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PLAN TO SE­CURE PARK’S FU­TURE

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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.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483629

A 10-year man­age­ment plan has been an­nounced for Araluen.

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