Visitors to Busselton will soon have greater choice in beachfront accommodation and tourism experiences, thanks to $10.5 million in funding announced this week by Premier Colin Barnett and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman through the Royalties for Regions program.
RPS’ Economics team helped the City of Busselton to secure the funding which will deliver three sites for tourism accommodation; the foreshore parade and extra parking spaces to accommodate the increase in visitors to the area.
RPS Technical Director – Economics, Tim Connoley, who conducted an evaluation of the economic and social impacts of the foreshore development project, said that the Busselton Foreshore hotel and short stay accommodation precinct is one of the most critical aspects of the Busselton Foreshore redevelopment.
“Combined with the expansion of Busselton Margaret River Regional Airport, which will provide direct access to East Coast markets, there is considerable potential to attract tourists from across Australia and globally,” he said.
“Busselton is quickly becoming the “Events Capital” of Western Australia, hosting many high profile cultural and sporting events, such as Ironman Western Australia and Jazz by the Bay. It is also a popular cruise ship destination.”
“The proposed development will allow for high end beachside accommodation within the Busselton Central Business District which is not currently available.”
The large-scale venture complements other priority projects such as the refurbishment of the Busselton Jetty.
Royalties for Regions, through the Growing Our South initiative, will invest $600 million to revitalise the South-West, Peel, Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions, including the Bunbury-Waterfront and the Margaret River Perimeter Road.
Image credit: City of Busselton - The central core area of the foreshore is an established recreational / commercial hub. It’s also a natural foreshore entry point for pedestrians and the increasing number of visitors disembarking from cruise ships.
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01 June 2016