Over $400,000 will be distributed to the Karratha and Roebourne Visitor Centres for 2016, maintaining the provision of two quality visitor information services within the City.
The funding will assist the visitor services to continue to provide valuable services for the next year. Both centres will continue to look for other funding sources and business opportunities to supplement the City’s funding.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the City was committed to developing a strong tourism industry including having top quality visitor information centres. During 2016 Council has indicated that it plans to invite tenders for the provision of the visitor information services in the 2017 and 2018 calendar years.
“As we try and grow our tourism industry in the region, we need to make sure our visitor services are adapting to the changing nature of the industry,” Cr Long said.
“The City is looking at how we can encourage new tourism products and market our fantastic destination and we need to balance this with servicing the tourists that are already coming through our visitor centres,” he said.
“Both the Karratha and Roebourne Centres have extremely passionate teams who love our region and provide a great experience to visitors coming through."
Karratha Visitor Centre will receive up to $190,000 next year while Roebourne will receive up to $215,000, which will cover operational costs as well as improvements to the respective buildings.
Council’s intent is to advertise a fixed price tender for visitor servicing in 2017 and 2018 to deliver a minimum service level for visitors and to potentially co-locate visitor services into new facilities such as the Karratha Arts and Community Precinct in subsequent years.