Everything old is new again in Geraldton

Media Release


03 February 2015

Joint release with:

Melissa Price

Federal Member for Durack

New business and tourism opportunities will flow from Geraldton's newly restored Railway Building, opened today as part of the West End Revitalisation project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the restored facility will give the community extra capacity to host cultural festivals and public events.

“The Australian Government is committed to supporting regional development projects such as the restoration of Geraldton's railway building and its transformation into the town's visitor centre,” Mr Truss said.

“That's why we are getting on with the job of delivering $313.9 million to almost 300 Community Development Grants projects across Australia, and an additional $1 billion to community projects over the next five years through the National Stronger Regions Fund.

“This project is a real win for the region and is a long-term asset the Geraldton community can be proud of.”

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price joined the local community to officially open the restored Railway Building.

“The overarching West End Revitalisation project will further improve the Geraldton foreshore and give local residents a beautiful new space to host cultural and community events,” Ms Price said.

“Facilities such as these underpin community life in regional centres, as well as drive employment and tourism growth throughout the region.

“Developing a quality tourism and cultural precinct will help retain the existing population growth and attract more residents, particularly people seeking a sea change. It will also encourage holidaymakers to include a stop-over in the town to break up their journeys and attend community celebrations.

“More visitors to the town means more dollars flowing into local businesses, including hotels/motels and restaurants.”

The Restoration Railway Building was a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $130,000, the City of Greater Geraldton committing $1 million and the Western Australian Government investing $1 million. The project is part of the West End Recreation and Entertainment Precinct Revitalisation project, to which the Australian Government has committed $4.9 million.