Special Announcement 17 September 2009 Study looks at impact of LNG on North West tourism A study commissioned jointly by Tourism WA and the Department of State Development shows that with good planning and management a new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project can co-exist with the Kimberley tourism industry. The results of the Tourism Impact Assessment of the proposed Kimberley LNG precinct on Broome and the Kimberley region have shown that most industry stakeholders and local residents felt that the two industries could co-exist, providing strategies were in place to protect Broome’s image. Tourism WA CEO Richard Muirhead said the Tourism Impact Assessment found there was a strong view from people surveyed that the gas development, planned for James Price Point (60kms north of Broome), would not damage tourism. “The study also found that the tourism sector in Broome is worth an estimated $411 million, representing around 64 per cent of the total economy of the town.” “It is important that any new major infrastructure projects in the region take into consideration the impacts on the tourism industry.” Mr Muirhead said the study outlined potential new opportunities for tourism that may flow on as a result of a future project at James Price Point. He said among these were the potential development of a regular international air service between Singapore and Broome and the opportunity to develop additional tourism product. Department of State Development Director General Anne Nolan said the study showed that impacts on the tourism industry could be managed and that the sector would continue to grow. “The Tourism Impact Assessment is an important part of the overall Social Impact Assessment being conducted by the Western Australian Government,” she said. The Kimberley Browse LNG Precinct project is a major construction project worth billions of dollars to Western Australia and with the potential to create up to 400 long term jobs. The full study can be accessed at the Department of State Development website. Receive Tourism Western Australia media releases electronically by subscribing at tourism.wa.gov.au This document is available in alternative formats on request.