The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) WA has welcomed the release of the McGowan Government’s proposed planning and environmental reforms that are designed to enhance Western Australia's entertainment precincts.
AHA (WA) CEO Bradley Woods said the detail of the proposed reforms will be closely examined to ensure venues benefit from the revised policy, but said the draft reforms were promising.
“The Australian Hotels Association has played a key role in representing the interests of WA’s hospitality venues and has worked closely with the Government to deliver these long-awaited reforms,” Mr Woods said.
“The investments made by hospitality venues across WA have made living closer to vibrant precincts more attractive, but this has in turn creation tension with new residents.”
“The draft reforms lay the foundations for a sensible approach to noise regulations, particularly in areas where residential developments have been built adjacent to or within traditional entertainment precincts.”
“These long awaited reforms are welcome however there is detail to work through to ensure the proposed reforms in Northbridge are as inclusive as possible and don’t disadvantage existing venues outside of the proposed boundary.”
“It is important that we get the Northbridge reforms right as this will provide a road map for other entertainment and hospitality precincts across the state.”
“Noise regulations need to be flexible, modern and fit for purpose if we are to develop and maintain vibrant entertainment precincts that support and create jobs, whilst also ensuring a level of certainty and fairness for businesses and residents.”