Golden glow for national park

Yanchep National Park staff Mark Varley, Alison Pritchard, Ewen MacGregor, Jennifer Green, Ciara McIlduff and Julia Coggins with Tourism WA chief executive Stephanie Buckland.
Yanchep National Park staff Mark Varley, Alison Pritchard, Ewen MacGregor, Jennifer Green, Ciara McIlduff and Julia Coggins with Tourism WA chief executive Stephanie Buckland.

The park won gold for the tourist attractions category in the WA Tourism Awards on November 9.

Manager Alison Pritchard, who left the national park after 12 years this week, said winning gold meant she left on a high note.

‘We have an incredible team of passionate and committed staff and volunteers at Yanchep, and it’s been an honour to accept a prestigious gold medal at the Tourism Awards on Saturday night which acknowledges our achievements,’ she said.

‘What a high to go out on.

‘This could not be possible without the enormous commitment, passion and expertise that everyone gives and the support from the business that operate within the park, along with the district, regional and parks and visitors service staff.’

Ms Pritchard said she had found her 12 years had been ‘incredibly rewarding’ and she would be taking long service leave before starting a position at Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden won gold for the major tourist attractions, as well as the Sir David Brand Award for Tourism, and the Kings Park Festival took the top prize for festivals and events.