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  • Perth in line for $4b resort and theme park

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-...nd-theme-park/

    Perth has been identified as the preferred home for a proposed $4 billion resort and theme park by a European animatronics entertainment company.


    Encouraged by the State Government's push to boost WA's profile as a world-class holiday destination, Ermes Technologies wants to attract more than two million tourists a year by building one of the biggest family resort and theme park operations on the planet.


    The proposed development would be similar in style to Walt Disney World and would include two theme parks, up to four hotels, two golf courses and an entertainment precinct featuring restaurants, retail shops, stage shows and discos.


    Ermes themed entertainment division chief executive Enrico Petrucci said Perth's proximity and direct flights to Asia and its growing popularity as a cruise ship destination made it an ideal resort location.


    "The resort will be a dreamland," he said. "Totally self-contained to reach, to rest and have fun for two or three days.


    "Where people can return home with unforgettable memories and the desire to come back again.


    "Of course, it would be foolish of any business to place all its eggs in one basket and if we find Perth is not interested, the second city we are looking at is Melbourne."


    Mr Petrucci said the development would be the biggest project yet for the Italian-based company's themed entertainment division, which specialised in custom-built hotels and themed attractions.


    Ermes is the representative of Sally Corporation, whose attractions include Universal Studios in Los Angeles and Florida and Britain's Alton Towers.


    Mr Petrucci said a specific location and the size of the park had not been finalised.


    Ermes planned to secure agreements with Australian architects for the park's design before approaching the State Government with a formal proposal.


    The company also hoped to work with the WA Academy of Performing Arts to provide hands-on training and work for students.


    It planned to open hospitality, cooking and bar service schools.


    Tourism WA chief Stephanie Buckland said the proponents of the potential development had not approached the State.


    "But from what you describe, it sounds like a bold and exciting development that would be welcome in Western Australia," she said.


    Tourism Minister Kim Hames said it was an exciting and ambitious proposal and he would be interested to learn more.


    WAAPA director Julie Warn said any development that ramped up the entertainment and allied industries in WA and increased employment opportunities for students was welcome.
    Great idea, but once the doo-gooder/wowser brigade intervene, all we'll be left with is half a ferris wheel at the back of Armadale.


  • #2
    Build a decent race circuit instead / as well

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    • #3
      Hell yes! government should pretty much give them the land for free with the level of investment and hopefully tourism that will be generated IMO (of course this will not happen, govt will be greedy and the NIMBY's will be out in force)

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      • #4
        Bold? Exciting?
        But what about the workingfamilyhospitals?
        It would be great to see something like this over here, as our weather is really suitable for this kind of thing. 10 bucks it gets killed by great west aussie red tape.

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        • #6
          Not our money being spent - someone elses that they will invest - we should be doing everything feasibly possible to allow it to happen.

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          • #7
            Wont mean shit if tourist cant get public transport to it. Hopefully this will give them the push they need.
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            • #8
              Originally posted by out_in_front View Post
              Not our money being spent - someone elses that they will invest - we should be doing everything feasibly possible to allow it to happen.
              Oh but it will be, this is just a first approach to see if the WA government will stump up some cash. Note the reference to Melbourne in the article. ie if you don't make it worth our while coming here, then I am sure Melbourne will.

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              • #9
                Originally posted by SOLID View Post
                Wont mean shit if tourist cant get public transport to it.
                Wow that's the sort of issue that just couldn't be overcome....better abandon the proposal straight away.



                fuck me, no wonder nothing ever gets done in this city.

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                • #10
                  Fingers crossed.

                  Will also bring a lot of job opportunities as well

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                  • #11
                    Will never work.
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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by shmoo View Post
                      Wow that's the sort of issue that just couldn't be overcome....better abandon the proposal straight away.



                      fuck me, no wonder nothing ever gets done in this city.
                      I think you misread me shmoo

                      The government will have to commit if its going to work you cant expect them to rock up and it will just work. Was pointing out the fact that tourists need a way to travel and our transport system is lacking. Hopefully something like this will force the governments hand.
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                      • #13
                        sounds too exciting and cutting edge for perth. Instead we will build more bell towers, that will draw in the international tourists.... just like the old one did

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                        • #14
                          It would be an awesome thing fow WA, but I too believe that it will never happen. Either the Government will get too greedy, or the wowsers will fuck it all up.
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                          • #15
                            Who are we competing against?

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