Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Upgraded campsites offer sky full of stars

    30/09/2015 11:55 AM
     
    • $1 million to improve caravan and camping infrastructure in WA's south
    • Part of the State Government's $40.7 million Western Australian Caravan and Camping Action Plan: 2013-2018 and Parks for People

    Visitors to Western Australia's south coast can look forward to new and upgraded amenities at popular camping grounds over coming months, as part of the State Government's $40.7 million Western Australian Caravan and Camping Action Plan: 2013-2018 and Parks for People initiative.

     

    Made possible by the Government's Royalties for Regions program, the $1 million investment will fund upgrades to nature-based campgrounds in the City of Albany and the shires of Denmark, Esperance, Jerramungup, Plantagenet and Ravensthorpe.

     

    Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the growing popularity of camping and caravan holidays was a sign that more people wanted to experience WA's stunning outdoors.

     

    "In 2014, the State attracted more than 1.27 million caravan and camping visitors who spent more than $860 million, mostly in regional WA," Dr Hames said.

     

    "Investing in new and upgraded facilities will ensure visitors have access to better amenities. That means people can enjoy their break and we can better manage the impacts of increased visitation on the environment.

     

    "This project has required a collaborative approach between the Government and the six local government authorities involved but all parties understand the importance of providing cost-effective, high-quality facilities."

     

    The camping grounds are earmarked for improvements such as toilets and waste management facilities, layout, access tracks, landscaping and signage. Work at the sites is expected to be completed by the end of the 2015-16 financial year. 

     

    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said he was pleased to see Royalties for Regions investing in essential infrastructure for caravan and camping visitors.

     

    "Caravans and campers are an absolutely vital component of regional tourism and make a huge contribution to the regional economy," Mr Redman said.

     

    "These upgraded facilities will help to give visitors a better experience and encourage more people to get out and explore the wonders of regional WA."

     

    Fact File

    • In 2014, more than 1.27 million caravan and camping visitors stayed 6.8 million nights in WA and spent an estimated $868 million. Almost 90% of the visitor spend was in the regions
    • For more information, visit http://www.tourism.wa.gov.au  
    • For more information on Royalties for Regions projects visit Bigger Picture - Regions

    Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700