Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Former Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming

$7.7m revamp for Kalbarri National Park

17/04/2014 12:00 AM
 
  • Official opening of $7.7m upgrade to Kalbarri National Park
  • Upgrades come as Parks for People initiative aims to deliver more high-quality, low-cost holiday options in WA’s diverse national parks

Environment Minister Albert Jacob today officially opened a $7.7million upgrade of the magnificent Kalbarri National Park, designed to boost tourism in Western Australia’s Mid-West region.

 

The major investment by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program in one of the State’s most popular national parks includes a $5.8million upgrade of part of the Loop-Z Bend access road and new facilities at two popular visitor sites.

 

“Shade shelters, lookouts, walking trails, visitor information areas, sealed car parks and toilets have been added at the Loop and Inyaka Wookai Watju (West Loop lookout),” Mr Jacob said.

 

“Sealing of 12 kilometres of the old road, which was in poor condition and had to be closed after heavy rainfall during the peak holiday season, has vastly improved access and safety for tourists visiting the area.

 

“Thanks to the addition of 85 parking bays, more visitors can now enjoy the Loop site, home to the stunning Nature’s Window rock arch.

 

“At nearby Inyaka Wookai Watju, a new car park and walking trail now leads to a wonderful lookout spot.”

 

The Minister said the significant upgrades were an example of the types of projects being delivered as part of the State Government’s $40.7million Parks for People initiative aimed at providing WA families with more low-cost, high-quality holiday options.

 

“The Liberal National Government is investing significant funds to provide more affordable options for families  to holiday at home and for tourists to our State to experience the magnificent natural wonders in our diverse and beautiful national parks,” Mr Jacob said.

 

Acting Regional Development Minister Terry Waldron said the $7.5million provided by Royalties for Regions supported the Government’s vision to improve tourism facilities and ensure regional Western Australia was more accessible than ever before.

 

“Regional WA has some of the world’s most beautiful sights and now more holidaymakers will be able to visit these stunning destinations at a more affordable cost,” Mr Waldron said.

 

       Fact File

  • Five indigenous trainees on the project obtained a Certificate II in civil construction
  • Kalbarri National Park receives about 330,000 visits per year. Recreational opportunities include abseiling, diving, canoeing and bushwalking
  • Pictures of Kalbarri National Park attached

Environment Minister’s office - 6552 5800

Acting Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 6700