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Another step forward for Kalgoorlie-Boulder Indigenous Visitors’ Centre


 

  • Murray River North Pty Ltd awarded design and construct tender for $3million project
  • Facility to house 51 indigenous people on short stays in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

The construction of a centre to provide transit accommodation for Aboriginal people visiting Kalgoorlie-Boulder has reached a key milestone with the tender awarded for design and construction of the $3million project.

Housing Minister Troy Buswell said Murray River North Pty Ltd was awarded tender for the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Indigenous Visitors’ Centre.

“This is a complex project and I am pleased to see the visitors’ centre progress to this key stage,” Mr Buswell said.

"Aboriginal people from remote towns and communities who need to travel to Kalgoorlie-Boulder for family, health, business or cultural purposes will have a safe and comfortable place to stay during their short visits.”

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Liberal-National Government was spending $13million through the Royalties for Regions program to establish indigenous visitor hostels in major regional centres across Western Australia.

“The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Indigenous Visitors’ Centre will be the first of its kind in Western Australia, and will house up to 51 guests,” Mr Grylls said.

"It will lessen the hardship experienced by short-term visitors and lead to a reduction inpeople sleeping rough and the associated risks to those visitors.”

The facility is expected to open in July 2012.

Negotiations for the site of the Broome Indigenous Visitors’ Centre are under way.

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  • Announcement of site and first tender

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