ABN Group Managing Director Dale Alcock has praised the McGowan Government following its announcement of major reforms to simplify Western Australia’s planning system and boost the State’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

“These are “once-in-a-lifetime” reforms and will no doubt result in excellent outcomes for Western Australia,” Mr Alcock said.

The State Government’s planning reform package includes 26 key reform items, including a new development application process for significant, job-creating projects for the next 18 months to provide immediate support for the State’s economic recovery.

“I am fully supportive and very appreciative of the efforts of both Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Planning Rita Saffioti, together with the senior staff of the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC), for seizing the opportunity to advocate for, and create, such worthwhile reforms,” Mr Alcock said.

“These amendments will substantially attract more projects, create more jobs and assist in stimulating our economy – it’s a much-needed boost at the right time,” he said.

Mr Alcock added that ABN Group is extremely well positioned to benefit from the reforms.

“Deeming developments valued at $30 million and greater as projects of State significance – as well as providing a streamlined, efficient and effective approval process – will provide a massive boost to ABN Group and businesses across WA,” he said.

“ABN Group prides itself on the delivery of strong, high quality development outcomes, including commercial, apartment and office projects – the reform of WA’s planning system will be of significant support to our pipeline of work over the next 18 months.”

“The temporary change in approval authority to WAPC will also enable the State Government to prioritise projects that have investment certainty, are well designed and are ready for construction to commence – ABN Group is in the enviable position in that we tick all those boxes and are ready to take full advantage of the new reforms,” Mr Alcock added.