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WA’s Murchison region seeking nod for ‘geopark’ status

Western Australia’s Murchison region hopes to become home to the state’s first geopark recognised by UNESCO.

The move is part of a new ‘geotourism’ push by seven shires in WA’s remote Midwest which have which have been hit hard by a declining pastoral sector and the rise of the fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) worker.

Geoparks are recognised by UNESCO as an area of important geology which encourages conservation, community growth and economic development.

The UNESCO Global Geoparks program began in 2015, and there are now 140 global geoparks in 38 countries.

The lucrative UNESCO tag attracts dedicated international visitors to isolated areas of the world in countries such as Asia and Europe — and is particularly popular among Chinese tourists.

Midwest Development Commission chief executive officer Gavin Treasure said geotourism would put the Murchison region on the map. Read more…

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