WEST Australian Lands Minister Terry Redman last week announced the State Government had adopted the 'Unsolicited Bids Guideline for the Sale or Lease of State-Owned Land' after extensive consultation with stakeholders and the community.
The guideline has been developed to provide a transparent and consistent framework to deal with unsolicited bids received through the Government's Land Asset Sales Program based on the approach adopted in other jurisdictions in Australia.
Mr Redman said unsolicited bids provided a mechanism for governments to access the private sector's expertise and innovative ideas for the benefit of the community.
"The Government is committed to promoting transparent and competitive processes in the sale or lease of State-owned land, and ensuring unsolicited proposals put to it are appropriately assessed on public interest grounds," he said.
"We also recognise that circumstances may occasionally arise where it may be beneficial to deal exclusively with one party outside of a competitive process. For example, when the land is not required for core Government business or will have a beneficial impact on the community or environment.
"This new guideline could potentially open up new development opportunities across the State.
"All unsolicited bids would be subject to thorough Government approvals processes and require State Cabinet approval.
"As Western Australia's economy and population grows, so does the demand for land and this Government is committed to unlocking the potential of its Crown land holdings to accommodate this growth."
More information is available from the Department of Lands website at <http://www.lands.wa.gov.au/Crown-Land/Land-Asset-Sales/Pages/default.aspx>.