The Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre was officially opened today with the assistance of $1.2 million in funding from the Federal Government.
The $2.59 million Centre is a redevelopment of the old Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre, as part of a community led strategy by the Shire of Murray to grow jobs and encourage business growth in the local community.
The new Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre is WA’s first purpose-built trails centre. It is designed to provide practical facilities and information for visitors who have come to use the region’s mountain bike, walking, 4x4 and horse trails.
The new centre is equipped with a bike wash area, hot showers and toilets, a café, laundromat, equipment hire and modern visitor information services.
The centre complements the recently opened pump track and skate park, the nearby Hotham Valley Tourist Railway, and the camping grounds in Lane Pool Reserve and surrounding areas.
Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie said the new Centre was an important part of a range of measures aimed at growing tourism in the local area.
“Tourism is pumping in Dwellingup thanks to the carefully thought out vision of the Shire of Murray and local community over the past four years. They have worked hard to build the region into a hub for adventure trails of world class standards.
“We are now starting to see the fruit of their efforts – every weekend the town is full of people looking for a new adventure in our beautiful local environment.
“The Centre provides additional facilities and services to make Dwellingup an even more attractive destination for day trippers and holiday makers.
“The Coalition Government committed $1.2 million to this project this back in 2017 and has since committed an additional $3.4 million to expand the trails themselves. It’s exciting to see that investment leading to more tourists visiting and spending in our region.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $1,279,129 investment in community infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Dwellingup region.
“In addition to improving facilities and amenities for tourists and locals, this investment will also produce long-term economic benefits to the region as it is expected to contributing $1.2 million to the Shire of Murray’s Gross Regional Product,” Mr McCormack said.
“By supporting nine jobs in construction and creating an expected 59 ongoing jobs after completion, this project will help bring economic prosperity to Dwellingup for many years to come.”