Ngilgi Cave improvements explored

Sophie ElliottBusselton Dunsborough Times
MRBTA joint CEO Steve Harrison, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, Koomal Dreaming operator Josh Whiteland, South West MLC Adele Farina and MRBTA asset and environment manager Mark Delane after a tour of the cave precinct.
Camera IconMRBTA joint CEO Steve Harrison, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, Koomal Dreaming operator Josh Whiteland, South West MLC Adele Farina and MRBTA asset and environment manager Mark Delane after a tour of the cave precinct.

The Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association has pitched its plans for upgrading facilities at Ngilgi Cave to the State’s Tourism Minister.

Paul Papalia and South West MLC Adele Farina toured the site on the Minister’s recent visit to the South West.

MRBTA joint chief executive Steve Harrison said the association was looking to improve the visitor experience in a way that was relevant to the nature and history of the site. “Interpretation and storytelling would be an important part of the upgrade as well as improvements to basic amenities such as parking facilities and the entrance/ticketing area,” he said.

“The underground cave experience at Ngilgi is excellent. The aim is for visitors to explore the site and be educated and entertained by a series of informative and interactive installations.”

MRBTA’s most popular attraction, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, was revitalised last year and has attracted more visitors.

Over recent years, visitors to Ngilgi Cave have declined.

Mr Papalia said Ngilgi Cave was the next site in MRBTA’s management that needed investment. “At present, the toilets are built on top of the cave, which isn’t appropriate given the cultural tours that take place and the car park is confusing,” he said.

Mr Papalia said he would work with the MRBTA to explore funding streams.

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