Untapped tourism potential represents strong future for Wedge and Grey
Representatives of the ‘ Wedge Island and Grey shack communities are seeking certainty over their future by calling for politicians to make a commitment to preserving these heritage communities in order to enable their unique tourism potential.
After 8 years in Government the Liberal Party has failed to resolve the future of the communities despite committing to do so when first elected in 2008. A recent meeting with Environment Minister Albert Jacob has again confirmed that after 8 years there is no resolution of the future of the communities likely in the near term, and that Government agencies are taking a restricted and outdated view of the potential future of Wedge and Grey.
Wedge and Grey are the last shack communities left on the Turquoise coast, north of Perth, in fact in Australia and represent a unique and iconic period in Western Australian history; as a time when our state was more isolated and less developed, meaning families and individuals lived a coastal lifestyle that was more laid back and much closer to nature.
Wedge and Grey representative Murray Knowles said the Barnett Government had made it very clear that WA needed to focus on developing unique tourism products and the shack communities had a significant role to play.
“We can be a unique Western Australian destination on the Turquoise Coast, within easy reach of Perth and other well-known destinations such as the Pinnacles. We already welcome increasing numbers of visitors who are travelling the Indian Ocean Road and they are entranced by the lifestyle here, so there is no doubt that Wedge and Grey could offer a unique cultural and lifestyle experience to interstate and international visitors”, said Mr Knowles.
The Wedge Island Protection Association and Grey Conservation and Community Association are speaking to politicians and candidates across the Perth and outlying areas about their views on the future of the communities as many of their local residents have a close connection with the Turquoise Coast.
Mr Knowles said that the two Associations would be keeping their members and supporters informed direct and via facebook.com/preserving wedge and grey for wa about all political party and candidate views.
“We have a supporter base of at least 15,000 people, mostly in the northern suburbs, and they are very interested in which parties and politicians see a sustainable future for Wedge and Grey”, said Mr Knowles.
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