Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

    William Bay National Park now open

    17/11/2020 12:00 PM
     
    • William Bay National Park including Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks now open
    • Parking capacity has doubled to accommodate more than 200 vehicles 

    The McGowan Government has today announced the completion of the first two stages of the William Bay National Park renewal project and reopening of the park to the public.

     

    In 2019, the State Government invested $4.4 million over two years to renew ageing visitor infrastructure in the park and to protect the fragile coastal vegetation.

     

    The visitor experience is now better than ever with the completion of newly sealed roads and car parks, toilet blocks, picnic tables, bicycle racks, and signage.

     

    The new design has allowed provision for more than 200 parking bays, more than doubling the parking capacity in the park, including 182 standard car bays, a number of disability parking bays, 10 long vehicle bays, 15 motorcycle and two coach bays in the Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks areas.

     

    The park's diverse landscapes and turquoise waters attract more than 300,000 visits each year with this number expected to increase as a direct result of these upgrades.

     

    Safer roads, improved parking facilities and improved pedestrian pathways will cater to the high visitor numbers at William Bay National Park, helping to drive tourism in the Great Southern region.

     

    This exciting project has been delivered by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and its contractors, in consultation with traditional owners, the Great Southern Development Commission and the Denmark Shire.

     

    The next stage of the renewal project is now underway and will include upgrading access paths to beaches and design and construction of new lookouts and installation of interpretative signage.

     

    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

     

    "The McGowan Government would like to thank the local contractors for their outstanding contribution to this project and also acknowledge the support and understanding of the local community as this important upgrade was undertaken.

     

    "Now completed, these upgrades will enhance the visitor experience in the park that is both an environmental treasure and tourism asset for Western Australia.

     

    "2.6km of Madfish Bay Road has now been sealed, creating easier and safer access to the eastern end of the park.

     

    "Projects such as these not only encourage Western Australians to wander out yonder, they create regional jobs, support small and medium sized businesses, and promote economic prosperity in regional areas."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5800