Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Minister unveils Albany wind farm interpretation panels project

    5/09/2005 12:00 AM

    Tourists to the Albany region can now gain a better understanding of one of the State’s most awe-inspiring engineering projects, where wind is turned into electricity.

    Tourism Minister Mark McGowan today jointly opened the Albany Wind Farm Interpretation Panels Project at Sandpatch with Her Worship the Mayor of Albany Alison Goode.

    Mr McGowan said the wind farm had become a popular tourist attraction for the region, attracting more than 100,000 tourists per year since it opened in October, 2001 and was now recognised as one of Albany’s most popular tourist attractions.

    “The wind farm is very appealing visually but it also raises many questions in people’s minds about sustainable energy, wind farm technology and our reliance on nature,” he said.

    “The interpretation panels provide information on the wind farm technology and the links with the traditional culture of the South-West’s Noongar Aborigines.

    “They are part of an overall project between the State Government, the City of Albany and Western Power to develop tourist facilities at the site.”

    The Minister said the State Government had contributed $80,000 towards the project, which would help attract more tourists to Albany.

    “The project was conducted in two stages, with the first stage being the development of a pedestrian trail loop linking one of the turbines with the Bibbulmun Track,” he said.

    “The second, recently completed stage included the construction of public conveniences, a weather shelter and lookouts with interpretation panels and timber seating.

    “Tourism is a major economic driver for Western Australia, employing more than 72,000 people.

    “The Gallop Government is committed to growing the tourism industry to provide more jobs and opportunities for Western Australians, particularly in the regions.”

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