Rita Saffioti and WA Labor today announced their plan for the future of the Swan Valley.
WA Labor has committed to reviewing and finalising the Swan Valley Development Plan and Legislation incorporating the concerns of the local community.
The Liberal Government has had eight years to finalise new legislation for the Swan Valley, yet only introduced a bill in the last months of 2016.
The Liberal Government’s last minute legislation was to also remove the Swan Valley Planning Committee, reducing the voice of the local community and stakeholders. Many Swan Valley residents and producers have voiced their concern at this measure.
Importantly, WA Labor’s plan includes the introduction of a new Swan Valley State Government Board to ensure that the views of local stakeholders are heard.
A McGowan Labor Government will support the viticulture in the Swan Valley, including assessing the current regulatory and legislative costs for local growers and producers. WA Labor will also work with the Water Corporation to ensure the Swan Valley’s agricultural land is given sufficient priority in relation to water allocations.
Additionally, WA Labor’s plan includes the development of a coordinated and sustained tourism strategy for the Swan Valley, administered by Tourism WA.
Comments from Shadow Planning Minister and Member for West Swan, Rita Saffioti MLA:
“A McGowan Labor Government will support the Swan Valley, now and into the future.
“We will create a new Swan Valley Board to allow for stakeholders to have voice at the most senior levels of government.
“I am proud to announce our plan today, Swan Valley growers and local residents deserve to have both a clear and consistent plan from State Government and an active and energised tourism strategy.”
Contact: Rita Saffioti 0477 620 616