Tourism Development

Twilight Cove

Current

The GEDC recognises the potential of the tourism industry to further the region’s economic development.  This has been prioritised in the Goldfield-Esperance Regional Investment Blueprint and further identified as a key focus area in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Growth Plan.  A Tourism focus group will be developed to provide advice to the Growing Kalgoorlie-Boulder Partnership on Tourism initiatives and projects from the Growth Plan.  

“HeartWalk, art in the heart of the Kalgoorlie CBD”, is a project funded through Regional Grants Scheme and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.  The project, to be conducted over two years, has commenced with the brightening of Kalgoorlie’s business district through contemporary public art.  Artists from the Goldfields region and beyond have contributed a total of 26 public installations within walking distance of the CBD and have transformed the look and feel of the city.  The project has received enormous publicity and local support.

Historical

The Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission has always played a significant part in the development of tourism in the region. Back in 2000 the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission and Australia Unlimited Taskforce commissioned a feasibility study into a network of heritage trails across the region.  The purpose of this project was threefold: increase tourism visits,  assist with economic development at a time of a downturn in the resource industry and  acknowledge the rich history & environment of the area.  

Since the Golden Quest Discovery Trail's opening in 2003, there have been over 1,000,000 visitors to the Goldfields. An  estimated 150,000 of these visitors have come specifically  to  undertake some or all of the Trail, while many more have chosen to experience aspects of the Trail in addition to their primary reason for visiting the Goldfields. 
 Historic Gwalia State Hotel
Further development from this project was the establishment of the Goldfields Tourism Network, which still manages the trail but has become a tourism marketing organisation for the region.  The GEDC is still involved on the management committee.
 
The GEDC also worked closely with the Shire of Leonora to develop the " Leonora Loop Trails",  launched in 2008 and assisted the six Northern Goldfields Shires with the development of a Northern Goldfields brochure and website in the same year. 

The GEDC was involved with Country Arts WA and the arts community to support the coordination of the Regional Arts Conference 2014.  This four day conference was held in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in October 2014 and attracted 550 participants from around Australia and overseas. The GEDC  also commissioned the development of a plan for an Arts and Culture Trail for the region, stretching from the WA/NT border  through the Ngaanyatjarra Lands and Northern Goldfields, to Kalgoorlie and Esperance and finishing at Hopetoun. The plan outlines recommendations based on research and consultation feedback.