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State Government funds help Bunbury boardwalk project
28/10/2000 10:00 AM
Tourism Minister Norman Moore was in Bunbury today to officially open the George Baxter Boardwalk.
The State Government provided $91,000 from its Tourism Development Fund towards the $260,000 project.
Mr Moore said the tourism industry in Bunbury had grown significantly in the last decade.
“Bunbury has seen much development in recent years and I believe the city will continue to grow in popularity as a tourism destination,” he said.
The Minister said the Tourism Development Fund was an important initiative to foster growth in regional areas.
The fund was matched dollar-for-dollar by local government and non-profit organisations to help promote regional tourism.
It had been running for the last four years and had provided more than $4 million to 94 projects with a total value in excess of $14 million throughout the State.
“These grants have not only supported the development of one of Western Australia’s largest industries, but also accelerated regional development across all regions,” Mr Moore said.
The George Baxter Boardwalk will link the Bunbury Heritage Trail and the planned Maritime Trail and pass many of Bunbury’s beautiful natural attractions, including the picturesque Leschenault Inlet and the mangrove area.
The Minister said the naming of the George Baxter Boardwalk was a fitting tribute to a prominent member of the community.
The late George Baxter was a Bunbury City Councillor for many years, was named Citizen of the Year in the Bicentennial Year and was manager of the Bunbury Tourist Bureau for 14 years.
He was a Founding Member of the Light Horse Regiment and led the ANZAC parade on horseback each year until ill health prevented him from doing so.
Media contact: Hartley Joynt, Minister’s office, 9321 1444