Picturesque pitch to kiosk operator
Could you imagine gazing over the edge of the cliff face along the Murchison Gorge while you work?
That’s the vision the State Government is keen to pitch to food vendors after launching a search to find a vendor to operate a kiosk at the upcoming Kalbarri Skywalk, tipped to open in 2020.
Forget the perks of an inner-city office, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions — Parks and Wildlife Service is urging experienced individuals and organisations to apply for the opportunity.
Expressions of interest have opened for the lease, which would allow the winning applicant to sell food, drinks, merchandise and souvenirs, provide a cafe-style service and hire out equipment.
The site will include toilets, shade shelters, landscaping, connecting pathways, carparks and interpretive signage.
The kiosk will be linked to key tourism sites in the national park through an additional 22km of sealed roads.
WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson encouraged local businesses to consider the remote gig.
“We want visitors to really take time to appreciate the spectacular natural beauty of the park, while supporting local business and the local economy,” Mr Dawson said.
“Visitors to Kalbarri National Park will be able to spend the entire day exploring its sites, and enhance their experience by enjoying a refreshing drink and meal in the stunning surrounds of the Skywalk site.”
From the beaches, scenery, recreational experiences and a range of accommodation options, WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia spruiked the region’s “spectacular” offerings.
“Annual visits to the park have increased by more than 100,000 over the past three years, and it is expected that the number of local, interstate and international tourists will continue to rise,” he said.
“Kalbarri’s economic mainstay is tourism, and the creation of this national park infrastructure with kiosk will enhance the already growing local tourism industry.”
The $24 million Kalbarri Skywalk and $10.1 million joining road and carpark improvements have created more than 150 local jobs during the construction phase, 10 of which employed Aboriginal people from the region.
For more information, visit the Tenders WA website.
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