Rottnest Island: An update on the latest developments

The Agent General, Mike Deeks CSC, was pleased to join the London Chapter of the Rottnest Foundation for their latest event, highlighting recent developments on Western Australia’s Rottnest Island.

Kim Moss by Kim Moss,

The Agent General, Mike Deeks CSC, was pleased to support the London Chapter of the Rottnest Foundation with their latest event showcasing developments on Western Australia’s Rottnest Island. Video messages from the Hon. David Templeman, Minister for Local Government, Heritage, Culture and the Arts, and an interview between the Rottnest Island Authority and the Rottnest Foundation were also provided.

Rottnest Island, has not been immune from the effects of the global pandemic, and has recorded a reduction of international visitors. Prior to this, Rottnest had become one of the State’s must-do destinations for visitors from all around the world, posting record highs of over 785,000 visitors during 2018-19.  Despite this, the Island has remained a popular choice for domestic tourism, exceeding their baseline shoulder season bookings. Major events have also been drawn to the idyllic island. The Rip Curl Rottnest Search presented by Corona, which formed part of the 2021 World Surf League Championship Tour was held from 16 to 26 May and the esteemed Gourmet Escape has confirmed it will host an event at the location in November 2021

With ongoing funding from sources including the London Chapter of the Rottnest Foundation, and the Commonwealth and State Governments, development on the famed Western Australian Island continues to progress. Rottnest has benefited from several major infrastructure projects since 2020 including the upgrade of 10 kilometres of roads in the settlement, construction of a new $3 million Fuel Jetty and a major redevelopment of the Island Museum, which has been renamed Wadjemup Museum to reflect the Island’s Aboriginal heritage and honour the Whadjuk Noongar Traditional Owners.

Significantly, Minister Templeman announced last month, that a Perth-based consortium had been selected as the preferred proponent to redevelop Rottnest Island’s Lodge. The $40 million proposal from Place Development Australia, GPA Pty Ltd and Sirona Capital, comprises 94 rooms, a day spa, restaurant, kiosk, beach lounge, coffee shop, bar, new pool and onsite staff accommodation. The Minister said of the proposal, “This exciting redevelopment planned for Rottnest will help to stimulate the Island by attracting new visitors, offering regular visitors new accommodation with a range of affordable and boutique options while providing new visitor experiences and amenities.”

Although West Australians have this idyllic island to themselves for the time being, we know that especially with all of the recent upgrades and additions, Rottnest Island will be as popular as ever when travel is permitted once again.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the role of the Rottnest Foundation, including its London Chapter, and current developments, we’ve included the recording of the event below.