City celebrates new visitor centre and library upgrade

Visitors to Albany and the Great Southern have a new focal point with the official opening of the Albany Visitor Centre on Friday 20 April. The centre was a $3 million extension to the Albany Public Library, and there were associated improvements in the library and new landscaping in Alison Hartman Gardens.

South West MLC Dr Sally Talbot spoke on behalf of Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

Dr Talbot said the centre was a place of the future because it combined functions and made efficient use of resources.

“This is a facility that will benefit the whole of the region,” Dr Talbot said. “Nearly half of the income that tourism brings this state goes outside the metropolitan area. Albany, we should build on our strengths and make sure that more and more of that share of the tourist dollar comes our way.”

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson formally opened the centre, and took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with City of Albany CEO Andrew Sharpe, Dr Talbot, Noongar elder Lester Coyne and City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington.

The new visitor centre features a virtual reality display that gives tourists a taste of the locations they can visit on the amazing south coast.

Through Tourism WA, the State Government supported the construction of the visitor centre with $304,000. State Government funding of $150,000 through the GSDC supported landscaping improvements in Alison Hartman Gardens.

A further $200,000 through the GSDC supported upgraded computers, better shelving and a new customer service area.

The Australian Government also supported the visitor centre project with $997,500 through the National Stronger Regions Fund.

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