$5.1million upgrade at Lane Poole Reserve

$5.1million upgrade at Lane Poole Reserve

Environment Minister Albert Jacob today officially opened the new $2.1million Baden Powell campground at Lane Poole Reserve in Dwellingup, as part of the State Government’s commitment to provide low-cost camping and caravanning sites across Western Australia.

Mr Jacob also announced a further $2million would be spent redeveloping Nanga Mill campground and another $1million would go toward other works at the reserve.

The Minister said the new Baden Powell campground provided an additional 42 campsites and two larger group camping areas, significantly boosting capacity at the picturesque reserve located 100km south-east of Perth.

“The new campground can accommodate about 180 campers and has excellent amenities including three camp kitchens, eight toilets, picnic tables, pathways and a car park,” he said.

“It has been designed to cater for a range of camping types, including, for the first time at Lane Poole, specific sites for caravans or camper trailers. This development adds to Lane Poole Reserve’s existing 160 campsites, which are consistently booked out on long weekends and during peak holiday periods.”

Construction of the new Baden Powell campground was funded with $1.35million from the State Government ($1million from Royalties for Regions and $350,000 from the Department of Environment and Conservation) and $750,000 from Alcoa.  Works were carried out by DEC.

“The Baden Powell campground is an example of the type of low-cost, high-quality, accommodation sites that will be built in the south and Mid-West of WA under the Liberal National Government’s Parks for People initiative,” Mr Jacob said.

“Over the next four years, the Government has allocated an additional $20million to provide more facilities like this in magnificent bushland settings for WA families to enjoy.”

The Minister said work had begun on the $2million ($1million from RfR) redevelopment of Nanga Mill campground, to provide an additional 29 campsites specifically for caravans. A further $1million would go to other upgrades at Lane Poole Reserve, including redeveloping the Baden Powell day-use area.

The new Baden Powell campground is now open to the public. Many Lane Poole Reserve campsites can be pre-booked at http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/campgrounds/

Fact File

  • Lane Poole Reserve receives about 190,000 visits per year
  • Recreational activities available include camping, bushwalking, swimming, canoeing and rafting, cycling, fishing, wildlife observation, picnicking and photography
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