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Community engagement key to eliminate NIMBYs

Conflict and controversy surrounding ambitious or large-scale developments can be best avoided by involving the community at all stages of the planning process, according to new analysis of some of Perth’s most historically contentious projects.

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The outcomes from this report are not rocket science. PropertyESP and marketing firm SMR were involved in a number of contentious projects including the rezoning of Gidgegannup Town Centre and A-class reserve land on the Belmont foreshore. You need to get out of the mindset that the community should come to you and venture out into the community, that way you hear a wide range of opinions and empower those who say 'yes'. What needs to change is that the consultation process is led by a communications expert, not a planner.

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