A feasibility study to build a world class Marine Discovery Centre, including a new immersive and interactive Underwater Observatory, has just been completed by Busselton Jetty Inc (BJI).
The new marine development at the end of the Jetty will be a world first and one of only five natural aquariums in the world accommodating up to 180 visitors per hour with amazing viewing through large windows over three floors.
The proposed concept plan features a large marine interpretation area, marine adventure pavilion, all-weather café, underwater dining and kitchen to cater for functions.
It is expected that the world class underwater attraction will see an increase in 281,000 visitors per year to the region with an estimated $9.8 million in indirect economic benefits including the creation of 95 new jobs in the community.
The Feasibility Study was commissioned by BJI and written by NSW Tourism Consultant Simon McArthur, working alongside Perth based company Oceanis who played a key role in the design and construction of the current Underwater Observatory.
Jenny Sheehan, BJI Chairperson said the Board was working through all of the options in the Feasibility Study with key partners including the City of Busselton, MRBTA, Tourism WA and Australia’s South West before putting together a long term project plan for its development.
BJI has approval for donations to be 100% tax deductible to build the new Underwater Observatory so we hope to attract private sector donations as well as government and community support.
Plans for the new Underwater Observatory were presented at the BJI AGM on 26 October.