Renovations boost visitor service

ROTTNEST Island has undergone major renovations in the 1999-2000 year.

The island’s ongoing refurbishment program resulted in the upgrade of another 16 cottages at South Thomson.

The Thomson Bay fuel jetty was reconstructed at a cost of $654,000, including an efficient new fuel outlet.

Major structural strengthening to maintain the 1840s seawall and improve visitor safety was undertaken.

The Rottnest Island Boathouse was repaired and conserved.

Boardwalks at Thomson Bay, stairwells and a fenced pathway at Bathurst Point were constructed to limit coastal erosion and enable safe visitor access.

The Rottnest Island Authority’s Winter Magic campaign paid dividends with an 18 per cent increase in visitor numbers during winter.

Major restoration works were completed to the Number One Gun at Oliver Hill and a Discovery Centre Enviromental Classroom was opened.

A memorial and display commemorating the role of the Australian Women’s Army Service on Rottnest during World War II was established.

Management improvements to the desalination and waste water plant improved efficiency and reduced costs.

A new one-stop Visitor and Information Centre was opened.

Planned works for 2000-01 include:

* Resolution of the long-term development of the Rottnest Island Hotel to ensure customers’ expectatons of facilities are met while regarding the heritage values of the original 1860s building;

* Conservation of the historic Signal Station;

* Continuing construction of a coastal walk trail and walk trail around Garden Lake project;

* Redevelopment of the Thomson Bay shopping precinct with increased seating and shade areas;

* Ongoing upgrades to holiday accommodation; and

* Construction of a new children’s playground.

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