Eco-tourism plans floated

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Fortes­cue River and 40 Mile Beach’s nat­u­ral beauty and cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance could be tapped to make use of their tourism po­ten­tial un­der plans pro­posed by an in­dige­nous or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Yabu­rara and Coastal Mar­dud­hunera Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion was awarded $20,000 un­der the Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion’s com­mu­nity ch­est fund ini­tia­tive to look into eco-tourism mea­sures on their coun­try.

YACMAC her­itage of­fi­cer Au­drey Cos­mos said ideas such as guided tours, div­ing, snorkelling, bush walks, fish­ing and for­malised camping would be probed.

“It is a re­ally good feel­ing to have the com­mis­sion be­liev­ing in us that we can do some­thing like this,” she said.

“This is some­thing that should have gone ahead a long time ago be­cause we have some beau­ti­ful, beau­ti­ful coun­try out there.

“I have al­ways had the pas­sion about shar­ing the knowl­edge and what we got there on coun­try — I don’t think it’s some­thing that should be hid­den.”

Mrs Cos­mos said with the grant se­cured, YACMAC would push ahead with de­vel­op­ing a busi­ness plan to put to its mem­bers and the com­mu­nity.

“Tour guides, sto­ry­telling, camping with cus­to­di­ans, glamp­ing, it can all hap­pen — it just needs peo­ple to com­mit and want it to hap­pen,” she said.

PDC chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said YACMAC’s pro­posal fit­ted the fo­cus on grow­ing Pil­bara tourism.

“The Com­mu­nity Ch­est Fund pro­vides a kick­start for a range of projects across the Pil­bara, in­clud­ing the YACMAC cul­tural eco­tourism ini­tia­tive,” he said.

“The project will de­liver a plan for eco-cul­tural tourism ac­tiv­i­ties in Kar­ratha and will in­ves­ti­gate op­por­tu­ni­ties such as eco-camping and cul­tural tourism ex­pe­ri­ences.

“It’s pleas­ing to see Abo­rig­i­nal cor­po­ra­tions se­cur­ing fund­ing for projects that will pro­vide em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, while also en­hanc­ing the cel­e­bra­tion and preser­va­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture.”

YACMAC will now put a busi­ness case to­gether.

Pic­ture Stephen Scour­field

Eco-tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties on the Fortes­cue River are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

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