The world-class skywalk tourism development at Kalbarri National Park has reached a milestone, with work starting to seal the access road into the park.
The works will seal 22 kilometres of the Loop-Z Bend Road as part of the Liberal National Government's $20 million Royalties for Regions-funded Kalbarri Skywalk project.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the upgraded road would provide safe, year-round access for visitors to the spectacular Murchison River gorge sites and reduce the likelihood of vehicles damaging bushland by driving through undesignated areas.
"This is an important project because better roads encourage people to visit national parks to experience the great natural wonders of our State," Mr Jacob said.
"Sealed roads also allow for better environmental management of visitors.
"Tourists expect world-class visitor attractions in our national parks and the Liberal National Government is investing to ensure we deliver quality infrastructure.
"The first 12 kilometres of Loop-Z Bend Road was bituminised in 2014. With the sealing of the final 22 kilometres, we can progress the construction of the two skywalks, which will be built more than 100 metres above the Murchison River to provide stunning park views."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was investing in strategic initiatives to build a stronger economy and a better quality of life in regional WA.
"The roadworks support the rejuvenation of Kalbarri as a tourist destination, and facilitate the flow-on social and economic benefits reaching communities in the Mid-West," Mr Redman said.
"Tourism development is critical to the regional economy and I am proud that Royalties for Regions can support the provision of more diverse visitor experiences across regional WA."
There will be road closures during the six months it will take to seal the Loop-Z Bend Road. For road access information, contact the Kalbarri Visitor Centre
WATPAC Civil and Mining Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to complete the sealing of Loop-Z Bend Road and car parks at West Loop, Z Bend and Meanarra Hill
The skywalk project is a collaboration between the departments of Parks and Wildlife and Regional Development, Mid West Development Commission and Tourism WA
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