24 community groups have gathered at the WA Parliament to rally against what they believe is a skewed planning system. Civil actions like making phone calls and writing letters expressing their views are no longer working. Local Development Assessment Panel (LDAP) meetings are normalizing “confrontational” behaviours, often lacking respect for community members. (Stirling Times, 7 Nov 2018). As we are witnessing, city planning systems are developers centered, often infiltrated by inappropriate development sympathizers making key decisions in state and local planning matters.
WA councils’ normalised-behaviours and practices – bullying, intimidation and persecution; unethical and inappropriate planning decisions and outcomes, lacking transparency and accountability in council decision making, etc. These threads of lacking good governance are not surprising as they are very common across all states/territories. The Royal Commission Inquiry into Banks and the Financial Services sector already confirmed that when lacking good governance conduct prevails, unethical, fraudulent and corruption decision making and practices easily become the daily norms. Councils exposed to poor governance leadership are no exceptions to what had happened in our banking and finance sector.
Perhaps at the next election, there should be a nationally rally for governance and planning reforms in local governments.