- Review will help shape future character of Swan Valley region
- Community and businesses invited to have a say on review recommendations
- McGowan Government committed to providing clear guidance on the Swan Valley's future
An independent review of the planning framework that will help guide the future prosperity of the Swan Valley is now complete and open for public comment.
Consultation for the report of John Kobelke's independent review of the Swan Valley planning framework started in August 2017, with views sought on matters impacting the future of the Swan Valley.
The review involved more than 50 face-to-face interviews and a survey completed by more than a third of the Swan Valley community, reflecting the importance of future planning.
The 'Report to the Minister for Planning: An independent review of Swan Valley planning' includes a range of recommendations to help the Minister consider future land use planning for Western Australia's oldest viticulture region.
The recommendations focus on:
- Maintaining a balance between agriculture and tourism in the Swan Valley;
- Establishing a single body to guide planning in the region; and
- Future development guidelines.
Undertaken between August 2017 and April 2018, the review sourced views from more than 620 Swan Valley residents and landowners through a local community survey.
Comments on the report will inform improvements to the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995.
The report can be viewed online at https://www.planning.wa.gov.au/swan-valley-planning-review.aspx, and local Swan Valley residents will be written to directly and encouraged to provide feedback until Friday July 20, 2018.
The State Government will consider the report and feedback in determining its final plan for the Swan Valley.
Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:
"This review has investigated issues close to the heart of the Swan Valley community.
"The previous government failed to recognise key issues in their Swan Valley plan and did not address matters important to the future viability of the Swan Valley as a viticultural region and a key tourism destination.
"These issues include right to farm provisions and the allocation of water.
"I look forward to considering views received on the recommendations for the future land use planning of this diverse region.
"The strong community interest in the review reflects the need to prioritise a solution for the region's future.
"I intend to present the State Government's response to the report by September 30."
Minister's office - 6552 5500