Facilities at two of Albany’s iconic tourist spots — The Gap and Natural Bridge — will receive a $3.3m upgrade thanks to the State Government’s Torndirrup National Park improvement project. The funding will see new toilets installed, roads redeveloped, and parking spots for an additional 60 vehicles added to accommodate increasing visitation to the Torndirrup National Park and create safer road access to the popular landmarks. Premier Roger Cook, who is in town for the State Government’s Community Cabinet, said he is committed to delivering quality regional tourism to benefit the wider WA community. “The Great Southern coastline is a jewel in the crown of WA’s unique tourism offerings,” he said. “Upgrading facilities in the area will mean more people can experience this natural wonder for themselves.” Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens said the improved facilities will boost small business and tourism, create local jobs, and make the area more family-friendly. “The Gap is one of Albany’s iconic tourism destinations that attracts visitors who want to take in its unique rugged coastal scenery,” she said. “Albany has some of the best natural Western Australia attractions on its doorstep and these upgrades will benefit both tourists and locals when visiting The Gap.” Environment Minister Reece Whitby said each year the Torndirrup National Park sees up to 430,000 visitors a year. “It’s clear to see how special The Gap and Natural Bridge are for Albany with the breath-taking, uninterrupted views of the coastline,” he said. “These works are designed to provide an unforgettable experience for those visitors, who in turn will give back to the local economy, and create employment opportunities for Western Australians and local businesses.” The construction of the access road and vehicle bays will begin in July.