WA Recovery Plan injects $150 million into State’s tourism industry

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The WA Government has made a $150 million investment to the State’s tourism industry as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan.
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The WA Government has made a $150 million investment to the State’s tourism industry as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan.

Some of WA’s most iconic natural attractions and tourism drawcards - including Kings Park, Margaret River, Karijini National Park, Monkey Mia, the Pinnacles, Rottnest Island and Ningaloo - are among many destinations to benefit from the $150 million package, with many set for major improvements.

Key tourism attractions across the WA will be enhanced - with construction to begin on new visitor facilities, camp sites, trails, jetties, boardwalks, and other amenities and infrastructure.

The $150 million investment also includes affordable airfare packages, enhancements for Aboriginal cultural tourism, road improvements for better access to destinations, and support to bring unique and innovative attractions to WA.

The investment will see scores of tourism-focused projects and initiatives getting underway, including a new $10 million café and function centre at Perth Zoo and more than $1 million of improvements at Kings Park.

Aboriginal cultural tourism experiences will be boosted with the $3.84 million development of three ‘Camping with Custodians’ sites at Dampier Peninsula near Broome, while a $10 million access road will open up the Pilbara’s Murujuga National Park and support the development of the Living Knowledge Centre.

Rottnest Island’s ageing water supply and road network will be overhauled with a $31 million investment.

Millions will be spent developing trails and ‘trails towns’ around the State to service existing and new trails to attract more visitors to national parks. In addition to walking trails there is $20 million for bike trails in Kalamunda and Mundaring in the Perth Hills, and regional WA including Albany, Denmark, Mount Barker, Plantagenet, Pemberton and Margaret River.

The investment includes $9 million towards regional air travel - consisting of the $6 million Regional Aviation Recovery package to support airlines partnerships to tourism destinations, and the $3 million regional aviation support package to ensure minimum services.

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Page reviewed 11 August 2020