Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Minister for Environment; Climate Action

    First look at upgrades planned for John Forrest National Park

    8/06/2022 12:00 PM
    • Architect's schematic designs show where new buildings and facilities will be located
    • McGowan Government is investing almost $11 million to improve WA's first national park, including $2.5 million from the WA Recovery Plan

    Schematic designs have been released for John Forrest National Park's spectacular new elevated walkway over Glen Brook, the Park Hub, landscaped gardens and West Ridge car park.


    The Park Hub will include an interpretation space that embraces local Aboriginal and post-settlement history, a food and beverage offering with dine-in or takeaway options, and a function space suitable for a broad range of community and private events.


    Local architect Gresley Abas was appointed in February 2022 to design the new facilities and has worked closely with Traditional Owners throughout the design phase to ensure cultural heritage values, stories and sites of significance were understood and incorporated in the designs.


    The buildings, gardens, car park and paths around the Park Hub will be accessible to a broad range of park visitors.


    Improved hiking trails, new off-road cycling adventure trails and viewing facilities at Hovea Falls will be completed by mid-2023, with the overall improvement project expected to be completed during 2025.


    The national park will continue to remain open, with construction being undertaken in stages to minimise disruption for visitors.


    To view the schematic designs, visit https://www.dbca.wa.gov.au/parks-and-wildlife-service/john-forrest-national-park-improvement-project


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:


    "Combined with the park's new and upgraded trail network, these designs represent an exciting new future for our State's first national park.


    "The new buildings and facilities have been positioned to complement the natural environment and take advantage of the stunning views, and the architects have worked closely with Traditional Owners.


    "Ensuring accessibility for all is central to the design, and I'm extremely pleased that these upgrades will allow more people than ever to experience and enjoy the park."


    Comments attributed to Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes:


    "This is an exciting new era for the John Forrest National Park.


    "I am very pleased to see the early results of the design process, the contemporary and sensitive designs are fitting for such an iconic part of Western Australia."


    Minister's office - 6552 6300