- New whole-of-government approach to better protect Abrolhos Islands and create tourism and job opportunities
- State Budget includes $10 million to progress plans
- McGowan Labor Government will also begin work on the creation of an Abrolhos Islands national park
- Premier visits Geraldton to discuss implementation of Plan for Geraldton
The McGowan Labor Government is progressing a new whole-of-government plan to better protect the Abrolhos Islands and create tourism opportunities.
The departments of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Primary Industries and Regional Development are looking at ways to address issues relating to visitor access, visitor risk and environmental impacts on the islands.
The departments and relevant ministers will develop proposals for the protection of conservation, fishing, tourism and heritage values while creating jobs and economic opportunities for the Mid-West region.
The McGowan Labor Government will also begin work on the creation of an Abrolhos Islands national park, an idea that was floated by the previous government but never funded.
Any future development opportunities on the islands will build upon the existing fishing industries, such as rock lobster fishery and the developing aquaculture industry.
The State Budget includes a $10 million allocation to progress plans for the islands.
Premier Mark McGowan visited Geraldton today to highlight the Government's implementation of its Plan for Geraldton.
The State Budget included $80 million for infrastructure in the Mid-West, $6.5 million to renew the Geraldton Airport runway and $18.6 million to upgrade John Willcock Community College.
The McGowan Labor Government has also honoured its election commitment to install 'shore tension units' at Geraldton Port to assist productivity and potentially bring more cruise ships to the port.
Planning has commenced for upgrades to Geraldton Hospital. Funding for the project will be announced in subsequent budgets.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"The McGowan Labor Government's vision for the Abrolhos Islands is to create a world-class tourism experience while maintaining world's best-practice environmental management.
"The islands have the potential to be a big tourism drawcard for interstate and international visitors but it's crucial that any plans are managed the right way, with the protection of the environment a key focus.
"I've tasked my ministers and their departments with the development of a collaborative, whole-of-government approach to the management of the islands.
"They will examine the need to improve infrastructure and amenities, the management of marine life and ways to deliver economic benefits and jobs to the Mid-West.
"I'm pleased the State Budget included $10 million towards the future management of the islands and that the McGowan Labor Government is getting on with the job of creating new opportunities in the region."
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