Upgrades to iconic national park to go ahead

Published: Thursday, 9 May 2019 at 1:14:51 PM

Visitors to Greens Pool and surrounds can enjoy improved facilities and infrastructure with $2.5 million being put toward upgrades as part of the State Budget, announced today.

The William Bay National Park Tourism Infrastructure Renewal Project will include upgrades to the intersection of William Bay and Madfish Bay Roads and sealing of Madfish Bay Road.

Parking improvements include a new carpark at Elephant Rocks, widening of William Bay Road for added parking, and upgrades to the Greens Pool carpark.

New toilet facilities at Elephant Rocks will be part of the renewal, as will the upgrade and expansion of the Waterfall Beach and Madfish Bay day-use sites.

The funding comes after the Shire of Denmark Council decided not to proceed with a project component of the Denmark East Development Precinct Project in 2017, and subsequently asked the McGowan Government to retain the Royalties for Regions funding.

Council’s preference was for the funding to be used for upgrades to infrastructure at Greens Pool.

In 2017/18 the park recorded 284,101 visits, with visitation growing at 6 per cent per year over the last 10 years. The proposed development will ensure infrastructure can cope with growing numbers whilst protecting the natural environment.

Shire of Denmark CEO Bill Parker said discussions with the Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan over the past year had been constructive.

“This budget announcement finalises a very positive negotiation process and the Shire would like to acknowledge the McGowan Government and more specifically the Regional Development Minister.

We look forward to working with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to deliver the project,” he said.

William Bay National Park is a significant regional tourist attraction and an important recreational asset within the Great Southern Region.

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