Campaign launched to boost new tourist attractions in WA

There is a growing call to overhaul WA’s approvals process to invigorate the state’s tourism offering, which is being curtailed by red tape.

The Tourism Council of WA has launched a “New Attractions for Perth” advocacy campaign in an effort to bolster innovative plans for new tourist attractions that have been held back for years by multiple layers of government bureaucracy.

Speaking to The West Australian, chief executive Evan Hall said it had been more than 25 years since Perth has welcomed a new major attraction.

“In the meantime, other States have created amazing experiences that are loved by locals and attract visitors from around the world,” he said.

“Regulatory agencies should take into account the broad community support for these attractions, and the jobs they will create, when assessing proposed new attractions.”

Perth had the lowest percentage of international tourists who visited attractions during their stay compared with other capital cities, according to a document by the Tourism Council of WA.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the State Government welcomed the interest of private proponents to develop new attractions, with its Streamline WA initiative introduced late last year to improve how government interacts with private and community sectors.

Some of the proposed attractions waiting on the sidelines include a cable car from Kings Park to Elizabeth Quay; an 80km/h zip-line across the Swan River; tree-house accommodation at Kings Park; indoor thermal baths by Swan River; and helicopter and seaplane tours.