THE Swan Valley Planning Committee (SVPC) is opposed to having an interactive dinosaur museum in Middle Swan as they believe it will negatively affect 'the character of the rural area.'
The proposed museum, estimated to cost $4.1 million, would be located next to Houghton Winery on Great Northern Highway.
The SVPC has advised the City of Swan and the WA Planning Commission on land use planning and development, in accordance with the objectives of the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995.
The Act ensures the protection of the Swan Valley’s rural character and viticulture industry.
Swan mayor Charlie Zannino, who is also the SVPC president, said while it was a great concept, the potential impact on the viticulture industry would need to be investigated.
‘First and foremost, council will need to see if (the development) complies with the objectives of the Swan Valley Planning Act,’ he said.
‘Tourism-wise it would certainly generate a lot of interest and bring a lot of people in.
‘The location is right next door to Houghton’s vineyards and there’s always the prospect of spray drift, dust and noise or other things that people could have issues with.’
The City received the application for the park on a 4.5ha vacant block bounded by Septimus View on its northern and eastern sides last month.
The park is expected to be a little like Palmersaurus, the dinosaur theme park that controversial Federal MP Clive Palmer spent a small fortune developing in Queensland.
The Middle Swan venture includes plans for animated dinosaur displays, a fossil discovery and education centre, a skeleton display, and an interactive museum that will include artefacts, as well as a cafe and outdoor play area.
There will also be a 36-seat cinema to show short 5D dinosaur movie clips.
So far, the proposal has divided residents’ opinions.
Comments at www.inmycommunity.com.au have indicated support, while one local who spoke to The Advocate said a children’s attraction was inappropriate in a wine region.