Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Public to comment on the future of Rottnest Island

    30/07/2008 12:00 AM

    Western Australians are invited to have a say on the future of their favourite holiday island, Rottnest Island.


    Tourism Minister Sheila McHale said a new five-year plan was being developed to guide the management of the island and its facilities.


    “This is an exciting time to get involved in the future directions of one of WA’s best loved tourism icons and a significant asset to this State,” Ms McHale said.


    “The Carpenter Government’s investment of $32million into accommodation and infrastructure has resulted in a turnaround of the island’s fortunes.


    “Visitor numbers are at an all time high, with nearly 354,000 people visiting the island by ferry in the past 12 months, an increase of 5.5 per cent on the previous year.


    “Business confidence is also high with about $70 million in private investment committed or in the pipeline.


    “We want to hear what Western Australians would like to see in the way of accommodation, visitor services and, importantly, conservation of the island’s environment and heritage.”


    Rottnest Island Authority chair Laurie O’Meara said the public would have two opportunities to get involved in the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2009 to 2014.


    The first stage involved inviting comment from stakeholders and the wider community into the early planning stages.  The second stage would be the release for public comment of a draft plan in early 2009.


    Stage one submission forms can be downloaded from or by requesting a form by calling 08 9432 9300. Forms can also be collected from the authority’s offices at E Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle or the Visitor Centre on Rottnest Island.  Submissions close on September 17.


    Minister's office  - 9213 6900