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Road to Hope for Ravensthorpe region

The state government says it will seal the road from Hopetoun to Bremer Bay, and provide financial assistance of $5 million, to lessen the financial impact of the closure of BHP Billiton's Ravensthorpe nickel operations.

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australind
It is well established in many geographical research papers that good transport links are a precusor to development and to increasing tourist activity. This road will lead to the increased degradation of the National Park. No I am not a dark greenie. I am a town planner of many years experience who has done work in Hopetoun

Perth
A forgotten aspect of the Ravensthorpe Nickel mine was the destruction of declared rare flora and threatened ecological communities to allow mining. This impact was to no avail given the recent closure. The Government's solution to this is to open up a World Biosphere area, the Fitzgerald River National Park, to visitor access. Most of the mountain peaks in the wilderness zone of the park are prohibited access to protect threatened flora and reduce the risk of dieback disease introduction and spread. A complementary role is to conserve the biosphere reserve’s landscapes, free visible of human disturbance. http://www.unesco.org/mabdb/br/brdir/directory/biores.asp?mode=all&code=AUL+08

Newdegate
Forget about a road, build a huge marina like at Mindarree at Hopetoun and watch the population swell. New jobs would be created with 250 or more people coming to town. Hopetoun is a lovely spot and till this mess one of the state's best kept secrets.

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