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Swan Valley Tourism Alliance chair John Rex said the alliance was excited with the progress of the project.

Swan Valley hub takes next step

THE community is helping to shape a new hub for art, culture and heritage in the Swan Valley.

More than 60 public comments received on the proposed new Cultural and Heritage Centre will now be used by the City of Swan to inform the next phase of the engagement process which includes small group interviews and a workshop with key stakeholders.

City of Swan deputy mayor Mel Congerton said comments from the public and local tourism industry leaders would provide valued input on the need, uses, services and locations of the new attraction.

“The City would like to achieve a clear community consensus on their vision for the project, so it can assess its future direction in an informed manner, and advocate for further support as required,” he said.

Swan Valley Tourism Alliance chair John Rex said the alliance was excited with the progress of the project after first approaching the City and local members with the idea two years ago.

“The Swan Valley is such a special place,” he said.

“Western Australia wouldn’t exist without the Swan Valley because that’s where Captain James Stirling identified the soil being so rich, it really is the birth of Western Australia and needs to be recognised as such.”

The centre proposal envisions a welcoming place dedicated to art, culture and heritage along with a celebration and promotion of local offerings, dining, produce and products with an aim to amplify, complement and support businesses without duplicating or competing with existing commercial activity.

The community survey was secured by Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw and funded through Tourism WA.

“For years now, people in the Swan Valley have told me they want a community asset that will enable us to express our culture and heritage values, share our history, showcase our produce, promote our vibrant tourism sector and come together for events,” Ms Shaw said.

“The trouble is, there are differing opinions about where this facility should be located, what it should do and how it should be operated.

“I think it’s important to build consensus and give all stakeholders the opportunity to share their views.”

Outcomes of the community feedback and workshops are expected to be made public on September 12.

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One comment

  1. I do think this statement is a big stretch.
    “Western Australia wouldn’t exist without the Swan Valley because that’s where Captain James Stirling identified the soil being so rich, it really is the birth of Western Australia and needs to be recognised as such.”

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