Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Ningaloo Centre planning stage approved

    10/09/2013 12:00 AM
    • $2.18million for Ningaloo Centre feasibility study
    • Funding delivered by the Liberal National Government’s Royalties for Regions program
    • Centre home to Ningaloo Research facility

    The State Government has committed $2.18million for a feasibility study into the proposed Ningaloo Centre - a research facility and multi-purpose community  centre in Exmouth.


    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Royalties for Regions funding would be used to investigate the feasibility of the proposed centre, including detailed architectural drawings, plans, specifications, costings and a business case.


    A further $115,000 has been committed by the Shire of Exmouth.


    Mr Grylls said the proposed centre would include community, tourism and scientific research facilities.


    “The Ningaloo Centre is intended to include a new multi-purpose community hub, Exmouth Multi-Purpose Community Centre and the Exmouth Visitor Centre,” he said.


    “In addition, the Ningaloo Research facility will provide a scientific research hub for the region. It will become a local repository for all data sets on the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park areas and the Exmouth Gulf.”


    The Minister said the Ningaloo Research facility and the Exmouth Multi-Purpose Community Centre were identified as flagship projects in the Gascoyne Regional Development Plan 2010-2020.


    The new multi-purpose community hub will incorporate flexible meeting spaces, a community resource centre, exhibition and gallery space and a new and improved library.


    The Exmouth Visitor Centre will also be located at the centre, ensuring customers for other businesses located at the Ningaloo Centre.


    The Shire of Exmouth recently secured $7million in Federal Government funding through the Regional Development Australia Fund. The money will contribute to the building of the centre, subject to evidence of its viability and sustainability after the planning stage.


    “The Ningaloo Centre has received strong support and interest from stakeholders, investors, supporters and local residents,” Mr Grylls said.


           Fact File

    • Investigations into the feasibility of the Ningaloo Centre are part of the Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan (GRP) which has a Royalties for Regions allocation of $150million over five years

     Minister’s office - 6552 5500