Gascoyne Minister Jon Ford today announced a second instalment of funds had been paid towards the completion of the new Shark Bay World Heritage Interpretive Centre.
The $2.5million funding paid today will enable continuation of the construction of the new $7.5million centre, which is expected to open to the public by December 2005.
The Gallop Government has now contributed $3.25million towards the Interpretive Centre through the four-year $80million Regional Investment Fund.
Mr Ford said he was pleased with progress on the centre where works were running within schedule.
“Site works for the construction of the building have now been finalised and the project has been handed over to Crothers Construction of Geraldton, the successful tenderer for the construction of the building,” he said.
“Work has commenced on the pouring of the high-density concrete wall panels, and the builders are currently working on the titanium zinc formwork for the entrance to the building.
“Tenders for a major portion of the interpretive fit-out have now closed and contractors are due to be appointed.”
Construction is estimated to be completed by late August and will be followed by the exhibition fit-out.
The Minister said the development would help boost tourism in the Gascoyne region, provide employment opportunities and create a new ‘heart’ for the town of Denham.
The project has been co-ordinated by the Shire of Shark Bay, the Gascoyne Development Commission, Department of Conservation and Land Management and the Department of Fisheries - the four organisations responsible for managing the Shark Bay area.
Architects, Woodhead International designed the centre and Freeman Ryan Design will co-ordinate the interpretive fit-out. The Shire of Shark Bay and the Department of Housing and Works are managing the project.
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