Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Minister announces feasibility study into new inlet and jetty at Burswood

    12/10/2005 12:00 AM

    The Gallop Government has commissioned a feasibility study into the creation of an inlet and jetty facilities at Burswood Park, Tourism Minister Mark McGowan announced today.

    Mr McGowan said the proposal to establish an inlet and jetty at Burswood would help realise the dream to expand the ferry services on the Swan River.

    “It has long been said that we need to do more with our magnificent river,” he said.

    “Having a jetty located at Burswood Park will allow hotel guests to transfer to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre via Barrack Square and also allow ferries travelling up river to use the jetty as a pick-up point for tourists joining Swan Valley tours.

    “This proposal will see greater use of the Swan River and provide vital transport linkages between Burswood Resort Casino, the East Perth inlet and the city.

    “This would be a magnificent tourism addition to our city and allow visitors not only to enjoy our beautiful river but also provide them with a novel way to access some of our best tourism attractions, such as Burswood Resort Casino.”

    The Minister said the feasibility study would be conducted by Ove Arup Partners Limited at a cost of $50,000 and would take up to four months to complete.

    Mr McGowan said the proposal would see the irrigation lake currently located in front of the Burswood Hotel converted into an inlet as part of a strategy to reduce the size of lakes to conserve water.

    “A number of environmental and public access issues need to be considered and the Burswood Park Board has been in discussions with the Swan River Trust and the Department of Environment to obtain the appropriate approvals,” he said.

    Mr McGowan said the Gallop Government was committed to growing tourism in Western Australia to create more jobs and opportunities for locals.

    Minister’s office: 9222 9111