Ex­mouth up for a place on the board

Pilbara News - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley and Tom Zaun­mayr

An iconic tourist des­ti­na­tion in WA’s North West is about to roll the dice and take a chance on be­ing mo­nop­o­lised — but the com­mu­nity chest holds the key.

Ex­mouth has made the short list of famous Aussie lo­ca­tions that could be im­mor­talised on the Oz edi­tion of leg­endary board game Mo­nop­oly.

Toy gi­ant Has­bro Aus­tralia in­vited ev­ery State and Ter­ri­tory tourism of­fice to nom­i­nate five key lo­ca­tions and at­trac­tions peo­ple know and love.

Tourism WA named Broome, Perth, Mar­garet River, Ex­mouth and Esper­ance among its choices to ri­val the lu­cra­tive and most ex­pen­sive dark blue prop­erty strip known as May­fair.

But only two or three des­ti­na­tions in each State or Ter­ri­tory will make it on to the board and the fi­nal se­lec­tion is be­ing left up to the Aus­tralian pub­lic.

The 2017 edi­tion will show­case Aus­tralia’s favourite lo­ca­tions from each State or Ter­ri­tory and their in­clu­sion will de­pend on how the com­mu­nity votes.

The re­vamped game will in­clude spe­cial Aussie-themed to­kens.

Ex­mouth is famous for its fish­ing, World Her­itage-listed Nin­ga­loo Reef and Cape Range Na­tional Park.

Shire of Broome pres­i­dent Ron John­ston urged lo­cals to do their part to put Broome on the board.

“Broome is one of Aus­tralia’s most beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions, from its idyl­lic beaches and rugged wilder­ness to its ro­man­tic pearling his­tory and time­less indige­nous cul­ture,” he said.

“It would be fan­tas­tic recog­ni­tion for the town to be in­cluded on the Aus­tralian ver­sion of Mo­nop­oly as it boasts some of the best scenery, fish­ing, pearl re­tail­ing and beaches around the coun­try.”

Vot­ing at monopolyaus­tralia.com.au closes on Novem­ber 22, 2016.

The pub­lic can cast one vote, per State and Ter­ri­tory, per day. Peo­ple can sup­port their home town, and even vote for other lo­ca­tions and at­trac­tions around Aus­tralia.

The State or Ter­ri­tory with the most votes will se­cure the cov­eted May­fair po­si­tion.

Shire of Ex­mouth pres­i­dent Turk Shales failed to re­spond by the time of print.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Tourists at North West Cape near Ex­mouth.

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