Big Boost for tourist spots

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A family enjoy Greens Pool, in the William Bay National Park.
Camera IconA family enjoy Greens Pool, in the William Bay National Park.

Denmark tourism hotspots Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks have received a funding boost of $2.5 million in today’s State Budget.

The project to revamp the popular ocean pool at the William Bay National Park will start this year, with several major upgrades in the area.

William Bay Road will be widened to establish more parking capacity in the national park, which received 284,101 visitors last year.

The project will also deliver upgrades to the Greens Pool carpark and establish new toilet facilities at the Elephant Rocks upper carpark.

Madfish Bay Road will be sealed and facilities at Madfish Bay will be upgraded. There are also plans to upgrade facilities at Waterfall Beach.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the national park was a significant tourist attraction and an important recreational asset in the region.

“This McGowan Government investment will ensure visitor infrastructure in the William Bay National Park is up to scratch and can handle continued growth in visitor numbers,” she said.

“We have worked closely with the Shire of Denmark on this initiative, which will benefit the entire Great Southern region.”

The funding announcement comes after the Shire of Denmark requested to retain the $4 million Royalties for Regions funding earmarked for the East River bridge project last year in July.

Shire of Denmark chief executive Bill Parker previously said he’s satisfied to hear the budget announcement.

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

“The Shire looks forward to working with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to deliver the project.”

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said he hoped to see more visitors from all around visit the national park in Denmark.

“I’m pleased the popularity of William Bay National Park continues to grow and I look forward to ensuring this nature-based tourism asset can be appreciated by visitors for years to come,” he said.

“These upgrades are essential to help ensure the influx of visitors at peak times can access the area safely and without causing environmental damage.”

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