Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Iconic South-West slide a step closer

    2/02/2006 6:45 PM

    An exciting new tourism icon for the Warren-Blackwood region is a step closer, following the release of the 'Donnelly Slide' study in Manjimup today.

    The feasibility study presents the favoured option for the tourist slide at One Tree Bridge, alongside the Donnelly River in Manjimup.

    Tourism and South-West Minister Mark McGowan released the report at an informal gathering near the proposed site with shire and tourism representatives from Manjimup, Bridgetown-Greenbushes and Nannup.

    “An open toboggan ride of more than 700m at 40km/hour, through Karri forest, would attract many visitors seeking a thrill element,” Mr McGowan said.

    “The study has costed the slide and associated facilities at $4.3million, with the State Government allocating a contribution of $2million as part of its commitment to diversifying the economy of the region through the Protecting Our Old Growth Forest policy.”

    Based on conservative figures, the study suggests that the slide is economically viable.

    “The slide is ideally located on the Donnelly River between the towns of Manjimup, Bridgetown and Nannup and will bring significant benefits to all three towns by attracting new tourists and encouraging longer stays in the area,” the Minister said.

    He said the Shires of Manjimup, Bridgetown-Greenbushes and Nannup had a unique opportunity to establish a major tourist drawcard in their area, and he would encourage them to support the project.

    A detailed briefing to representatives of the three shires is to be given following the release of the report.

    The study was commissioned to establish the economic viability of a tourism facility with a 'wow' factor, by offering a thrilling alternative within the natural forest environment.

    Mr McGowan called on Federal MP Geoff Prosser to have John Howard reinstate the $900,000 it promised for a tree-top walk in the Donnelly Valley for the slide proposal.

    “The Howard Government has turned its back on the people of the South-West when it sits on a $13billion surplus,” he said.

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