THEY stood in the Swan Valley at Olive Farm Wines waiting to welcome the Federal Opposition spokesman for tourism and infrastructure.
Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino, chief executive Mike Foley and fourth generation winemaker Anthony Yurisich looked across the vines to Great Northern Highway to see Anthony Albanese’s white “Comm” car turn in.
Before bringing the former Deputy PM into the Cheese Barrel cafe at WA’s oldest established winery, Cr Zannino invited Mr Albanese to look back toward the main road.
He wanted to point out all the trucks that would be eventually diverted from the Swan Valley through the bypass Mr Albanese’s former Government had funded.
Mr Albanese had agreed to be guest at the City of Swan’s breakfast on Tuesday for tourism representatives during the City’s recent annual delegation to Canberra to talk up the region.
“We are very pleased with the support he has given us and continues to give us,” Cr Zannino told the breakfast.
“It should be noted that Mr Albanese was instrumental in allocating the Federal funding for the early construction of the Perth Darwin Highway, now known as Northlink WA, which will finally divert heavy traffic and road trains out of the Swan Valley, strengthening it as a major tourism precinct,” he said.
Cr Zannino spoke of the City being a leader in tourism development and of the Swan Valley as one of the City’s two significant tourist destinations, the other being historic Guildford.
“Last year the Swan Valley celebrated 180 years of winemaking so it is fitting we’re at Olive Farm Wines, WA’s oldest established winery,” he said.