A new caravan park and camping venture near Carnarvon Gorge received a boost from Central Highlands Regional Council last week in the form of a development charge subsidy. Mayor Cr Kerry Hayes said the council is determined to assist economic development in the region.
‘This particular opportunity comes from our development incentives policy,’ the mayor said.
‘The idea is to promote economic development generally, but the policy does have a specific category for ecotourism.
‘This development, near Carnarvon Gorge, is eligible for a sixty per cent subsidy on the infrastructure charge because it falls into the category of tourism development, adjoins an environmental management and conservation area, and meets the other strict criteria.
‘It’s the first application for ecotourism development that council has considered since the policy came into effect in 2015.
‘The council granted the subsidy, which I’m sure will have great benefits for the new business,’ the mayor said