Visitor centre services inKarratha are planned to be advertised for tender next year, with the City of Karratha council opting to change the status quo.
More than $400,000 has been allocated between the Karratha and Roebourne visitor centres to keep them running until the end of 2016, at which point it is hoped a successful tender applicant will have been decided for the next two years.
Karratha Visitor Centre will receive up to $190,000 next year, while Roebourne will receive up to $215,000, which will cover operational costs as well as improvements to the buildings.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said visitor centre services needed to adapt to the changing nature of the industry.
“The City is looking at how we can encourage new tourism products and market our fantastic destination and we need to balance this with servicing the tourists that are already coming through our visitor centres,” he said.
“Both the Karratha and Roebourne centres have extremely passionate teams.”
RVC chairman Bruce Jorgenson said it was difficult to comment on the tender process as the “nature and condition” of it was unclear.
“RVC are very confident that with the excellent team that we have in our visitor centre, with their wealth of knowledge and commitment to the area, along with our new initiatives, that we would be in a very strong position to compete with other tenderers,” he said. “We are very pleased that the City of Karratha has clearly indicated their support for, and confidence in the Roebourne Visitor Centre for the next 18 months.”
He said the centre had been given a clear mandate to improve and expand quality of service.