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Re-elected McGowan Government to invest $8.4 million to transform the John Forrest National Park

Posted on February 22, 2021
  • A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $8.4 million to make improvements at the historic John Forrest National Park
  • A Park Centre will be established to become a hub for activity and services at the park
  • Existing picnic facilities will be improved and new spaces created
  • Commitment part of a $217 million package to support WA tourism businesses and local jobs

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will transform the historic John Forrest National Park with an $8.4 million investment.

The John Forrest National Park is Western Australia’s first national park and the second oldest in Australia.

The park is the closest national park to the Perth CBD and provides opportunities for residents and tourists to experience the incredible beauty of the Perth Hills.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will provide the biggest investment in the park for decades, transforming the park into a must visit destination and creating local jobs.

The investment will deliver a brilliant new Park Centre, which will be architecturally designed to suit the park surroundings.

The Park Centre will include an Interpretation Space dedicated to the John Forrest National Park, WA’s other parks and reserves and the Aboriginal culture of the park and the state.

It will be a base for tours and activities for visitors to learn about the park and Noongar culture, and will include a retail shop and café, which will also act as a reception area for events such as weddings.

The heritage gardens near Jane Brook will be redeveloped back to their former glory and plant diversity.

Existing picnic areas will be improved and a number of new picnic areas and other spaces will be created for visitors to enjoy.

This election commitment is part of a $217 million package to support and grow tourism in WA to ensure the sector can recover from the pandemic stronger than ever.

This package builds on the McGowan Government’s investment of more than $150 million in tourism through the WA Recovery and Jobs Plan.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“If re-elected, my Government will invest $217 million to gear up the tourism industry so the sector can recover from the pandemic stronger than ever.

“This major investment will create more than 460 local jobs throughout construction and many more ongoing local tourism jobs by enhancing Western Australia’s greatest assets – our world-class natural attractions.

“It will provide funding certainty to enable the industry to capitalise on domestic tourism opportunities and prepare for international tourism opportunities, when possible in a COVID safe environment.”

Comments attributed to Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes:

“The John Forrest National Park is the closest national park to Perth and has the potential to become a major attraction for Perth locals and tourists.

“While naturally beautiful, the John Forrest National Park’s ageing infrastructure is impacting the visitor experience.

“A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $8.4 million to transform the John Forrest National Park, creating new recreation experiences and facilities for visitors to enjoy.

“Local jobs will be created through the project and attracting more visitors to the park will support local businesses in the Kalamunda electorate.”