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Parks for People funding boosts Western Australia’s national parks
Tourism and camping in the south-west of Western Australia will benefit from $3.5million in funding for the redevelopment of popular campgrounds at Logue Brook Dam, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and Black Point campground near Pemberton.
The upgrades, made possible by the Western Government’s Royalties for Regions program, are among six projects that will benefit from $21.05 million under the Parks for People initiative.
At Logue Brook Dam, $1.28 million is being invested to build on works already under way and deliver at least 110 new camp sites for 300 campers by mid-2015. The new campground will also include gas barbecue shelters, six toilet blocks and 3.4 kilometres of internal roads. Water skiers will also see improvements to facilities including the boat ramp, trailer parking and toilets.
At Conto campground in Leeuwin-Naturalise National Park, $650,000 is being invested. By mid-2015 this will result in at least 30 new camp sites for 80 campers, a camp kitchen and toilets. Trails and roads will also be improved at the popular caving and fishing destination.
A $250,000 expansion of the popular Black Point campground in D’Entrecasteaux National Park will create around 17 additional camp sites and improved facilities including new toilets, lookouts, shelters, walk trails and managed vehicle access to protect the fragile coastline.
Western Australian Environment Minister Albert Jacob explained “the State Government wants people to get out and enjoy the State’s spectacular national parks and Parks for People will provide West Australians and tourists with more low-cost, high-quality holiday options.”
Tourism Council Western Australia Chief Executive Evan Hall has welcomed the extensive upgrades, stating “last year Western Australia attracted over 1.8 million holiday tourists into our National Parks across regional Western Australia, but we can significantly increase this with new upgrades and developments.
“These facilities will enable WA to attract new visitors without impacting on the environmental values of our precious parks.
“National Parks and camping grounds are a great way to attract new visitors to experience WA’s magnificent regions within a budget.”
This weekend the Western Australian Government has also waived entry fees at 30 parks from Saturday 31st May to Monday 2nd June, with more than 18,000 people expected to take up offer over the WA Day long weekend.
Parks where day entry fees will be waived over WA Day weekend include: Avon Valley, Beedelup, Cape Arid, Cape Le Grand, Cape Range, D’Entrecasteaux, Fitzgerald River, Francois Peron, Gloucester, Greater Beedelup, John Forrest, Kalbarri, Karijini, King Leopold Ranges, Lesueur, Millstream Chichester, Mirima, Mitchell River, Nambung, Porongurup, Purnululu, Serpentine, Shannon, Stirling Range, Stokes, Tunnel Creek, Walyunga, Warren, Windjana Gorge and Yanchep.
Explaining the waiving of fees, Minister Jacob added “we hope free entry weekend will attract families to our magnificent parks and encourage them to use the long weekend to explore and enjoy nature.
“It is also a wonderful opportunity for those people who have never visited our parks to plan a trip and experience our unique and beautiful landscapes.
“There is something to suit every age and activity level, from watching the koalas over a picnic at Yanchep National Park, to paddling the Avon’s white waters in Walyunga National Park in Mundaring, or ‘going bush’ in the wilderness of King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park in the Kimberley.
“Through our Parks for People initiative, over the next four years, we are investing in about 450 new camp and caravan sites, along with new and improved visitor facilities and services, such as roads and lookouts.”
Click here to find out more about Western Australia’s parks.
Click here to find out more about Western Australia’s campgrounds.
11th February 2011 - WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST SHOW CAVE REOPENS
26th November 2010 - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ENVIRONMENT MINISTER URGES PEOPLE TO ‘REDISCOVER PARKS’
2nd October 2010 - $20 MILLION BOOST FOR CONSERVATION AND NATURE-BASED TOURISM IN WA
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