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WA Labor’s Tourism spokesman Paul Papalia, leader Mark McGowan, Swan Hills candidate Jessica Shaw and West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti.

Plan for Swan Valley board

WA Labor has committed to reviewing and finalising the Swan Valley Development Plan and legislation if it wins government at the March 11 State Election.

On Saturday, February 25 West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti said WA Labor would take the community’s concerns into account when finalising the legislation.

Ms Saffioti said the Liberal Government had eight years to finalise new legislation for the Swan Valley, yet only introduced a bill in the final months of last year.

“The Liberal Government’s last minute legislation was to also remove the Swan Valley Planning Committee reducing the voice of the local community and stakeholders,’’ she said.

“Many Swan Valley residents and producers have voiced their concern at this measure.

“Importantly, WA Labor’s plan includes a new Swan Valley State Government Board to ensure the views of local stakeholders are heard.

“A McGowan Labor Government will support viticulture in the Swan Valley, including assessing the current regulatory and legislative costs for local growers and producers.”

She said WA Labor would also work with the water Corporation to ensure the Swan Valley’s agricultural land was given sufficient priority in relation to water allocations.

“Additionally, WA Labor’s plan includes the development of a coordinated and sustained tourism strategy for the Swan Valley, administered by Tourism WA.

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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