Have say on Val­ley plans

COM­MENT SOUGHT ON RE­VIEW

The Advocate (Perth) - - WHAT'S ON -

AN in­de­pen­dent re­view of the Swan Val­ley plan­ning frame­work is now out for pub­lic com­ment.

The re­view by former La­bor politician John Ko­belke started in 2017, with views sought on mat­ters af­fect­ing the fu­ture of the Swan Val­ley.

The re­view in­volved more than 50 face-to-face in­ter­views and a sur­vey com­pleted by more than a third of the Swan Val­ley com­mu­nity, re­flect­ing the im­por­tance of fu­ture plan­ning.

The re­view rec­om­mended main­tain­ing a balance be­tween agri­cul­ture and tourism in the re­gion, es­tab­lish­ing a sin­gle body to guide plan­ning and fu­ture de­vel­op­ment guide­lines.

Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the re­view in­ves­ti­gated is­sues close to the heart of the com­mu­nity.

“The pre­vi­ous govern­ment failed to recog­nise the key is­sues in their Swan Val­ley plan and did not ad­dress mat­ters im­por­tant to the fu­ture vi­a­bil­ity of the Swan Val­ley as a viti­cul­tural re­gion and a key tourism des­ti­na­tion,” she said.

“Th­ese is­sues in­clude the right to farm pro­vi­sions and the al­lo­ca­tion of wa­ter.

“I look for­ward to con­sid­er­ing views re­ceived on the rec­om­men­da­tions for the fu­ture land use plan­ning of this di­verse re­gion.”

Ms Saf­fi­oti will present the State Govern­ment’s re­sponse to the re­port by Sep­tem­ber 30.

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