Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Peel 2020: Community creating a vision for the Peel region

    21/09/2005 12:00 AM
     
    21/09/05

    Peel regional leaders and community representatives have met in Mundijong to work on the next step in planning for the future of the Peel region.

    Minister for Peel and the South-West Mark McGowan today opened the Peel 2020 Forum, a two-day conference which will assist the progress of the Peel 2020 Sustainable Development Strategy.

    Peel 2020 is a long-range planning process, which defines a vision for the region in 2020, and an action plan for achieving that vision. The plan aims to meet the needs of current and future generations through simultaneous environmental, social and economic improvement.

    “Significant progress has already been made in implementing the State Sustainability Strategy,” Mr McGowan said.

    “I am delighted to see the Peel region’s leaders applying similar principles in their region, and working with their community to make the Peel an even better place to live in.

    “The Gallop Government is committed to protecting and enhancing Western Australia’s unique lifestyle and environment.”

    Keynote speakers included Reverend Tim Costello (renowned for his experience in social justice issues), Dr Craig Shepherd (principal economist at the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research), Carl Binning (CEO of Greening Australia) and Rod Kidd, project manager of the Gosford Vision 2025 project, who provided important insights from the Gosford experience in New South Wales that could be applied to Peel.

    “It is a testament to the region to see the outstanding progress that has been made with the Peel 2020 Sustainable Development Strategy to date,” Mr McGowan said.

    This process is being led by a partnership group comprising the Peel Development Commission, representatives from Local, State and Federal Government, educational institutions, industry, environmental and community groups.

    Further information and updates are available by logging on to http://www.peel2020.net.au or contacting project co-ordinator Kathlin Mayer on 9535 0000.

    Minister's office: 9222 9111