Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Popular coastal destinations under the spotlight

    11/12/2015 9:00 AM
    • Coastal Towns and Settlements Cabinet Sub-committee work now concluded after identifying key areas for action
    • Planning for coastal communities to ensure tourism potential is key consideration
    • Sub-committee investigated access issues, services, infrastructure, land tenure and other issues preventing development at selected sites

    A State Cabinet sub-committee established in June 2014 has met for the final time after identifying a series of measures that could unlock the potential of popular holiday and fishing settlements along the Western Australian coast.


    The Coastal Towns and Settlements Cabinet Sub-committee was mandated to report on how select coastal sites should be managed into the future.


    Deputy Premier and chair Kim Hames said the sub-committee targeted areas recognised for their tourism potential, aquatic and agricultural significance, and community appeal, but which have previously met hurdles to development.


    "If you look at the Abrolhos Islands for example, it's a stunning location with a lot of potential but it was never designed as a tourism destination so any future development needs checks and balances in place to protect the surrounding environment," Dr Hames said.


    "The work of the sub-committee will ensure there is a co-ordinated approach to some of the issues faced, so coastal sites can maintain their appeal but develop responsibly and sustainably and be enjoyed by visitors for years to come."


    The Deputy Premier said the sub-committee investigated issues such as governance, planning and management, with a focus on Coral Bay, the Abrolhos Islands and coastal communities and areas between Augusta and Esperance.


    "Long-term planning must consider and not compromise the potential for tourism development in these locations," he said.


    "There must also be an understanding of environmental integrity, residential interests, what services are required, what agricultural and marine-based activities are popular, and suitable site access.


    "One example of this thinking is the Coral Bay Settlement Structure Plan 2014."


    The Deputy Premier said the final meeting of the Coastal Towns and Settlements Cabinet Sub-committee took place in August 2015, and it was now the responsibility of Ministers for relevant portfolios to consider and progress the actions outlined in the report.


    Fact File

    • Coral Bay Settlement Structure Plan 2014 was approved by State Cabinet on February 16, 2015

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