Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

    New tourist facilities on Kimberley wilderness road

    14/07/2015 10:00 AM
     
    • New access tracks, day use areas, car parks, toilets, sun shades
    • Complements the $81.5m Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy

    Tourist developments on the Gibb River Road and Kalumburu Road in the world-renowned east Kimberley are making this remote and beautiful area more accessible for visitors.

     

    Environment Minister Albert Jacob said work on a 200 kilometre section of road, which is the main access route to the Mitchell Plateau, Carson River Station, Drysdale River National Park and Kalumburu, had provided improved facilities for tourists, while maintaining conservation values.

     

    "This infrastructure is important because it will help draw more tourists to some of the region's remote natural wonders," Mr Jacob said.

     

    "The Mitchell Plateau is a spectacular area with incredible waterfalls such as Mitchell Falls and Surveyors Pool, amazing rock art and tropical fan-palm forests.

     

    "Through the $81.5 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, the largest ever targeted investment in the Kimberley, the State Government is creating Western Australia's biggest system of marine and terrestrial parks and providing opportunities for nature-based tourism and Aboriginal employment."

     

    An $800,000 redevelopment at King Edward River Crossing, or Munurru, has delivered a new day-use area and access track, upgraded car park, wet areas and sun shades.

     

    This development has also provided work for the Wunambal Gaambera traditional owners, who have undertaken works at Munurru, installed a boardwalk around the historic Mermaid Tree and conducted associated weed control in Prince Regent National Park.

     

    Kalumburu Road has also been upgraded and interpretive signage and day-use facilities have been installed at the Gibb River Road and Kalumburu Road junction.

     

    Since 2011 the Liberal National Government has spent more than $5.8 million on upgrading facilities to enhance visitor experiences at many locations in the Kimberley such as Purnululu National Park, Windjana Gorge National Park and Geikie Gorge National Park.

     

    Fact File

    • Carson River Station attractions include rock art, fishing for barramundi and four-wheel driving
    • Legislation has been introduced to State Parliament to terminate an alumina State Agreement covering the Mitchell Plateau and to include the area in a new Kimberley National Park
    • In 1820, a British sailor on HMC Mermaid engraved the ship's name in a boab tree at Careening Bay. Today, the Mermaid Tree is a tourist attraction on Kimberley cruises

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