Avon Valley Gazette - - OPINION -

PO Box 352, Mid­land WA 6936 12, Old Great North­ern High­way, Mid­land WA 6056 SINCE the Pre­mier has pulled back from forced amal­ga­ma­tions, as a prac­ti­cal al­ter­na­tive to go­ing back into our shell and tun­ing-out, we could use this as a wake-up op­por­tu­nity to take a fresh look at al­ter­na­tives that could be pos­i­tive and help­ful to the com­mu­nity and build our lo­cal econ­omy.

The lo­cal­i­ties around Kala­munda we call “Home in the For­est” are rich in nat­u­ral and rare bio­di­ver­sity, a per­fect area to at­tract tourism.

Se­condly, peo­ple living and work­ing full- time in the rapidly grow­ing, in­tense high-den­sity of ur­ban Perth will des­per­ately need to get out of the city, breathe fresh Hills air and be im­mersed in a fully nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Our area of mag­nif­i­cent nat­u­ral Dar­ling Scarp-land is ideal, clos­est to Perth City and in­ter­na­tional air­port, with a di­rect rail link to both open­ing shortly.

We should hold out a hand of friend­ship to Mun­dar­ing and to the grow­ers and oth­ers close by who would have much to gain from lo­cal and in-bound tourism busi­ness.

Mun­dar­ing should not need to join Mid­land that has en­tirely dif­fer­ent set of ur­ban chal­lenges.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment ef­fi­ciency would ben­e­fit from some in­crease in scale and eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, in part­ner­ship with ad­ja­cent com­mu­ni­ties, but with sim­i­lar eco­nomic in­ter­ests and chal­lenges.

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