Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan
Infrastructure Boost For Dampier Peninsula
Victor P Taffa
- $3.9 Million funding boost for tourism infrastructure on the Dampier Peninsula
- New visitor amenities, track upgrades, signage and fencing to be in place ahead of completion of Broome-Cape Leveque Road sealing
McGowan Government will invest a further $3.9 Million to improve the visitor experience on the Dampier Peninsula.
“Sealing the Dampier Peninsula will provide an economic boost to nearby communities, and our government has been working with the communities to help unlock those opportunities.” Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan said.
“These capital works projects will provide essential infrastructure for visitors, ensuring good access and welcoming amenities for the expected tourism boom on the Peninsula.”
Broome-Cape Leveque Road
Communities on the Dampier Peninsula are taking steps to prepare for the anticipated increase in visitors from the sealing of the Broome-Cape Leveque Road a $65 Million McGowan Government project due for completion at the end of 2020.
This funding injection will support critical upgrades to improve the future visitor experience on the Dampier Peninsula, including:
- Ablution, shade and picnic facilities at the 100-year old Beagle Bay Catholic Church, already one of the most visited attractions on the Peninsula;
- Visitor facilities at Lombadina;
- Improvements to the aquaculture hatchery access track at Ardyaloon Community to provide for standard two-wheel drive vehicles;
- Upgrades to the Kooljaman Resort access track to two-wheel drive standard.
“This McGowan Government funding will help to provide a better tourist experience for people visiting the Peninsula, and will help Aboriginal communities manage the increase in tourism numbers.” Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer said.
“This is a very special and sensitive area so protecting areas of cultural significance is absolutely essential: funds will assist with signage to help inform visitors or protocols relevant to the Peninsula, as well as where appropriate, fencing.”
Funds will also be provided to signpost and where needed fence areas of cultural significance and private property on the Peninsula.
McGowan Government will also provide funds to help establish new business opportunities on the Peninsula in tourism, horticulture, bush foods and aquaculture.
Funding injection follows consultation with communities and local stakeholders on the Dampier Peninsula through the State Government’s Dampier Peninsula Working Group.