A STRATEGY positioning the Peel as the premier region for the expansion of the equine industry in WA has been developed and launched by the Peel Development Commission.
Commission chair Paddi Creevey said the strategy recommended initiatives for investment and development to support future growth of a thriving industry.
“The horse industry contributes an estimated $175.9 million to the local economy and provides 1547 jobs in the Peel region, ranging from racing and recreational pursuits to breeders, vets, farriers etc,’’ she said.
“It is a thriving industry ingrained in the region’s history and culture and imperative we plan to ensure its sustainability and prosperity.
“A number of agencies have a role to play in fostering a strong and resilient equine industry.
“There is opportunity for town planning and policy decisions to capitalise on the presence of existing Peel equine assets such as the Murray Regional Equestrian Centre as hubs of horse activity, we can further boost tourism events such as regional eventing, dressage and other competitions and promote our network of horse trails to attract visitors.”
The strategy also targets infrastructure investment projects that will increase sporting and recreational participation and stimulate local businesses and jobs.
The racing sector employs 789 and the non-racing sector 758 with the majority of facilities and businesses located in the shires of Murray and Serpentine-Jarrahdale.