Alan Carpenter

Alan Carpenter

Premier; Minister for Federal-State Relations; Trade; Innovation; Science; Public Sector Management

    New lease of life for historic Albany recreation camp

    28/04/2006 11:47 AM
     
    28/04/06

    Premier Alan Carpenter today officially reopened the historic Camp Quaranup near Albany, following completion of the camp’s $1.1million renovation program.

    Mr Carpenter said the major refurbishment was part of the State Government’s $18million Camps capital works program, funded through the sale of the Noalimba Conference and Accommodation Centre at Bateman in 2001.

    “Starting out as a quarantine station in 1874, Camp Quaranup has had a long and colourful history, including service as a submarine base during World War II and a residential holiday camp for generations of school children and families,” the Premier said.

    “Today, Camp Quaranup is part of the Department of Sport and Recreation’s (DSR) network of camps which provide adventure camp experiences and accommodation for community and corporate groups, schools and families.”

    The renovations included:
    • refurbished kitchen and catering facilities;
    • new toilets and ablution facilities;
    • new water storage and filtration systems and power infrastructure;
    • removal of asbestos material; and
    • landscaping.
    Mr Carpenter said the camp was an excellent example of a partnership between a local operator and the State Government.

    “Camp Quaranup is operated by local businesspeople Rob and Jo Lucas, who have been great custodians of the historic site for more than a dozen years and they have undertaken other works to preserve the camp’s heritage value,” he said.

    Mr Lucas said the camp was well known in the region and throughout WA.

    “Camp Quaranup is an important part of WA history and there is every reason for us to make sure that it remains accessible, comfortable and a place where people can enjoy new experiences,” he said.

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