ADVOCACY / PAST ACTIVITIES
Unsustainable commercial property prices as a result of the most recent mining boom had the effect in the past of pricing-out government agencies from their physical in the Pilbara. Now that these prices have eased, government agencies should reconsider the feasibility of returning to the Pilbara.
The Royalties for Regions and the Pilbara Cities vision of the Pilbara is one that sees a bright future, a vibrant and flourishing community and normalised markets. These State Government investments, guided now by the Pilbara Development Commission’s Investment Blueprint, seek to develop the Pilbara’s sophistication and community centeredness so that it is transformed into a place to live, work and invest.
It follows that given the normalisation of the commercial property market, those government agencies and service providers who may have been price-out of the Pilbara in the past may find the region more financially viable now. In keeping with the State Government’s vision for the region, re-establishing regional offices under a colocation of government services model would be a strong investment in the local economy.
Colocation of government agencies in the Perth Metropolitan Region, such as 140 William Street Perth, has shown that not only is access to government improved, but interagency cooperation is supported as well.
Regional agency and service delivery ‘hubs’ could double as community centres, youth centres, seniors participation and care zones. State and Local Government could share properties under cooperative leasing arrangements, benefitting residents through lower overheads and more personal delivery of regional services. Preferential rates could be developed to ensure sufficient rates income to local government as well as financial viability for long-term physical presence.
That a commitment to be made to: