New penguin centre and visitor facility upgrades for Penguin Island

Posted on February 22, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Government to improve tourism facilities on Penguin Island
  • New penguin centre and boardwalk and upgrades to existing facilities including walking paths and jetty works
  • $3.3 million commitment part of a $217 million package to support WA tourism businesses and local jobs

A re-elected McGowan Government will invest in a brand new penguin centre and visitor facilities for one of Perth’s much loved tourist attractions – Penguin Island.

The $3.3 million election pledge would also fund path upgrades and the refurbishment of existing buildings and facilities, including the island’s jetty.

The new and upgraded facilities are part of a re-elected McGowan Government’s $217 million package to support and grow tourism in WA to ensure the sector can recover from the pandemic stronger than ever.

The comprehensive tourism package would provide funding certainty and new tourism offerings to help grow domestic tourism and prepare WA for international tourism opportunities, when possible in a COVID safe environment.

The $217 million package includes exciting new tourism draw cards for the state, including a new Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Perth.

This package builds on the McGowan Government’s investment of more than $150 million in tourism through the WA Recovery and Jobs Plan.

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Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“Penguin Island is a favourite among local residents and families, and one of Perth’s most popular tourist destinations, with 93,000 visitors each year.

“If re-elected, my Government will build a new penguin centre to showcase the more than 1,200 Little Penguins that live on the island and upgrade visitor facilities to ensure tourists can explore everything this beautiful place has to offer.

“This $3.3 million redevelopment is part of a $217 million commitment by my WA Labor team to grow WA’s tourism industry.

“This major investment will create more than 460 local jobs throughout construction and many more ongoing local tourism jobs by enhancing Western Australia’s greatest assets – our world-class natural attractions.”