FORMER WA Chief Scientist Lyn Beazley believes the Peel Region is the best place to live on the planet.
“We are doing a great job here with a wonderful product,’’ she told participants in Peel Mature Learning Association’s Summer School at the Fish Trap Theatre.
“People don’t need to go down south, we have it all in the Peel.’’
But Professor Beazley, who was discussing opportunities for the future, said there were several ways to make it even better and eco-tourism was the way to go.
She mentioned the rare orchids to be found in the Peel.
“We can do so much more to sell what we have but we need experts to show visitors the beauty that is there,’’ she said.
“There is a Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury and people travel to Monkey Mia to see the dolphins but we have dolphins and I would love to see us setting up an environmental and information centre in the Peel.
“Twitchers (bird watchers) travel around the world to see the birds but we have an amazing resource here.
“Why go up to Shark Bay to see the stromatolites when we have our own unique thrombolites just down the road at Lake Clifton.
“We also have the best night sky in the world and could have Indigenous people, whose ancestors travelled by the stars, interpreting the stars for us and telling stories.
“The things we could do if we had an eco-tourism centre.”
Prof Beazley said she would love to see schools become carbon neutral.
And a science fair for Mandurah?
“If Kwinana can host one, why can’t we?’’ she asked.
Prof Beazley also put forward a range of suggested opportunities in selling agriculture, education, marine science and hospitality as well as expansion of the Murdoch University Campus and nodes for other Perth-based universities.