NW tourism given a leg up

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A tourism devel­op­ment pro­gram in the Pil­bara will seek to guide new op­er­a­tors through the start-up process in or­der to get more op­er­a­tors up and run­ning in the re­gion.

The Busi­ness Cen­tre Pil­bara was awarded $600,000 over a three-year pe­riod un­der the Aus­tralian Small Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Ser­vices grant scheme an­nounced by the Fed­eral Govern­ment in March.

BCP chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Jag­ger said the fund­ing pro­gram would be used to build ca­pac­ity to of­fer tourism busi­ness devel­op­ment ser­vices across the Pil­bara, in­clud­ing Ex­mouth. It will be known as the Warlu Way — a nod to the route con­nect­ing many tourist hotspots in the North West.

“There is a fo­cus on indige­nous tourism, but an­other rea­son for pick­ing the name is his­tor­i­cally the Warlu Way was de­vel­oped as such to cel­e­brate Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in the Pil­bara,” he said. “The stage we’re at now is de­vel­op­ing the process, how we will start en­gag­ing with busi­ness.

“We haven’t op­er­ated ser­vices in New­man so we need to make sure we’re do­ing that in an ap­pro­pri­ate way (through) lo­cal indige­nous con­sul­tants.

“This pro­gram is about ac­ti­vat­ing in­ter­est and work­ing closely with busi­ness in­ten­ders.”

Mr Jag­ger said for the most part the ser­vice would be free, with only min­i­mal costs for planned work­shops and events.

“Hope­fully we see more busi­nesses start up and there­fore more tourism prod­uct for tourism to en­joy.

“For this pro­gram we are be­ing more spe­cific in what that ser­vice sup­port needs be­cause its about busi­ness work­ing in the tourism sec­tor.”

Du­rack MHR Melissa Price said the fund­ing would as­sist the BCP’s sup­port of small busi­nesses across the Pil­bara and Ex­mouth.

Pic­ture: Busi­ness Cen­tre Pil­bara

Melissa Price and BCP chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Jag­ger.

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