The McGowan Labor Government will invest a further $3.9 million to improve the visitor experience on the Dampier Peninsula.
Communities on the Dampier Peninsula are taking steps to prepare for the anticipated increase in visitors from the sealing of the Broome-Cape Leveque Road – a $65 million McGowan Government project due for completion at the end of 2020.
This funding injection will support critical upgrades to improve the future visitor experience on the Dampier Peninsula, including:
- ablution, shade and picnic facilities at the 100-year old Beagle Bay Catholic Church, already one of the most visited attractions on the Peninsula;
- visitor facilities at Lombadina;
- improvements to the aquaculture hatchery access track at Ardyaloon Community to provide for standard two-wheel drive vehicles; and
- upgrades to the Kooljaman Resort access track to two-wheel drive standard.
Funds will also be provided to signpost and – where needed – fence areas of cultural significance and private property on the Peninsula.
The McGowan Government will also provide funds to help establish new business opportunities on the Peninsula in tourism, horticulture, bush foods and aquaculture.
The funding injection follows consultation with communities and local stakeholders on the Dampier Peninsula through the State Government’s Dampier Peninsula Working Group.
As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“Sealing the Dampier Peninsula will provide an economic boost to nearby communities, and our government has been working with the communities to help unlock those opportunities.
“These capital works projects will provide essential infrastructure for visitors, ensuring good access and welcoming amenities for the expected tourism boom on the Peninsula.
“Our commitment to local procurement will also create jobs for local business and residents during the construction phase, with a strong focus on opportunities for Aboriginal people.”
As stated by Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer:
“The Dampier Peninsula is home to one of the largest concentrations of Aboriginal tourism in the country.
“This McGowan Government funding will help to provide a better tourist experience for people visiting the Peninsula, and will help Aboriginal communities manage the increase in tourism numbers.
“This is a very special and sensitive area so protecting areas of cultural significance is absolutely essential: funds will assist with signage to help inform visitors or protocols relevant to the Peninsula, as well as – where appropriate – fencing.”