- Community survey helping shape Swan Valley region's future
- Part of McGowan Government commitment to hone Swan Valley planning laws
- High response rate from residents and landowners
More than 600 Swan Valley residents and landowners have responded to a survey that will help shape the future character of the region.
Conducted in November and December in 2017, the survey invited 1,864 local addresses to participate. The overall response rate of 34 per cent is regarded as very high and reliable.
Respondents commented on issues integral to the Swan Valley community such as right to farm, retaining rural land uses, subdivision, water availability, tourism initiatives, the role of the Swan Valley Planning Committee, and the future and identity of the Swan Valley.
The survey is part of an independent review of the Swan Valley planning framework, which incorporates the Swan Valley Protection Bill and associated development plan.
The review is being led by the Hon John Kobelke, who also completed more than 50 one-on-one community stakeholder interviews as part of the consultation process.
The survey findings will be published in Mr Kobelke's final report and recommendations to the Minister for Planning, to help determine future land use planning for the region.
Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:
"Upon taking government, I wanted to ensure all issues were considered as we proceed with plans to reform the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995.
"This survey has investigated issues close to the heart of the Swan Valley community and will help shape the future identity of this diverse region.
"The high response rate demonstrates the value of genuine community consultation in the planning process - we will now prioritise a solution for the future."
Comment attributed to John Kobelke, independent reviewer:
"The generosity of so many Swan Valley residents in completing the survey, and their willingness to share their views in lengthy interviews reflects the community's passion for this unique region."
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