Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor

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Pam Beggs

Pam Beggs

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    Developers urged to design better tourism facilities

    18/05/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    Tourism developers are being encouraged to work with communities to design better tourism facilities in the first of a series of three booklets released today by Ian Taylor, Minister for State Development, and Pam Beggs, Minister for Tourism.
     
    Mr Taylor said that tourism was already a strong employer in Western Australia, and was an industry that was expected to grow.
     
    He said that with this growth there was potential pressure on communities throughout the State to develop tourism facilities.
     
    He said it was important to ensure that people who lived nearby had input into the planning of tourism developments.
     
    Mr Taylor said that by involving people in the decision-making process, the chance of conflict that sometimes arises because of unsuitable development would be lessened.
     
    Mrs Beggs also welcomed the publication of the booklet `Public Involvement in Tourism Development: What does it mean for the developer?.
     
    She said that it was important that developers recognised the impact that their tourism activity would have on a community, and that their projects would benefit if the community was on side.
     
    She said the booklet, available from the Social Impact Unit and the Western Australian Tourism Commission, offered good reasons for developers to incorporate a public involvement program into their development plans and outlined the steps involved in running a successful program.
     
    Mrs Beggs said the best way to get them on side was to design a public involvement program that would enable people to voice their opinions, and help come up with ideas for the development.
     
    She said the booklet, available from the Social Impact Unit and the Western Australian Tourism Commission, offered good reasons for developers to incorporate a public involvement program into their development plans and outlined the steps involved in running a successful program.