Planning and environmental studies towards a Minninup Pool Campground will be funded by a McGowan Labor Government to prepare the area to become a new tourism spot only five minutes from town.


Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said an initial $500,000 over four years would lay the groundwork for a future build, with the plan designed to increase the number of nature-based, short-stay tourism options around Collie.


He said the Minninup Pool commitment would link in with new tourism facilities at Lake Kepwari, Stockton Lake and Wellington Dam to boost Collie’s profile as a tourism location in the inland South West.


Increased illegal camping at Minninup Pool means designated camping facilities are needed to protect the area’s delicate natural environment.


Comments from Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray:


“Minninup Pool is a terrific local spot but it could bring so much more to Collie with the right facilities.


“Its popularity is starting to put pressure on the natural environment with increases in illegal camping and we can’t risk permanently damaging the area.


“We need to also be very mindful of what makes Minninup Pool so special to locals. Before planning and environmental studies begin we will carry out a full community consultation process to determine how to take the area forward in the best way.


“We have some great local tourism assets in Collie, but not many that close to town. If we can start to really draw campers and caravans into a tourist spot so close to town, the benefits for the local economy and jobs would be significant.


“Our small businesses, pubs and restaurants could always use more foot traffic. The Minninup Pool plan would tie in with our commitment to open Lake Kepwari within six months, provide $200,000 of new walk trails at Wellington Dam and invest $250,000 towards upgrades at Lake Stockton.”