City Initiates Discussions with Water Corporation for an Improved Tourism Experience at Mt Charlotte Reservoir

Published on Tuesday, 25 July 2023 at 4:31:55 PM

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has commenced discussions with the Water Corporation to discuss the possibility of an expanded tourist lookout at the historic Mount Charlotte Reservoir to commemorate the historical significance of CY O’Connor and the Goldfields Pipeline.

The report noted by Councillors at last night’s Council meeting outlined the status of discussions between City Officers and the Water Corporation about the current planning being undertaken for potential improvements to the site.

Mayor John Bowler said the Mount Charlotte Reservoir is not only an operational asset for the Water Corporation but also holds immense historical significance for the City.

“We are eager to collaborate with the Water Corporation to ensure that the reservoir's historical value is duly acknowledged and explore options to enhance its potential as a tourist attraction. Water Corporation will be invited to present at a Council workshop on their plans for the asset.”

“Considering the well-established value of the Mount Charlotte Reservoir to the local Kalgoorlie-Boulder tourism industry, the City is committed to working with the community and tourism stakeholders to explore options for creating an enhanced tourism offering.”

“We’ve also commenced conversations with the Shire of Mundaring on how we can commemorate CY O'Connor and the Goldfields Pipeline at the site, and the potential of cross-promotional activities and projects.”

“As part of our Tourism Strategy, we look forward to further engaging with the community, tourism stakeholders, and the Water Corporation as we progress the efforts to unlock the full tourism potential of the Mount Charlotte Reservoir,” Mayor Bowler said.

The motion requesting for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO to commence discussions with the Water Corporation was first raised by Council in March this year, with the view of investigating potential opportunities for collaboration.

The site of Mount Charlotte Reservoir comprises various tenures of ownership, including the Water Corporation, the Department for Planning, Lands & Heritage (DPLH), and the National Trust.

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