Western Australia’s Labor government has promised a significant Aboriginal tourism boost but rejected calls for more help to the broader sector.
Premier Mark McGowan on Monday unveiled a $217 million tourism plan to be delivered under a re-elected Labor administration.
The package includes $50 million to help establish an Aboriginal cultural centre on the banks of the Derbarl Yerrigan – or Swan River – in Perth.
A further $20 million would go towards an Aboriginal tourism fund if Labor is re-elected at the March 13 poll.
The rest has been earmarked for expanding the Aboriginal Ranger program and tourism infrastructure upgrades.
“It’s a massive investment in a centre that could very well be one of the world’s…