MEDIA RELEASE: Wellington National Park expansion to boost eco-tourism in Collie-Preston region

Published on Tuesday, 20 October 2020 at 4:19:34 PM

Eco-tourism within the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup is set to be enhanced following last week’s announcement from the McGowan Government that the State Budget would include an injection of $3.35million into the expansion of Wellington National Park.

The expansion will see the border of the Park extend to Glen Mervyn Dam, a popular water skiing, swimming, fishing and camping spot located 34kms from the Donnybrook Town Centre and 18km from the Collie Town Centre.

Last year, Shire of Donnybrook Balingup President Brian Piesse announced the Shire would join forces with the Shire of Collie to secure funding to develop facilities at Glen Mervyn Dam which is located within the Collie-Preston region.

Brian Piesse said “we have been collaborating with the Shire of Collie and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to develop ecotourism and water recreation facilities at Glen Mervyn Dam.”

There are currently no formal amenities at Glen Mervyn Dam, where a section of the famous Bibbulmun walking trail passes over the dam wall.

The funds for the expansion will allow for upgrades to road and visitor facilities such as campgrounds for the National Park.

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said “I am proud to say that we are working to ensure a brighter future for the people of Collie-Preston by creating a recreation and conservation hub linking the five local shires and promoting the area.”

Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson, who recently met in Donnybrook with the Shire President and CEO said "The McGowan Government is committed to expanding the network of national parks and reserves in Western Australia to protect conservation values and enable areas to be enjoyed now and for years to come.”

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