$1b tourism fund must help northern WA

31 May 2016

Labor’s proposed $1 billion Northern Australia Tourism Infrastructure Fund must be used to assist the development of the tourism industry in northern WA, according to Tourism Council WA.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said using the funding towards projects in northern WA was imperative to attracting more international visitors, particularly from the growing Asian middle class.

“Broome should be the gateway to northern Australia for our growing Asian markets and a major cruise shipping and super yacht destination,” Mr Hall said.

“The Kimberley National Park will be the largest park in Australia and should be the centrepiece of the northern Australia tourism experience.

“We welcome Labor’s proposal, but the investment can’t just flow to Queensland and the Northern Territory. Northern WA is a crucial part of northern Australia’s tourism experience.”

Projects in northern WA which would benefit from the funding include:

  • Enhanced cruise shipping facilities for both large cruise liners and smaller operators;
  • Establishing an Indigenous cultural centre;
  • Major marina at Broome;
  • Upgrading tourism facilities in Kununurra;
  • Improvements to aviation infrastructure, including terminal upgrades;
  • Upgrades to National Parks;
  • Conference and events facilities across the region;
  • Improvements to road access.

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