Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    New tourist attractions get help to cut through red tape

    12/05/2019 8:00 AM
     
    • Tourism Case Management Framework will apply to projects of State significance
    • Tourism WA to work with proponents to navigate government processes
    • Will further ensure Western Australia offers a range of tourist attractions that encourage people to stay longer 

    Proposals for innovative tourist attractions which have the potential to generate hundreds of jobs could be eligible for State Government help to navigate various approval processes.

     

    Tourism Western Australia will introduce a Tourism Case Management Framework, which will see the agency working closely with private sector proponents to help viable projects become a reality.

     

    Proponents would be given advice on what approvals need to be sought before a project can get off the ground, as well as support in ensuring any applications are considered in a timely manner by the relevant authority.

     

    Some of the proposed attractions being supported will include the Tawarri Hot Springs in Dalkeith, seaplane tours on the Swan River and the Matagarup Bridge climb and zip-line.

     

    The framework complements the recently announced Market-led Proposals Policy which creates a clear, consistent and transparent process to manage unsolicited proposals for large-scale projects from the private sector that fall outside of the normal competitive processes.

     

    It also supports the Streamline WA initiative which is a one-stop shop for businesses, industry and the community to refer regulatory issues in a bid to stamp out unnecessary processes and make it easier for the private sector to deal with government.

     

    Building on record tourism numbers in Western Australia in 2018, the Tourism Case Management Framework will further ensure the State offers a range of attractions that encourage people to stay longer and spend more money while they are in WA. 

     

    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

     

    "New tourism businesses can find it difficult to navigate the relevant approval processes because they are often the first proposal of their kind in the State and there is no precedent for what is required to get their business off the ground.

     

    "This new case management approach will ensure projects don't get bogged down in red tape and will help reduce bureaucratic delays.

     

    "It's not about getting rid of approval processes or cutting corners. It's about ensuring proponents get an outcome in a reasonable timeframe.

     

    "It's also about ensuring that Western Australia offers a range of tourist attractions that encourage people to stay longer and spend more while they are visiting the State. This in turn creates more jobs and helps grow our economy."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5600