Major Investment in the Busselton/Margaret River Region

Ngilgi Cave visitor centre Artist impression

8th October 2021

The Federal Government has announced major funding for 5 projects in the South West under Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Significant Investment will be made into the Busselton/Margaret River Region with three projects successfully funded:
• Ngilgi Cave upgrade to develop the above and below ground Visitor Experience in Yallingup for the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA)
• Expansion of the Perth International Jazz Festival to the Busselton foreshore.
• The inaugural 10-day Fine Vines Festival in Cowaramup for the Margaret River Wine Association.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said this investment will deliver better facilities and tourism opportunities in the Busselton/Margaret River region with significant project costs injected into the local economy.

“I know how important this upgrade will be for local people as well as attracting visitors to the region. To have experiences and events to enjoy in Cowaramup, Busselton and Yallingup will make this region an even greater place to live.

MRBTA’s joint CEO and Operations Manager said, “Ngilgi Cave was the region’s first visitor attraction, but it had a history long before that. Through this project we hope to foster a deeper appreciation of the natural world around the cave; how it came to be, and the way in which it has influenced, and been influenced by, the people of our region for the last 60,000 years.”
“Tourism plays an integral role in the economic, environmental, social and cultural outcomes for our community. The development of new experiences and events, made possible by this funding, will greatly assist in attracting high value travelers, and support our region’s Covid recovery.”
Other projects to receive funding in the South West include
• The redevelopment of Hands Oval to a new multi-purpose elite sporting facility for the City of Bunbury
• The Lost and Found Festival for the Ferguson Valley Marketing Inc

“Infrastructure upgrades funded in this latest funding round will ensure the South West remains a great place to live and work, while helping to create local jobs and support important regional industries as we recover from COVID-19.,” Ms Marino said.

Under Round 5 of the BBRF, the Government has committed almost $300 million to support 295 projects across regional Australia, which will create an estimated 9,900 jobs during the project period.

This latest funding round takes total support through the BBRF to $1.38 billion across nearly 1,300 projects.

For a full list of successful projects, please visit