it right is important, the industry says, because the cost of new infrastructure is ultimately passed on to new home buyers. UDIA WA Chief Executive Tanya Steinbeck, Property Council WA Executive Director Sandra Brewer and REIWA President Damian Collins welcomed the draft policy but stressed the need for clarity about the rules, compliance and enforcement, equity between developer and local government contributions and the necessity for yet-to-be-approved developer contribution schemes to be aligned with the new policy. UDIA WA's Ms Steinbeck said there was millions of dollars in unspent developer contribution funds sitting in local government bank accounts that should be spent on required community infrastructure.