Royalties for Regions has contributed $2.6million towards three strategic infrastructure projects in the Shire of Shark Bay as part of the Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan.
The projects are the Monkey Mia Jetty replacement, the Monkey Mia artesian bore and the Analogue to Digital TV broadcast facility upgrade.
Royalties for Regions will invest $2million towards the Monkey Mia Jetty replacement with the shire contributing the remaining $200,000.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the jetty was an important facility for tourists visiting the town.
“Monkey Mia is renowned for tourists who want a unique dolphin or dugong interaction experience in a World Heritage setting,” Mr Grylls said.
“The new jetty will ensure the area continues to be a prominent drawcard for domestic and international visitors and that helps support businesses in Monkey Mia and throughout Shark Bay.”
Royalties for Regions is also contributing $300,000 towards the Monkey Mia artesian bore, with the Shire of Shark Bay providing the remaining $350,000.
Recent damage to the bore meant it was at risk of collapsing; leaving a key tourism venture and smaller support businesses without a water supply. Work to repair the bore has already been commissioned.
The Analogue to Digital TV broadcast facility upgrade also received Royalties for Regions funding of $300,000 towards the total project cost, with the shire contributing $20,000.
With the Federal Government switchover to digital transmission, the analogue system was turned off on June 25, 2013.
In remote locations such as Denham there is now no access to terrestrially broadcast television services unless residents install new infrastructure.
Residents can obtain a subsidy to offset the cost of installing digital television.
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