- World-class facilities planned for one of the south coast's most visited parks
- Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program
Visitors to the south coast's iconic William Bay National Park, near Denmark, will be able to enjoy world-class recreational facilities, with the Liberal National Government planning an almost $10.55 million revitalisation of the park.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the two-year project would contribute to the south coast's reputation as a key nature-based tourism destination offering world-class facilities.
"This is a much-needed upgrade because the park attracts more than 238,000 visits a year and this number is growing," Mr Jacob said. "Most infrastructure in the park is about 30 years old and there is now a compelling need for facilities that can withstand the coastal environment and deliver what visitors have come to expect."
Works include purpose-built trails, sealed roads and car parks, installation of signs, public art and interpretation nodes and construction of visitor amenities such as lookouts and picnic tables. Trails will also be upgraded with realignment of the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail and a further upgrade of the Wilderness to Ocean Trail from Denmark to the park.
The funding includes $9 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions Growing Our South initiative, $1.45 million from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and $100,000 from the Shire of Denmark.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would significantly enhance facilities at the renowned Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks area, Mazzoletti and Waterfall beaches, and Madfish Bay.
"The new and improved facilities will create positive visitor experiences and contribute towards the sustainability of the tourism industry in Denmark, Walpole, Mount Barker and Albany," Mr Redman said. "Projects such as this also create jobs for local contractors and services, with long-lasting social and economic benefits flowing back through to regional communities."
- The renewal of the William Bay and Denmark tourist infrastructure is part of a strategic regional approach to tourism development in regional WA
- Growing Our South is a $600 million Royalties for Regions revitalisation fund that implements major infrastructure and community projects to enhance social and economic development across the Peel, Wheatbelt, South-West and Great Southern
- There are big things happening in regional WA. Find out how Royalties for Regions is transforming your regional community at RfRmap.drd.wa.gov.au
Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700