State Cabi­net comes to town

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

PREMIER Colin Bar­nett was in Mid­land ear­lier this week for a Cabi­net meet­ing with col­leagues in the Town Hall and a num­ber of new an­nounce­ments.

Mr Bar­nett met mem­bers of the Swan Cham­ber of Com­merce for a break­fast with lo­cal gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives and said he was de­lighted to work with such a proac­tive com­mu­nity.

“The Hos­pi­tal opened one year ago in Mid­land and it is great to see how well-used it is and it now em­ploys 1600 peo­ple in the area,” he said.

“We will be an­nounc­ing the open­ing of the Curtin Univer­sity Med­i­cal School and this will be Perth’s third med­i­cal school to of­fer nurs­ing, phys­io­ther­apy, sci­ences and other re­lated cour­ses and it will com­mence the con­struc­tion mid-next year.

“The Swan Val­ley is the jewel in the crown of the Perth tourism mar­ket and the area should be de­vel­oped and pro­moted for fu­ture in­dus­try.”

Mr Bar­nett said he hoped the City of Swan would work closely with the State Gov­ern­ment to beau­tify the Swan Val­ley and make it pre­sentable for tourism in the fu­ture.

“It’s close to the air­port and bit by bit the Gov­ern­ment is try­ing to re­peal leg­is­la­tion which is tied up in red tape be­cause we want to re­move these un­nec­es­sary blocks to de­vel­op­ing new busi­ness,” he said.

Swan Cham­ber of Com­merce vice-pres­i­dent Graeme Har­ris said he was ex­cited to see a 30-year vi­sion come to fruition in the area.

“If we can just build a bridge across the Hazelmere area, which is vi­tal to ex­pand the re­gion and this can be a pri­or­ity it will help lo­cal busi­ness enor­mously,” he said.

Mr Bar­nett also flagged pos­si­bly mov­ing gov­ern­ment agen­cies to the re­gion that would add to fu­ture growth.

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