Rottnest Island gets $1.9m infrastructure boost

Rottnest Island. Picture: Auscape/UIG via Getty Images
Rottnest Island. Picture: Auscape/UIG via Getty Images

ROTTNEST Island is receiving a major infrastructure boost in a bid to increase the number of visitors heading to the island’s West End.

The $1.9m refurbishment is one of nine tourism infrastructure projects funded by a $17.2m Federal Government tourism allocation.

A further $16.2m has also been commited by the State Government for a new fuel jetty and barge landing.

The island’s West End, which boasts a seal colony and a host of other natural and marine wildlife attractions, will soon have new shelters, seating, access pathways, viewing platforms and an ablution building.

It will also feature public artwork and interactive features by Noongar artists. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Rottnest is popular with locals and visitors alike.

WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the the $3 million fuel jetty project had been finalised and tenders have been sought for its demolition and reconstruction, scheduled to begin in April.

“As the number of visitors to Rottnest continues to increase, the State and Commonwealth governments are investing in infrastructure to support this growth,” Minister Papalia said.

“The State Government has committed critical infrastructure funding for the jetty and barge landing to ensure services are maintained and the visitor experience is enhanced.

“The boating fraternity are an important part of the Rottnest community, with thousands of private boats making the trip to Rottnest every month, and this funding ensures better experiences for all.”

Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism Jonno Duniam said the project would upgrade amenities and tourism infrastructure on the more remote West End, ensuring better visitor experiences in the increasingly popular area.

“Rottnest is a jewel in Australia’s crown of stunning tourism locations and the Commonwealth is investing to ensure it can keep up with demand,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

“The West End project is part of a $33 million suite of Federal and State Government projects to revitalise and build new infrastructure on Rottnest – supporting the island’s ongoing growth in visitor numbers.

“It is vital we continue to invest in stunning natural experiences like Rottnest Island, and that’s exactly what we are doing.”