PLANNING Minister Rita Saffioti has suspended the previous State Government’s process to replace the outdated Swan Valley Planning Act 1995.
She has asked the Department of Planning to review the Swan Valley Protection Bill and associated draft development plan, which lapsed at the end of the last Parliament.
The review will include:
– Options to improve support for viticulture.
– Strengthening the role of the Swan Valley Planning Committee, which was to be abolished in the previous Government’s proposed legislation.
– More consultation to reflect views in the Swan Valley.
– More co-ordinated and sustained tourism strategy, overseen by Tourism WA.
Water availability and allocations, compatible land use and appropriate development options will also be considered.
“The Swan Valley’s significance as a centre for cultural and viticultural tourism should continue to be nurtured, without eroding the rights of local communities,” Ms Rita Saffioti said.
“The key is to create the right balance between social and economic imperatives. We can and will go about this in a fair and sustainable manner.
“We will ensure that the people who have lived there for generations and who have made the Swan Valley what it is today, have their say about the future of this highly valued region.
“We remain committed to preserving the Swan Valley’s historical and cultural heritage for future generations.
“The previous Government oversaw long delays to Swan Valley reform but the… Government will prioritise a solution.”