Jetty plans ‘won’t harm environment’
Busselton Jetty chief executive officer Lisa Shreeve has moved to quell concerns regarding the environmental impacts of the attraction’s new village development.
The Times revealed the plans in late June, and despite a survey of 7000 jetty visitors indicating they would like to see the landmark develop further, members of the community have expressed their concerns.
The plans include a designated safe swimming area and the development of the world’s biggest underwater observatory and a jetty village.
The village development will occur in two stages, with a glasshouse completed first, then an underwater observatory on the western side of the jetty.
The village will feature a bar and cafe, marine interpretation zone and environmental education space. Ms Shreeve said the organisation worked hard to protect and preserve the natural environment of Geographe Bay and had many initiatives in place to support this.
She said fishing off the jetty would not be impacted and the underwater development would enhance the marine sanctuary.
Busselton Margaret River Tourism Association joint chief executive Sharna Kearney supported the development and said it was critical for continued investment in key attractions such as the jetty.
“The village development has a strong potential to provide an expanded and improved visitor experience, appealing to past and new visitors,” she said.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the WA Government supported the jetty’s desire to create the world’s biggest underwater observatory.
“The Government, through Tourism WA and the South West Development Commission, is working with Busselton Jetty Inc on a prospectus to attract private investment for the development,” he said. “Having more activities on the jetty encourages visitors to stay longer in the area which provides a boost to local businesses.”
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