A farmer in Perth’s Swan Valley. Image – Canva
  • Applications are now open for the new Swan Valley Statutory Planning Committee
  • The Swan Valley is a popular wine region in Perth
  • The committee will consist of nine members

The community of Perth’s Swan Valley have the opportunity to have their say in the future of the region. The State Government is calling for expressions of interest for those who would like to be members of the new Swan Valley Statutory Planning Committee.

The Committee will consist of nine members who will have a role to play in shaping and planning the future development of the Swan Valley. Two places will be reserved especially for community members.

On the outskirts of Perth, Swan Valley is the oldest and most visited wine region in Western Australia. The area also boasts various walking trails – most notably in Bells Rapids Park.

The Swan Valley Region’s Bells Rapids. Image – Canva

The State Government believes the local representation will be key in implementing the new planning framework for Valley to ensure the area remains an attractive and thriving destination.

“Active community participation is integral to achieving good development outcomes and this is a great opportunity for local residents and business owners to be involved in shaping the future development of the region,” said Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

The new committee comes after the introduction of the Swan Valley Planning Act 2020. The Western Australian Planning Commission has chosen to set up the committee to determine development applications, subdivision and structure plans within the region.

Successful applicants will demonstrate practical knowledge or experience relevant to the various industries and activities of the region.  These include horticulture, viticulture, equestrian and tourism. They will represent the interests of the local community when considering development opportunities.

Ms Saffioti is encouraging suitably qualified applicants to apply for the two positions on the Committee especially reserved for community members.

“Our Government has established a new planning framework for the Swan Valley that protects the distinctive rural character of the region while enabling appropriate development.”

Rita Saffioti, Planning Minister

“I am calling on local residents and business owners to nominate for these new positions to ensure we have strong representation of the Swan Valley community in decision-making.”

Another new advisory body – the Swan Valley Strategic Leadership Group – will also be welcoming applications for seven positions. The body will be responsible for supporting the Minister for Planning on concerns regarding the protection, promotion, marketing and enhancement of the Valley.

More information regarding submissions for the positions can be found on the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage website. Applications close on 14th July.

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