New whale watching platform will be part of National Whale Trail

A whale watching site to be built at picturesque Point Picquet has the potential to become a new coastal attraction for locals and tourists alike.

The site has been granted funding to become part of the new National Whale Trail set up by the Australian Federal Government.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the $25,000 provided to the City of Busselton to help deliver the new vantage point stemmed from a Coalition election promise.

“The new platform will be land-based and offer a close vantage point to view the whales as they migrate along the coast – something I’m sure people will enjoy,” Mrs Marino said.

“This experience should also encourage understanding in our communities about whale conservation and protection.

“I congratulate both the Dunsborough Coast and Land Care group, who have spent years monitoring whales at Point Picquet, and the City of Busselton for promoting a new universal access platform at the site.”

City of Busselton Mayor, Ian Stubbs, said that the annual whale migration is a spectacular event with enormous ecological and economic importance.

“Whale watching is a major tourist drawcard and fortunately our coast line offers some of the best vantage points in the State,” Mayor Stubbs said.

“This funding will enhance the experience for residents and visitors alike and support the valuable research being done by the Dunsborough Coast and Land Care group who have been recording the movement of Whales in the area for many years.”

Further planning and investigations will now be carried out to finalise the platform design by February next year.

The Whale Trail initiative provides Commonwealth funding to local communities to help them build whale viewing platforms and interpretive signage to inform and educate visitors about migratory whales.

For more information about the protection plan go to www.nrm.gov.au