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Re-elected McGowan Government to invest in Pilbara tourism

Posted on February 24, 2021
  • $10 million to improve visitor facilities at Karijini National Park
  • $5 million for improvements to visitor facilities at Murujuga National Park
  • Part of a re-elected McGowan Government’s $217 million tourism package

A re-elected McGowan Government will provide a major improvement to tourism in the Pilbara – including investment into visitor facilities at Karijini National Park and Murujuga National Park.

The McGowan Labor Government has delivered on its 2017 election commitment to inject more than $425 million into the tourism industry, providing funding certainty and security.

As part of its commitment to tourism in the Pilbara, a re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $10 million for improved visitor facilities at key recreation sites at Karijini National Park.

The facilities improved include Dales and Weano Gorges, include a new campground, cultural walk trail and interpretive facilities and sealing road access to the most popular gorge sites, including Weano Gorge, Karijini Eco Retreat and Dales Gorge to enable hire cars and coaches to travel safely to these sites.

This commitment builds on the $1.02 million for upgrades at Karijini National Park the McGowan Government has delivered, including the access path at Fortescue Falls Lookout and visitor facilities at Dales campground.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $5 million for improvements to visitor facilities at Murujuga National Park.

The facilities improved include access to Conzinc Bay to support increased visitation associated with the Murujuga Living Knowledge Centre, as well as the management of islands on the Dampier Archipelago, supported by Murujuga Aboriginal Rangers.

This commitment builds upon the McGowan Government’s prior investment into the Murujuga National Park and the development of the Living Knowledge Centre including $10 million towards the access road and $1.3 million for the Ngajarli Trail, allowing access for visitors to view culturally significant rock art with a new walking trail and signage.

Comments attributed to Deputy Premier Roger Cook:

“If re-elected, a McGowan Labor Government will invest $217 million to gear up the tourism industry with exciting new and upgraded tourism offerings so the sector can recover from the pandemic stronger than ever.

“Central to growing the sector and creating WA jobs is harnessing our industry’s greatest asset – WA’s natural attractions.

“In the Pilbara, if re-elected, we will invest $15 million to provide major improvements to ensure more visitors can enjoy the wonders of Karijini National Park and Murujuga National Park.”

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

“The Pilbara is a fantastic place to visit with so many natural attractions that showcase the unique Aboriginal cultural history of the area.

“Attractions like Karijini National Park and Murujuga National Park are highly sought after by visitors to WA, with about 82 per cent of visitors wanting an Aboriginal cultural experience.

“Unfortunately only about 26 per cent get one, which is why making investments in infrastructure to make it easier for people to visit remote Aboriginal tourist attractions will help the sector grow.

“A re-elected McGowan Government will also invest $20 million in an Aboriginal Tourism Fund to make Western Australia the premier destination for Aboriginal tourism in the country.”

Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:

“The Pilbara has a fantastic tourism sector that has been recovering from the impacts of COVID-19.

“These commitments strengthen the McGowan Labor Government’s investment into the Pilbara tourism sector so that the sector can recover stronger than ever.

“I am proud to be a part of the McGowan Labor Government that recognises the importance of building the Pilbara tourism sector and diversifying our region.”