Tourism hubs for re­gion

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - LOOKLOCALWA.COM.AU -

THE State Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced plans to turn the Perth Hills and Pick­er­ing Brook ar­eas into tourism hubs.

Tourism WA will as­sist a task­force to es­tab­lish a new plan­ning and tourism strat­egy for the re­gion.

The task­force will ex­am­ine is­sues such as a re­ju­ve­nated town cen­tre for Pick­er­ing Brook, ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties, di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion op­tions for ex­ist­ing hor­ti­cul­tural busi­nesses and brand­ing for the Perth Hills.

Tourism Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia said the re­gion was a fan­tas­tic as­set for the Perth met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

“Pick­er­ing Brook and sur­round­ing ar­eas have some truly unique at­trac­tions that form a key part of our Tourism WA cam­paigns,” he said.

“Cel­e­brat­ing WA’s gourmet food and wine is a key part of our tourism TwoYear Ac­tion Plan and the Perth Hills is the per­fect place to in­dulge in qual­ity pro­duce, whether it’s hav­ing a drink from a lo­cal cidery or pick­ing your own straw­ber­ries from a nearby farm.”

Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said she was aware of the chal­lenges fac­ing or­chardists in the re­gion and the gov­ern­ment would work with them to best cap­i­talise on the re­gion’s po­ten­tial.

“I grew up on a fam­ily or­chard and know just how beau­ti­ful this place can be,” she said.

“The need for plan­ning cer­tainty is paramount, as is the need to strike the right bal­ance be­tween re­tain­ing pri­or­ity agri­cul­tural land and al­low­ing new busi­nesses to flour­ish.”

Ex­ist­ing landown­ers, or­chardists and lo­cal gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives will all be in­volved in the task­force’s con­sul­ta­tion phase.

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