Tourist draw­card progress

A planned tourism precinct near Conzic Bay, on the Bur­rup Penin­sula, is tak­ing its first step to be­ing a re­al­ity. With an in­ter­pre­tive cen­tre, cafe and float­ing jetty, it is ex­pected to be a draw­card for visi­tors to the re­gion.

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Shan­non Beat­tie

A Pilbara-based Abo­rig­i­nal cor­po­ra­tion is de­vel­op­ing a po­ten­tial tourist draw­card for the re­gion by tak­ing the first step in cre­at­ing an in­ter­ac­tive tourism precinct on the Bur­rup Penin­sula.

The long-awaited project for the preser­va­tion and pro­mo­tion of indige­nous land and cul­ture driven by the Mu­ru­juga Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion is of­fi­cially un­der­way with an in­de­pen­dent flora and fauna sur­vey to en­sure the cho­sen site around Conz­inc Bay will not af­fect the na­tive species on coun­try.

The $32 mil­lion project will fea­ture a Liv­ing Knowl­edge Cen­tre which will show­case the cul­tural rich­ness and nat­u­ral di­ver­sity of the area, which is home to an es­ti­mated one mil­lion rock en­grav­ings dat­ing back tens of thou­sands of years.

Other key fea­tures will in­clude a camp­ground, cafe, gallery, gift shop, float­ing jetty and glamp­ing area.

The project is more than 16 years in the mak­ing and MAC chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Jef­fries said the start of the sur­vey would be a step for­ward in turn­ing the Bur­rup into an in­ter­na­tional tourist at­trac­tion.

“This is a once-in-a-life­time project that will see great ben­e­fits for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in­clud­ing a boost to lo­cal em­ploy­ment, the cre­ation of an un­prece­dented tourism at­trac­tion and cel­e­bra­tion of the unique land­scape and tra­di­tional cul­ture,” he said. “We hope that one day, the precinct will be at the heart of a World Her­itage Listed area, with the bid for her­itage list­ing al­ready un­der way.”

RPS Group’s sur­vey will be con­ducted af­ter the wet sea­son, and project di­rec­tor Jeremy Fitz­patrick said the group was proud to be in­volved in what would be an im­por­tant project for the re­gion.

“Not only will it be a place where lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, the broader com­mu­nity and visi­tors can im­merse them­selves in the his­tory of Mu­ru­juga coun­try, it will be a place where peo­ple can come to­gether to share in the wealth that is Mu­ru­juga’s liv­ing cul­ture,” he said. The State Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted $8 mil­lion to the project, plus $1 mil­lion an­nu­ally for the on­go­ing man­age­ment of the na­tional park. Wood­side has in­di­cated it will pro­vide $4 mil­lion in fund­ing, while the City of Kar­ratha has of­fered $3.5 mil­lion and com­mit­ted to con­struct the ac­cess road along the Bur­rup.

Once com­pleted (pre­dicted to be in 18 months), con­struc­tion of the precinct will be able to start.

Pic­ture: Shan­non Beat­tie

Mark Clifton, Bran­don Lock­yer, Con­rad Aubrey, Peter Jef­fries, Sarah Hicks, Mariah Reed and Tui Mag­ner.

Pic­tures: Shan­non Beat­tie

A float­ing jetty is be­ing planned for Conz­inc Bay.

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