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State Budget delivers increased funding for national parks and reserves

30 Apr 2019 4:32 PM - $10 million will be invested over the next two years to establish visitor operations and infrastructure at the proposed Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park

The State Government is investing $10 million over the next two years to establish visitor operations and infrastructure at the proposed Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park.

This will include the creation of jetties, installation of signage and paths, and the expansion and upgrades to the airstrip.

A further $3.8 million will be spread over the four-year budget period for the ongoing management of the islands.

Known for its rich biodiversity and historic shipwrecks, the Abrolhos Islands and their surrounding coral reef communities form one of the world's most important seabird nesting areas.

It is also WA’s single largest western rock lobster fishery.

MWDC Chair Todd West said tourism infrastructure to support the development of the Abrolhos Islands has been a longstanding regional priority in the Commission’s tourism development strategy.

“We have seen fantastic growth in international visitation and a trend towards exploring our unique natural environment,” Mr West said.

“Easy access to the Abrolhos Islands represents a huge drawcard with a diverse range of experiences on offer.”

Full media statement: State Budget delivers increased funding for national parks and reserves