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MICEBTN - augusT-oCToBEr - 2016 • Page 43 WESTERN AUSTRAliA WEsTErN Australia’s Jurien Bay Boat Harbour is to be redeveloped thanks to Royalties for Regions funding of A$8.7 million for the Southern Harbour Pre- cinct Redevelopment. Other projects confirmed include an extension of a cycle trail from Jurien Bay to Cervantes and upgrades to Mid- West campgrounds. The infrastructure spend is expected to reinvigorate tourism in the region, ac- cording to premier and Tourism minister Colin Barnett. Barnett said the funding facilitated a broader investment in not only the harbour itself, but in short stay accom- modation, which was in great demand. “The project will prepare the site for an 80-unit visitor accommodation hub, establish a waterfront market-style retail avenue and grassed public open space,” said Barnett. “It will would also facilitate the expansion of the commer- cial area of the harbour proper.” Accolades for Cathedral Square and its stars feature in National Awards PROVING old and new can co-exist in vibrant harmony, Perth’s Cathedral Square pre- cinct has become a pleasant experience for visitors and locals alike. The precinct embraces the new City of Perth Library and revitalised State Buildings, complemented by art works and landscaping. The library, designed by architect Kerry Hill, has already built an international reputa- tion not only for its multi-media collections but also advanced technology that allows it to deliver on research and resource sharing. Now the Library and State Buildings are joint contenders in the National Architecture Awards, having earlier taken the top honour – the George Temple-Poole Award – in this year’s WA Architec- ture Awards. This is a fitting honour because Temple-Poole was – in various govern- ment and private roles – responsible for some of Perth’s finest buildings as well as many in Freman- tle and as far afield as Coolgardie, Roebourne and neighbouring Cos- sack, Albany and else- where around the state. He also designed many beautiful houses, several of which are still in use. Temple-Poole played a key role in the development of Kings Park and was involved in a remarkable variety of other pro- jects such as helping establish a tramway, which did much to open up Perth’s suburbs. He died in 1934. Perth Lord May Lisa Scaffidi said the Temple-Poole award reaffirmed Cathedral Square’s status as a contemporary, engaging civic space. The revamped state buildings have also been honoured for restoration and adaptive re-use. They now house a carefully-curated selection of high-end retail and hospitality venues. Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse Photo: Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association Cathedral Square, Perth A$8.7 to upgrade Jurien Bay Boat Harbour and surrounds lighthouses are visitor beacons THERE’s something about a light- house that appeals to the imagination: A coastal guardian, a welcoming bea- con, a symbol of free passage on the seas. Australia has many of them and Western Australia is home to some of the most impressive. Two of the best known – consid- ered by many to be icons - are at Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste in the state’s south west near Augusta and Dunsborough respectively. These lighthouses attract more than 150,000 visitors annually, many of them coming to the region to enjoy its world-famous wine and food. Both are now undergoing a make- over funded largely by Royalties for Regions supported by local invest- ment, notably from the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association. This project builds on careful maintenance of the lighthouses and ancillary buildings over the years. Restoration and protective work will include extra interpretative services, lookouts and a café. The lighthouses are within the Leeuwin-Naturalise National Park. A walking track runs between them, rich in both wildlife and flora. Infrastructure in the region has also been enhanced in the past few years, with further upgrading planned.