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A review of the planning framework for development in the Swan Valley is now complete and open for public comment.

Comment sought on Swan Valley

A REVIEW of the planning framework for development in the Swan Valley is now complete and open for public comment.

The review carried out by former Labor politician John Kobelke sourced views from more than 620 Swan Valley residents and landowners through a community survey.

Planning Minister and West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti said the review had investigated issues close to the heart of the Swan Valley community.

“The previous government failed to recognise key issues in their Swan Valley plan and did not address matters important to the future viability of the Swan Valley as a viticultural region and a key tourism destination,’’ she said.

“These issues include right to farm provisions and the allocation of water. 

“I look forward to considering views received on the recommendations for the future land use planning of this diverse region.

“The strong community interest in the review reflects the need to prioritise a solution for the region’s future.

 “I intend to present the State Government’s response to the report by September 30.”

She said consultation for the independent review of the Swan Valley planning framework started in August last year.

“The review involved more than 50 face-to-face interviews and a survey completed by more than a third of the Swan Valley community, reflecting the importance of future planning.’’

The Report to the Minister for Planning: An independent review of Swan Valley planning includes a range of recommendations to help the Minister consider future land use planning for Western Australia’s oldest viticulture region.

The recommendations focus on maintaining a balance between agriculture and tourism in the Swan Valley, establishing a single body to guide planning in the region and future development guidelines. 

Comments on the report will inform improvements to the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995.

The report can be viewed online at https://www.planning.wa.gov.au/swan-valley-plan

She said Swan Valley residents would be written to directly and encouraged to provide feedback until Friday, July 20.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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