The Woodlands Cultural, Community and Visitor Centre in Norseman was officially opened at a community event today attended by Kalgoorlie MLA-elect Ali Kent.
The Woodlands Centre boasts an interpretive visitor centre and is centrally located on the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.
It offers a new tourism experience for the region, which showcases the natural assets of the Great Western Woodlands and the local Ngadju culture.
It aims to entice travellers to stop and stay longer in Norseman and explore the surrounding area.
The McGowan Government invested $1.6 million into the project, alongside contributions from Lotterywest and the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“The Great Western Woodlands are one of WA’s untapped tourism treasures, and the Woodlands Cultural, Community and Visitor Centre will help to open this world-class asset to visitors.
“The centre will provide visitors with the information and resources they need to stop and take in the stunning woodlands, drawing more tourists to the region.
“Increased visitation in Norseman will benefit the local economy and encourage new tourism and retail businesses in town.”
As stated by Kalgoorlie MLA-elect Ali Kent:
“Norseman has enormous potential to grow its tourism offering as the road gateway to WA and as the heart of the Great Western Woodlands.
“The McGowan Government’s investment into the Woodlands Cultural, Community and Visitor Centre will deliver real benefits for the local economy, supporting local jobs in Norseman as visitors stop and spend in town.”