Accredited Visitor Centres Benefits From Barnett Govt Funding

Accredited Visitor Centres Benefits From Barnett Govt Funding

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

Visitor Centre Boost For Regional Communities

Victor P Taffa

  • Liberal National Government investing $4.2 Million in regional visitor centres projects
  • Made possible by Tourism WA and the Royalties for Regions program

Broome, Derby, Halls Creek and Kununurra are among 36 regional centres set to benefit from innovative projects at their visitor centres, through the latest Liberal National Government grant program.

The Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program, made possible by Tourism Western Australia and Royalties for Regions, is helping visitor centres remain viable in the changing tourism landscape.

Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the investment of $4.2 Million over three years recognised the vital role of visitor centres in boosting regional tourism and jobs.

“Research shows travellers tend to spend more time and money in an area when they use a visitor centre.” Premier Barnett said.

Projects supported in the latest round include a new design and upgraded technology at Broome Visitor Centre; an internal fit-out at Derby, Aboriginal artwork and seating at Halls Creek, and new signage for the Kununurra Visitor Centre and Argyle Downs Homestead Museum.

“Tourists spent $4.5 Billion in regional Western Australia in 2015-16. By offering a warm welcome and a wealth of local knowledge, visitor centres play a vital role in this important industry.” Premier Barnett said.

“Overall, visitor centres employ more than 900 local people and inject $117 Million into the State’s economy annually.”

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said more than $1 Million was available in the 2016-17 round to assist regional visitor centres throughout the State with sustainability initiatives such as accreditation, renewable energy, on-site attractions, technology and interior redesign.

“Visitor centres have a wealth of local knowledge that helps visitors discover the best of what the regions have to offer.” Mr. Redman said.

“This Royalties’ for Regions investment contributes to a strengthened and sustainable regional economy through investment in tourism development.”

Fact File

  • The funding pool for the 2016-17 Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program was $1.05 Million
  • Grants between $40,000 and $100,000 were available to accredited visitor centres or local government authorities
  • Applications for the 2017-18 round are expected to open in March 2017
WA Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

WA Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman









Successful Recipients Of Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program 2016-17 Funding Round:

  • Beverley Community Resource Centre
  • Broome Visitor Centre
  • Busselton Visitor Centre
  • City of Albany; Albany Visitor Centre
  • City of Greater Geraldton; Geraldton Visitor Centre
  • Collie Visitor Centre
  • Derby Visitor Centre
  • Donnybrook Visitor Centre
  • Dowerin Community Resource Centre
  • Dryandra Country Visitor Centre
  • Exmouth Visitor Centre
  • Harvey Visitor Centre
  • Kalbarri Visitor Centre
  • Lake Grace Visitor Centre
  • Meekatharra Community Resource Centre
  • New Norcia Visitor Centre
  • Margaret River Visitor Centre
  • Mullewa Community Resource Centre
  • Newman Visitor Centre
  • Northampton Visitor Centre
  • Kununurra Visitor Centre
  • Quairading Community Resource Centre
  • Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes for Warren Blackwood region
  • Shire of Carnarvon; Carnarvon Visitor Centre
  • Shire of Coolgardie; Coolgardie Visitor Centre
  • Shire of Dandaragan; Turquoise Coast Visitor Centre
  • Shire of Halls Creek; Halls Creek Visitor Centre
  • Shire of Irwin; Dongara-Port Denison Visitor Centre
  • Shire of Kojonup; Kojonup Visitor Centre
  • Shire of Kulin; Kulin Visitor Centre
  • Shire of Merredin; Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre
  • Shire of Murray; Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre
  • Shire of Sandstone; Sandstone Visitor Information Centre
  • Shire of Shark Bay; Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre
  • Shire of Three Springs; Three Springs Visitor Centre
  • Shire of Toodyay; Toodyay Visitor Centre