14/08/2012 - 15:16

Ecotourism opportunity at Francois Peron

14/08/2012 - 15:16

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The state government is seeking a development partner to build and operate a world-class ecotourism experience in Francois Peron National Park, in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area.

Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the government was seeking a development of the same calibre as Sal Salis at Ningaloo Reef, Karijini Eco Retreat or the Eco Beach Resort at Brome.

“Francois Peron is one of the truly extraordinary areas of WA with its scenic coastline featuring red cliffs, turquoise blue water, white beaches and abundant wildlife,” Dr Hames said.

The land will be released under the state government’s Naturebak program, jointly managed by Tourism Western Australia and the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Up to $20 million in funding will be made available for the project, under the Royalties for Regions scheme, Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said.

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