The Create Ranger Parks campaign has welcomed an additional $25.6 million investment in the 2020-21 State Budget into the creation and management of national parks under the WA Government’s Plan for Our Parks program.
The funding will go towards developing Indigenous Land Use Agreements with Traditional Owners, the development of tourism infrastructure and the management of our national parks.
$41.3 million will also be invested in new and upgraded roads, trails and facilities for some national parks, under the WA COVID Recovery Plan, improving safety and accessibility for visitors in our parks.
Create Ranger Parks spokeswoman Linda Goncalves said the Budget announcement was a welcome boost for national parks in WA.
“This announcement highlights the importance of nature in rebuilding our economy. This budget shows that the McGowan Government recognises the environmental and economic benefits that come with the development of new national parks,” she said.
“Travel restrictions have encouraged us all to ‘wonder out yonder’ and re-discover the outback gems in our own backyard. Thanks to Plan for Our Parks and this increased funding, we will have even more places to enjoy.
“We also are heartened to see that $41.3 million of the WA Recovery Plan includes renovations and upgrades to roads, trails, asset improvements, recreation facilities and other attractions across WA. Many of these works are in national parks, which will help create jobs, stimulate regional development and refresh areas for visitors.”