Redevelopment of Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste lighthouse precincts
Supports the region's growth, creating vibrant places to live, visit and invest
Made possible by Government's Royalties for Regions program
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced funding of $1.5 million from the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program for the redevelopment of the Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste lighthouse precincts.
Mr Redman said the redevelopment project would dramatically improve facilities at the two historic lighthouses, situated in Augusta and Dunsborough.
"The Capes lighthouses are icons of the South-West that currently attract 150,000 visitors per year," he said.
"Not only are they a valuable part of our State's maritime heritage, they also bookend the Cape to Cape walking track and act as the starting point for events like the Augusta Adventure Fest and Cape to Cape MTB."
The $1.5 million Royalties for Regions investment will contribute to capital works on eight buildings across the two sites to increase visitor capacity, develop new interpretation services and add new attractions such as a cafe, playground and lookout.
"On top of the investments in regional events, tourism marketing and infrastructure like the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport; Margaret River Perimeter Road; and Augusta Boat Harbour, the lighthouse project is another example of how Royalties for Regions is supporting tourism in the South-West," the Minister said.
The project is one of the first to be funded through the $642 million State-wide Regional Investment Blueprint initiative. The total cost of the project is $1.75 million, with the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association contributing the remaining $250,000.
Since 2008, Royalties for Regions has invested $6.9 billion in more than 3,700 regional projects and programs
The redevelopment project is scheduled to be completed by June 2017
Both lighthouse precincts are identified for an upgrade in the South West Development Commission's Regional Blueprint
Minister's office - 6552 6700