Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    State Government backs upgrade to Cape Naturaliste icon

    4/07/2006 3:38 PM
     
    4/7/06

    South-West Minister Norm Marlborough today presented a cheque for $30,000 to the Geographe Bay Tourism Association toward improvements to Cape Naturaliste’s iconic lighthouse precinct.

    “The State Government recognises the importance of the lighthouse as a premium tourist attraction, drawing 30,000 visitors annually to the region,” Mr Marlborough said.

    Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Discovery Centre is a focal point for the area’s rich shipping history, which dates back over 160 years.

    The funding will enable refurbishment of existing buildings to better showcase the museum’s fascinating array of maritime history and improved retail and ticket sales area.

    “The heritage and conservation value of this area is well recognised by the State Government, which recently provided funding to help upgrade walk trails at the lighthouse and make the area more accessible for people with disabilities,” the Minister said.

    “I am delighted the Government is contributing to the sustainability of this unique icon.”

    South-West MLC Adele Farina, a long-time supporter of the lighthouse precinct, praised the Geographe Bay Tourism Association’s commitment to providing a quality visitor experience at the lighthouse.

    “The Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and precinct, which has been operating tours since 1986, is important to both locals and visitors alike and the Geographe Bay Tourism Association has played a major part in preserving the site’s heritage, while providing a professional service and a memorable experience for visitors,” Ms Farina said.

    Funding for this project was made available through the Government’s Regional Development Scheme (RDS), which is administered by the South West Development Commission.

    In the five years the scheme has been operating, $2.1million has been shared among 100 projects in the South-West.

    The Regional Development Scheme is now open to applications for the 2006-07 round of funding.

    “The State Government is offering grants of between $5,000 and $150,000 to organisations with projects which will improve the economic and social development of the region,” Mr Marlborough said.

    The Minister described the RDS funding as a fantastic opportunity to get some of the region’s visionary projects off the ground.

    “I urge all those groups with projects which work with the Carpenter Government’s goal of building a better future for all Western Australians, to apply,” he said.

    An information package, including guidelines and an application form, is available from the South West Development Commission’s website at http://www.swdc.wa.gov.au

    Applications close August 31.

    Minister's office: 9213 6500