John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Support to continue Esperance's role as a great place to visit

    11/01/2007 9:05 PM

    Goldfields-Esperance Minister John Bowler has welcomed the financial support that will enable Esperance to quickly return as a bustling tourism destination.

    The outstanding efforts of the local Emergency Services and many other townspeople with the clean up in and around Esperance has been nothing short of miraculous.

    Mr Bowler said that within hours of the storm subsiding the streets were cleared of fallen debris and structural damage had been repaired where possible.

    While the South Coast Highway has been cut, people can access the town via the Lake King to Cascades Road or through Great Eastern Highway, Coolgardie and Norseman.

    Despite the storm, the community’s efforts now means it is business as usual for accommodation operators, tours and tourist activities in the region.

    “The tourism industry is back in action and ready to accommodate the normal amount of visitors that Esperance experiences at this time of year,” the Minister said.

    “Mackenzie’s Island Cruises is now fully operational and there has been no damage to infrastructure on Woody Island.

    “4WD tours are now operating with operators having developed safe alternative routes to ensure that visitors can still enjoy this option while visiting Esperance.”

    Mr Bowler said while the damage to the weir at Bandy Creek Boat Harbour had impacted on the fishing industry, the rest of the region was open for business.

    “The beaches are still beautiful and the activities and accommodation venues are open and welcoming visitors,” he said.

    The Minister said he had deliberately not visited Esperance in the first few days following the storm because the State Government was well represented by a number of Ministers with individual responsibility for what needed fixing.

    “I will be going to Esperance early next month to take an overview of the situation and to make sure our promises are being kept,” he said.

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