Planning for an Aboriginal tourism precinct at Conzinc Bay on the Burrup Peninsula is set to progress with the State Government delivering $1.33 million for crucial design and planning.

The money is in addition to the initial $8 million promised by the McGowan Government when the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation first announced the Living Knowledge Centre project in December.

The new funding, to be included in the 2019-20 State Budget, will allow the MAC to complete advanced plans for the centre and ensure it is in a strong position to attract additional funding.

MAC chief executive Peter Jeffries said the funding would assist the corporation to move forward with the project.

“The Murujuga Living Knowledge Centre and tourism precinct is a ground-breaking project that represents a huge opportunity for our people to share their culture, land and stories with the world,” he said.

“This funding will help us to realise our tourism dream for Murujuga, to celebrate our unique culture and natural environment, raise the bar for Aboriginal tourism across the region, and support our current bid for World Heritage Listing.”

The tourism precinct will provide a state-of-the-art interpretive centre for the rock art of the Burrup Peninsula, as well as a campground, cafe, gallery, gift shop, floating jetty and glamping area.

Premier McGowan announced the funding while in Karratha last week and believes the Murujuga Living Knowledge Centre will be the key to unlocking the tourism potential of the Burrup while ensuring it is protected and managed for future generations.

“The Murujuga Living Knowledge Centre will allow the stories of the rock art to be told effectively and will become the focal point for any future tourism opportunities,” he said.

He also announced the State Budget will include $649,000 for the implementation of the Murujuga Rock Art Strategy to deliver a scientifically rigorous approach to monitoring, managing and protecting the unique rock art.