He welcomed the recommendation to the State Government that the Valley be preserved ‘as an agricultural zone, with particular emphasis on agritourism and viticulture and equestrian lifestyle pursuits’.
‘We do hope that the Minister for Planning will take these recommendations largely on board,’ Mr Griffiths said.
He said the original land capability study from the Department of Agriculture and Food should be revisited, to take into account current circumstances.
‘Different parts of the Swan Valley were zoned differently, so we welcome a review of the Swan Valley Planning Act and, as part of that process, the value of the end product should be considered in a new capability study,’ he said. ‘We think it should take into account the value of the wine, not just the value of the grapes.’
West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti said she was disappointed the report ‘does not really map out a path forward’.
‘It’s taken over two years for the Department to get to this point and there is very little in detail,’ she said.
‘The State Government is due to respond (to the recommendations) early next year and I look forward to a prompt and more detailed plan.’
City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said council was yet to discuss the report.
‘The City will continue to work with the Department of Planning and the WA Planning Commission to develop a viable future for the Valley,’ he said.