ARALUEN Botanic Park’s future is secure for the next 10 years after a new long-term management plan was announced on Monday.
The existing ongoing year-to-year management approach had left Araluen Botanic Park Foundation members and volunteers in constant doubt about the park’s future, but that doubt has eased after yesterday’s announcement.
The new 10-year management agreement will give the Foundation more certainty and autonomy to run the popular tourist attraction.
Owned by the State Government and managed by the Araluen Botanic Park Foundation, the park will also have its annual funding increased from $850,000 a year to $1.05m a year, as well as a one-off boost of $300,000.
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 with 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.”