The visitor experience at Your Margaret River Region’s iconic Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouses is set to be taken to the next level following an announcement of a $1.5 million Royalties for Regions grant by The Hon. Terry Redman MLA today.
The grant will provide funding for interactive interpretive centres, multi-purpose classrooms and full removal of Asbestos at both Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. A new café, audio tours, timber-based playground and ocean viewing platform will also be developed at Cape Naturaliste.
The Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA) has committed $500,000 in cash and in kind towards the project, a contribution made possible through the formation of a single Local Tourism Organisation last year.
“The lighthouses attract over 142,000 visitors each year, and the redevelopment of these already popular attractions will benefit the entire Your Margaret River Region, creating at estimated nine extra jobs at the Lighthouses and 51 throughout the region through an increase in 95,000 additional tourism visitors,” said Pip Close, CEO of MRBTA
The funding comes on the one-year anniversary of the Geographe Bay and Augusta Margaret River tourism associations coming together to form the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association to take a united approach to developing and promoting tourism.
“Securing this grant represents a huge win for MRBTA members and the broader community, and it is exactly the kind of opportunity we could see when we made the move to a single tourism entity one year ago.” said Ms Close.
The Lighthouse Redevelopment Project joins a list of projects recently funded by Royalties for Regions in Your Margaret River Region including the Augusta Boat Harbour, Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport, Busselton and Dunsborough Foreshores and the Margaret River Perimeter Road.
Work will commence at the Lighthouses immediately, with project completion expected in time for the whale watching season at Augusta in June 2017.