Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    World Heritage Interpretive Centre takes shape in Shark Bay

    8/07/2005 12:00 AM

    Gascoyne Minister Jon Ford said he was impressed by the design and construction of the Shark Bay World Heritage Interpretive Centre.

    Mr Ford toured the $7.5million building project today during a visit to the town of Denham.

    “I can see that the designers have created a tough building that will stand the test of time in an extreme and harsh coastal environment,” he said.

    “Like the marine organisms found in the region, this building has to tolerate Shark Bay’s so-called hypersalinity, which is caused by high temperatures, low rainfall and strong winds.

    “This is a very significant project for Shark Bay, especially for tourism in this part of the world.”

    Located on the waterfront, right in the heart of Denham, the interpretive centre will be a major drawcard for visitors from all around the globe.

    The Minister said local tourist operators were looking forward to the opening of the facility.

    “The static and interactive displays will recreate and explain key features of this wonderful World Heritage Area,” he said.

    Shark Bay was granted World Heritage status 14 years ago, recognising the extremely significant scientific and cultural values of the region.

    The State has already contributed $3.25million towards the interpretive centre through the four-year $80million Regional Investment Fund.

    Mr Ford said the Gallop Government was ensuring regional Western Australia received its fair share.

    “The Shire of Shark Bay and the Department of Housing and Works are managing the project and I am pleased that construction is on target to be completed in early December,” he said.

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