Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Planning; Disability Services

    New Bill to protect Swan Valley for future generations

    25/08/2016 6:15 PM
    • Legislation to preserve character of the Swan Valley
    • Greater protection for agricultural and tourism activities 

    Planning Minister Donna Faragher this afternoon introduced The Swan Valley Protection Bill 2016 into State Parliament.


    Mrs Faragher said the Bill would preserve the attributes that made the Swan Valley unique and ensured its sustainable growth for the benefit of future generations.


    "The Liberal National Government recognises the importance of the Swan Valley and is committed to maintaining its rural, agricultural and tourism attributes," she said.


    "The Swan Valley is an important part of Perth's natural and cultural landscape.


    "This legislation provides a simpler framework for the regulation of development in the Swan Valley to more effectively protect the valley's rural character."


    The Bill will give effect to the Swan Valley Development Plan, which can be used by developers and proponents when preparing applications.


    The Minister said the draft Swan Valley Development Plan was released for public comment between October 2015 and February 2016 and submissions were currently being considered by the Department of Planning. 


    When finalised, the plan will guide the implementation of a strategic vision for land use in the Swan Valley.


    "It will focus on providing a balance between maintaining the role of agriculture in the area and supporting the Swan Valley's tourism industry," Mrs Faragher said.


    Fact File

    • The Swan Valley is WA's oldest wine region
    • 3.1 million day-trippers visited the Swan Valley and contributed $421 million to the local economy in the 12 months to May 2016
    • The Swan Valley Protection Bill 2016 repeals the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995 and dissolves the Swan Valley Planning Committee
    • For more information, visit Swan Valley 

    Minister's office - 6552 5300


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