Big strides made at Kar­i­jini

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

New walk­ing trails in Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park have been opened to im­prove ac­cess to one of the renowned parks’ most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions as we head into peak tourism sea­son.

Visi­tors have bet­ter ac­cess to the pop­u­lar Fortes­cue Falls and Fern Pool with the com­ple­tion of new steel stairs and walk­ways.

Pil­bara Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said the in­fra­struc­ture would bring more visi­tors to the Pil­bara’s nat­u­ral at­trac­tions.

“The new ac­cess stairs and view­ing plat­forms pro­vide im­proved ac­cess to the pop­u­lar tourist spot, al­low­ing visi­tors of all ages to ad­mire the park’s only per­ma­nent waterfall,” he said.

“The Pil­bara Re­gional In­vest­ment Blue­print iden­ti­fies the devel­op­ment of the re­gion’s tourism sec­tor as one of the top three pri­or­i­ties to di­ver­sify the econ­omy.

“This is a great boost for Kar­i­jini and a good sign of things to come for tourism in the re­gion.”

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said the im­proved ac­cess pro­vided high-qual­ity tourism in­fra­struc­ture in the na­tional park.

“These new stairs and walk­ways pro­vide a safer and user-friendly path to the bot­tom of the 100m deep Dales Gorge,” he said.

“This project has de­liv­ered a safer walk with stun­ning views for visi­tors, with plat­forms along the walk al­low­ing tourists to stop and take in the beauty of the gorge walls and the falls.

“With the July school holidays ap­proach­ing, I hope more peo­ple will take the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty of this part of Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park.”

Mr Ja­cob said the stairs and walk­ways were de­signed and pre­fab­ri­cated by staff from the De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife Perth Hills dis­trict and as­sem­bled on site.

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