Discovering a new Albany icon
In October, Albany’s Jaycees Community Foundation will host the official opening of a transformative project 34 years in the making.
Home to the last functioning whaling station in Australia, the Foundation rose to the challenge of turning what was formerly known as ‘Whaleworld’ into a world class tourism destination combining natural and built heritage.
Now called the ‘Discovery Bay Tourism Precinct’, the project has been supported by Lotterywest from its original stages with grants totalling more than $1 million.
Whaleworld’s whale oil storage tanks which have been converted into multimedia theatres are amongst developments supported with Lotterywest grants, along with more than two kilometres of boardwalks throughout the Albany Biodiversity Park wetlands and ponds.
The resulting vision is a project that promotes conservation, environmental protection and the sharing of Western Australian history.
It’s a stunning centrepiece for a beautiful corner of our State and a great end result to a long-held vision for the Jacycees of Albany.