Araluen here to stay Jessica Nico
PLAN TO SECURE PARK’S FUTURE
ARALUEN Botanic Park’s future is secure for the next 10 years after a new long-term management plan was announced last week.
The previous year-to-year management approach had left Araluen Botanic Park Foundation members and volunteers in constant doubt about the park’s future, but that uncertainty has eased after the State Government announcement.
The new 10-year management agreement will give the Foundation more certainty and autonomy to run the popular tourist attraction.
The park, which is owned by the State Government and managed by the Araluen Botanic Park Foundation, will also have its annual funding increased from $850,000 to $1.05 million a year, as well as a one-off boost of $300,000.
An Araluen Botanic Park Foundation spokeswoman said they were “delighted” about the longterm lease and it was an exciting time in Araluen’s history.
“The Premier’s announcement for a long-term lease provides the Foundation with the opportunity to be able to pursue sponsorship opportunities and further improve the unique ambience of the Park and gardens,” she said.
“We will continue to develop promotion strategies utilising the latest technology to promote the Perth Hills region and encourage visitation to the park.
“The $300,000 is set aside for capital works projects which have to be approved by the WA Planning Commission.
“No applications have been made yet. However, the Foundation would like to improve some roads and pathways.”
WA Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the agreement would start from July 1, with strategies for event attraction and long-term tourism also to be developed.
“The Foundation met myself and (Armadale MLA) Tony Buti last year and it is great to see the WA Planning Commission has confirmed the new arrangement in recent weeks,” she said.
“I am so pleased to be able to remove the cloud that has hung over the park’s future by securing this tenure arrangement that will guarantee funding for at least 10 years. This contribution will help to grow the Araluen experience, create local jobs and enhance the tourism offerings within the park.”
A 10-year management plan has been announced for Araluen.