The redevelopment of Jurien Bay Boat Harbour, an extension of a cycle trail from Jurien Bay to Cervantes and upgrades to Mid-West campgrounds will reinvigorate tourism in the region, according to Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett.
In the Mid-West for Regional Cabinet, Mr Barnett said the Liberal National Government would invest $8.7 million through Royalties for Regions in the Southern Harbour Precinct Redevelopment at Jurien Bay.
This investment was considered a major economic driver for tourism development to complement existing attractions and activities.
The Premier said the funding facilitated a broader investment in not only the harbour itself, but into short stay accommodation, which was in great demand.
"This infrastructure is critical to growing visitor numbers, and achieving the State's target to double the value of tourism in Western Australia from $6 billion a year in 2010 to $12 billion a year by 2020," he said.
Mr Barnett also revealed the Shire of Dandaragan, the Jurien Bay Chamber of Commerce and Ardross Estates had partnered to deliver a cycle trail to the Wheatbelt's Central Coast sub-region.
A successful application for a $200,000 Royalties for Regions Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme by the Jurien Bay Chamber of Commerce will see the completion of Stage 1 of the project, which will extend the trail 2.7 kilometres south from Jurien Bay's Beachridge Estate to Booka Valley.
Stage 2 of the project will see a 3.9km extension of the trail to the mouth of Hill River, opening the Wheatbelt's Central Coast region to cycling, running, duathlon and triathlon events. It has been made possible thanks to a $1.2 million State Government investment from the Department of Transport and Royalties for Regions.
The Premier and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman also officially opened the first stage of the Mid West Coastal Nodes camping project at Sandy Cape campground, near Jurien Bay.
The campground upgrades are part of a $2.52 million injection, including $1.5 million from Tourism WA through the WA Caravan and Camping Action Plan 2013-2018 and $1.02 million from Royalties for Regions, to the shires of Irwin, Coorow, Dandaragan and Northampton. In addition to Sandy Cape, there are also upgrades to campgrounds at Cliff Head, Lucky Bay and Milligan Island, which are among 200 campsites in the Mid-West.
"Caravan and camping holidays are an important part of WA's tourism industry," Mr Barnett said.
"In 2015, about 1.3 million visitors spent 6.5 million nights in caravan or camping accommodation in WA, contributing $893 million to the State's economy."
Mr Redman said the campground project had also delivered on one of the six priorities identified through the Mid West Regional Investment Blueprint and the Mid West Tourism Development Strategy.
"Tourism is a vital industry for regional WA," he said.
"In the year ending March 2016, visitors spent $9.3 billion in the State, including $4.3 billion in regional areas.
"Investment by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program continues its commitment to growing the Western Australian economy and regional jobs.
"The investment in the Jurien Bay to Cervantes cycle trail and the harbour achieves significant development in the Western Australian tourism industry, grows the economy and regional jobs, right on Perth's doorstep."
Mr Barnett said the harbour redevelopment would revitalise the harbour.
The Premier said the project would prepare the site for an 80 unit visitor accommodation hub, establish a waterfront market-style retail avenue and grassed public open space. It would also facilitate the expansion of the commercial area of the harbour-proper.
The total project cost for the Southern Harbour Precinct Redevelopment is $8.97 million with Royalties for Regions investment, through the Growing Our South initiative, of $8.48 million over two years and $492,125 from the Department of Transport
Stage 1 of the cycle trail has been made possible by an investment of $200,000 through the Royalties for Regions Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme. Stage 2 will see $1.2 million investment from the Department of Transport and Royalties for Regions
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