WA adjusts tourism development laws

first_imgWestern Australia’s government has adjusted its tourism building requirements, to encourage investment in the region’s tourist accommodation development. Announced yesterday, Planning Bulletin 83 has replaced the old system which required tourism developers to build according to residential percentages.The new legislation determines building approval by assessing each case individually.Planning Minister John Day said the government has worked closely with the industry to create a system that would “offer more flexibility” as well as allow local governments to “incorporate tourism initiatives into local planning strategies”.“With major projects under way across WA, these new amendments will offer greater diversity and vibrancy within these projects and tourism developments,” Mr Day said.Tourism Minister Kim Hames added that with the short-stay market demand in Perth among the highest in Australia, the adjustments would tiger “much-needed” tourism accommodation investment in the state.“To sustain the short-stay hotel market – in large part due to resources success – we need to attract more investment in hotel development which is imperative to WA’s future growth,” the Tourism Minister explained.“These amendments will mean greater flexibility in tourism development and are in keeping with the State Government’s overall vision, making WA an even more attractive investment proposition.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img