David Templeman

David Templeman

Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Peel

    Visitors get close to nature and indigenous heritage at Karijini Eco-Retreat

    30/05/2008 12:00 AM

    Environment Minister David Templeman today officially opened Karijini Eco-Retreat in Karijini National Park, a unique eco-tourism facility that highlights the excellent working relationship between the State Government and traditional owners.


    “This magnificent facility, operated by the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, offers visitors a unique experience of Western Australia’s North-West region,” Mr Templeman said.


    The site contains 50 tented cabins, many with ensuites, 82 self-drive campsites, five group campsites, a dining facility, amphitheatre, staff accommodation and a services/utilities area.


    “The eco-tourism industry continues to grow at a fast rate, with an estimated 130,000 people visiting Karijini National Park last year, which accounted for more than a third of all visitors to the Pilbara region,” the Minister said.  


    “Facilities like this one ensure that best practice environmental and social outcomes, including training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people, can be achieved in the eco-tourism industry.”


    Karijini National Park is the second largest national park in the State and contains a diverse range of flora and fauna, as well as WA’s famous gorges and waterfalls.


    Gumala operates the site under a 21-year lease agreement with the Department of Environment and Conservation, with a further 21-year lease option to progress the development.


    “This partnership has resulted in a truly magnificent facility that will give visitors to WA the chance to connect with our unique environment and rich heritage,” Mr Templeman said.


    “I urge Western Australians to consider holidaying in our own magnificent backyard and take the time to enjoy the beauty and the history of this region.”


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