Val­ley cash boost a ‘great op­por­tu­nity’

South Western Times - - State Budget 2017 -

THE Ferguson Val­ley Mar­ket­ing and Pro­mo­tions as­so­ci­a­tion has wel­comed a cash boost for tourism in the re­gion as part of to­day’s State Bud­get.

Among a raft of an­nounce­ments made last week by Premier Mark McGowan was a com­mit­ment of $300,000 to pro­mote Ferguson Val­ley and Welling­ton For­est as tourist des­ti­na­tions.

Welling­ton For­est Food, Wine and Cot­tages owner and as­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Wendy Per­don said the in­clu­sion pro­vided the re­gion with a “great op­por­tu­nity”.

“The an­nounce­ment is re­ally ex­cit­ing and what it will al­low us to do is re­ally put Ferguson Val­ley on the map,” Mrs Per­don said.

“A lot of peo­ple come here and say ‘why haven’t I ever heard of this place?’

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to re­ally grow the tourism in­dus­try of Ferguson Val­ley.”

The not-for-profit as­so­ci­a­tion was formed with the goal to pro­mote Ferguson Val­ley and was suc­cess­ful in its bid to get fund­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment.

While Mrs Per­don ad­mit­ted the money was not a “huge” amount, she said it was a good start­ing point in a com­pet­i­tive in­dus­try.

“It is what we re­quested and it al­lows us to show what we can be,” she said.

“La­bor is so com­mit­ted to in­creas­ing the econ­omy and new jobs, so this ticks all the boxes.

“It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult with tourism . . . but so many peo­ple are look­ing for a new des­ti­na­tion.”

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Ferguson Val­ley Mar­ket­ing and Pro­mo­tions as­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Wendy Per­don takes in her Welling­ton For­est Food, Wine and Cot­tages sur­round­ings as she wel­comes the State Bud­get com­mit­ment.

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