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MICEBTN - May-JULY 2016 • Page 45 Conference with a difference we create... experiences Your Conference with a Difference at the Only ‘overseas’ Destination in Western Australia Contact us to create your own unique conference package T : +61 8-9292 5161 | E : firstname.lastname@example.org www.rottnestlodge.com.au wESTERN AUSTRALIA Roebourne’s Victoria Hotel transformed Historic Roebourne, photo Roebourne Visitor Centre ROEBOURNE boomed during the goldrush days of the late 19th century, along with the neighbouring town of Cossack. The Pilbara has since moved on, com- bining LNG, oil and inland mineral riches with tourism attracted by its spectacular landforms, but celebrating its 150th anni- versary this year, Roebourne has become something of a living museum. Many of its boom-day buildings are still in good shape and a visitor attraction in themselves. Another heritage building recently be- gan a journey back to classic splendour thanks to a financial commitment from the Pilbara Cities Economic Diversification Fund, delivered by the Pilbara Development Commission under the Royalties for Re- gions program. The Victoria Hotel is seen locally as something of a symbol of strength and new beginnings for Roebourne. The Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation purchased the heritage asset in 2013 with a vision to increase commercial confidence in Roebourne through positive change. “Our vision is to create a place where Aboriginal people can feel empowered to work and celebrate their culture,” explained Michael Woodley, the corporation’s chief executive. The diversification initiative is structured to build capacity beyond the mining sector, through tourism, small businesses, crea- tive industries and Aboriginal commercial development. On the web: www.roebourne.org.au Kimberley marine park to ranked No 2? If the WA Government decides to proceed with its extensive north Kimberley marine park intentions following public submissions on the draft management plan the 1.8 hectare zone will be the second largest of its kind in Australia, bettered only in size by its Great Barrier Reef counterpart on the east coast. It will also increase the total area of WA’s marine parks and reserves by more than 70 per cent. The Great Kimberley Marine Park will stretch from Horizontal Falls in the south, through Camden Sound and across to the WA/Northern Territory border. It will pro- tect a complex variety of marine habitats and inhabitants such as dolphin, dugong, turtle and sawfish populations. The park will also be rich in Aboriginal culture.