A $1.97 million contract has been awarded to redevelop ageing park facilities as part of the first stage of a multimillion-dollar national park upgrade.
The Western Australian Government will invest $4.4 million over the 2019 to 2021 financial years to upgrade the infrastructure at the William Bay National Park, located in between Denmark and Walpole, WA.
Nigel Palmer Earthmoving, a local company, was awarded the stage one contract, which will include sealing 2.6 kilometres of Madfish Bay Road, providing parking for an additional 64 cars, 12 motorcycles and two coaches in the Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks areas, and providing new toilet facilities.
The upgrade aims to ensure visitor infrastructure is modern and able to accommodate continued growth in visitor numbers.
The WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is working with the Shire of Denmark to deliver the project.
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Works may require sections of the park to be closed throughout November and December. The park will likely need to be fully closed in February for the duration of construction, which is expected to be complete by June 2020.
“These upgrades are essential to ensure this nature-based tourism asset continues to be appreciated by thousands of visitors every year,” said WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson.
“I understand that some of the closures may be inconvenient while this important work is undertaken, particularly during peak periods. But I would like to assure the community that disruptions to people’s enjoyment will be kept to a minimum.
“William Bay National Park has such a diverse landscape, with the turquoise waters of Greens Pool as its centrepiece. These upgrades will go towards enhancing the visitor experience to this park that is both an environmental treasure and a tourism asset for Western Australia.”