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WA coastal settlements to be revitalised

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The State Government will examine existing and future Western Australian coastal settlements to allow more West Australians and tourists access to our magnificent coastline.

Premier Colin Barnett today announced a new Coastal Towns and Settlements Cabinet Subcommittee (CTSCS) would investigate the development and revitalisation of priority coastal settlements and examine future coastal sites, particularly on the south coast of Western Australia.

The new committee will begin by examining Coral Bay and the Abrolhos Islands, as well as potential sites along the south coast.

“I know that many Western Australian families have stayed at places like Coral Bay over the years and have fond memories of fantastic, low-cost summer holidays,” Mr Barnett said.

“Coral Bay is somewhere between a town and a settlement and has so much potential.

“We also enjoy a beautiful coastline, especially along our southern coast between Augusta and Esperance. I want to ask, what other areas could be opened up, and what do we need to do at these sites?”

Deputy Premier Kim Hames said the new committee would look at access issues, services, infrastructure, land tenure and any other issues preventing progress in target areas.

“Initially we will look at the governance and access to the established settlements at Coral Bay and the Abrolhos Islands, as well as the south coast,” Dr Hames said.

The sub-committee of Cabinet will comprise Deputy Premier Kim Hames, Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman, Planning Minister John Day, Tourism Minister Liza Harvey, and Fisheries Minister Ken Baston and Local Government Minister Tony Simpson as required.

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  • CTSCS will oversee investigation into existing and potential coastal settlements and towns
  • Coral Bay and the Abrolhos Islands settlements will be examined as a priority
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