Margaret River, Western Australia (PRWEB) January 08, 2013
The Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association (AMRTA) has announced that the extensive preservation and restoration of Western Australia’s Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse precinct is now underway.
Two of the century-old outbuildings and a cottage are the focus of StageTwo of the restoration project, which has as its main aim restoring the original appearance of the buildings so that the heritage of the site is preserved.
The Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association has committed $110,000 of its own funds to the project, which is being collaboratively supported by Royalties for Regions and the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism’s T-QUAL program contributing $79,000 and $110,000 respectively.
AMRTA CEO Simon Ambrose said the project was a joint effort which will preserve the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, its grounds and outbuildings, for generations to come.
“We have been working closely with heritage architects, who developed an overarching Master Plan for the site, as well as the Heritage Council of Western Australia, the Department of Environment and Conservation, and the Shire of Augusta Margaret River,” said Mr Ambrose.
Prior to work commencing on the project, all buildings within the site were subjected to a comprehensive risk assessment, which helped to determine the level of restoration required.
“The buildings at the Lighthouse site are more than 100 years old, and are subject to extreme weather conditions which can cause ageing issues.”
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is a popular attraction for visitors to the Margaret River area of Western Australia, particularly in the summer holidays.
“The Lighthouse was closed for two days in November but the site and tower have since been re-opened to the public, and the ongoing restoration will not impact on the opening hours over the busy school holiday period,” said Mr Ambrose.
The preservation and restoration work will include the creation of an on-site museum, which will add yet another attraction to this area, already famous for its wineries, surf beaches and caves. With the help of favourable weather conditions, the work is anticipated to be completed by the end of March, 2013.
For more information about the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse visit margaretriver.com
About AMRTA and the Margaret River Visitor Centre
The Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association (AMRTA) is a self-funded, not for profit, membership-based organisation that represents more than 500 local tourism businesses. The Association is an innovative and cohesive organisation with high values fostering excellence in sustainable tourism, visitor servicing and destination promotion. A nine-member Committee of Management elected by the membership oversees operations.
The Association provides information to visitors and bookings for accommodation, tours and attractions. It works closely with its members to provide visitors with a wide variety of activities.
We manage both the Margaret River Visitor Centre and the Augusta Visitor Centre, offering a wide variety of services and activities. Our centres welcome over 285,000 visitors per year. Some 300 telephone inquiries are handled by our expert staff each day. Both visitor centres are accredited with the Tourism Council of Western Australia. In 2012 AMRTA was awarded the gold medal in the Visitor Information Services category at the WA Tourism Awards, enhancing its status as one of the nation’s best.
Caves and Lighthouse
AMRTA also manages five of Western Australia’s most extraordinary attractions. Jewel, Lake, Mammoth and Moondyne Caves lie beneath the towering karri trees and wildflowers. Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse stands at the meeting place of the Southern and Indian Oceans, Australia’s most southwestern point.
For more information visit MargaretRiver.com