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New direction for Lane Poole Reserve

Baden Powell camp kitchen at Lane Poole Reserve
Baden Powell camp kitchen at Lane Poole Reserve Laurence Radin

Department of Parks and Wildlife Director of Parks and Visitor Services Peter Sharp recently met with local community, business and tourism representatives to outline plans for the introduction of visitor entry fees to assist with the future management of popular Lane Poole Reserve near Dwellingup.

“As part of its Parks for People initiative the State Government has invested more than $5.7 million via Royalties for Regions to upgrade facilities at the Baden Powell and Nanga Brook campgrounds in Lane Poole Reserve, which now attracts around 183,000 visits annually,” Mr Sharp said.

Mr Sharp said the department was keen to ensure that the exceptional visitor experiences provided at the reserve would be maintained to a high standard into the future.

“Entry fees at Lane Poole will come into effect as of 4 April 2016 and will generate upwards of $200,000 per annum that will be retained in the area and go towards the upgrade and maintenance of park visitor facilities, enhanced management presence during peak times and supporting nature conservation efforts,” he said.

Recognising that local parks are important recreation resources for communities, the department is also introducing a new Local Resident Park Pass.

“This will provide residents of the Shires of Murray and Waroona with unlimited entry into Lane Poole Reserve and Serpentine National Park for a 12-month period at a discounted cost of $15 per vehicle from 4 April 2016 until 3 April 2017,” Mr Sharp said.

Mr Sharp said the extensive upgrades at Lane Poole, which include a revamped Baden Powell picnic area, provide an ideal opportunity to raise the profile of this magnificent reserve located close to Perth and the ever-growing Peel region.

“We have discussed strategies to develop and grow nature-based tourism and recreation

in the Dwellingup area with community representatives,” he said.

“The Bibbulmun Track and the Munda Biddi Trail pass close by the Lane Poole facilities and together with the picturesque Murray River will provide extra recreational opportunities to attract visitors to the area.”

Lane Poole Reserve is among 34 parks in WA where entry fees will apply.

Media contact: Parks and Wildlife Media 9219 9999