For­rest buys pop­u­lar car­a­van park

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Min­ing mag­nate An­drew For­rest has made a play into the North West tourism in­dus­try with the pur­chase of the Nin­ga­loo Light­house Car­a­van Park.

Mr For­rest pur­chased the pop­u­lar car­a­van park, si­t­u­ated up the top of the North West Cape 20km from Ex­mouth. A Min­deroo Group spokes­woman would not con­firm when the pur­chase took place, but it is be­lieved to have been fi­nalised this month.

The spokes­woman said An­drew and Ni­cola For­rest be­lieved in sup­port­ing eco-tourism in the North West.

“We be­lieve in pro­mot­ing marine ecol­ogy aware­ness, while en­cour­ag­ing ac­tive, pop­u­la­tion­wide en­gage­ment and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of our glob­ally unique coastal wilder­ness,” she said.

“The bio­di­ver­sity and sus­tain­able beauty of our frag­ile North­West shore­lines can be en­joyed by all if we never take it for granted.

“The park will con­tinue with its op­er­a­tion.”

The spokes­woman de­clined to com­ment on whether or not an ad­ja­cent 6.5ha block of land was also part of the pur­chase.

At Tues­day’s Shire of Ex­mouth coun­cil meet­ing, of­fi­cers rec­om­mended the Shire in­form the De­part­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage of its sup­port for the amal­ga­ma­tion of two parcels of crown land which share bor­ders with the car­a­van park.

The car­a­van park con­sists of a num­ber of car­a­van and camp sites, cab­ins, bun­ga­lows, seven chalets nes­tled in the hill be­low the Vlam­ing Head light­house, and a small cafe, fuel and con­ve­nience store.

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