By Michael Roberts | posted on November 19, 2020
NATURE hotspots Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool were officially opened back up to the public on Tuesday afternoon for the first time since February as a significant revamp of William Bay National Park nears completion.
There is still some work to be done on the $4.4 million project, but most of the major upgrades are finished – albeit after two separate delays.
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed back the reopening to August before particularly heavy rainfall further delayed construction.
Stage one and two of the State Government-led project were supposed to be completed by July.
Shire of Denmark Acting CEO David Schober said it was important for local Denmark businesses to have the national park open once again.
“It will be a huge boost to local businesses to have William Bay National Park open again as this is a premier destination when visiting the south coast,” he said.
“While retail and hospitality have been strong in recent months due to extra visitors to the region the iconic Greens Pool will enhance trade further and is much loved by local residents.”
The new design has doubled the number of parking bays to 200, while newly sealed roads, toilet blocks, picnic tables and bicycle racks aim to make the tourist mecca a more visitor-friendly destination.
It’s estimated the park receives 300,000 visits each year.
“These upgrades will enhance the visitor experience in the park that is both an environmental treasure and tourism asset for Western Australia,” Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said.
Mr Dawson said the next stage of the renewal project is now underway and will include upgrading access paths to beaches and design and construction of new lookouts and installation of interpretative signage.
Meanwhile, Lights Beach will be off limits to the public until at least the end of June next year after upgrade works started on Wednesday.
The $700,000 redevelopment includes a new car park, toilet block, seating and signage.
Local contractor Nigel Palmer Earthmoving was awarded the tender.