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Apollo Bay Embraces Eco-Tourism

Flow's 90.9fm Apollo Bay region is whole-heartedly embracing the eco-tourism movement, with the local Conservation Ecology Centre to create a new nature park, making use of recent State Government funding.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford last month announced a $1.5 million grant to the Conservation Ecology Centre’s Wildlife Wonders project which will see a 50-acre site just outside Apollo Bay transformed into a visitor experience where people observe and learn about native animals in their natural setting.

"There is simply no better place in Victoria – where our natural habitat and beauty combine," Minister Pulford said.

Visitors to Wildlife Wonders will receive a guided walking tour by qualified conservationists through protected habitat where they will encounter native animals living freely in natural bushland overlooking the ocean.

The Wildlife Wonders experience will be designed by Brian Massey, art director from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies and landscape designer of the highly successful tourism experience ‘Hobbiton’ in New Zealand.

With over 2.1 million people visiting the 12 Apostles and Shipwreck Coast region each year, the project seeks to capitalise on this tourism market while also delivering environmental benefits.

All profits generated by Wildlife Wonders will go towards conservation of the region’s flora and fauna through investment in ecosystem restoration, ecological research, species recovery programs, and community education programs.

The project will create 44 jobs during the construction phase and 35 jobs in ecotourism and environmental conservation once the project is complete.

The $9.64 million project has been in development for several years and has the support of the Federal Government though a $2 million grant from the Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

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