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Island News


Major Projects

Several major projects have just been completed and are ready for you to experience now!

Golf Course                      
Upgraded Campground      
Visitor Centre                   
 

Free Wi-Fi on the way

A $185 000 microwave link and new aerial on the Island is bringing free for use WiFi for all visitors across the Island by November.  Available already in most areas of the Settlement, offering complimentary WiFi for visitors puts Rottnest Island into the forefront of tourism destinations.

The benefits are already manifest with at least one of the Extended Stay guests over Winter accessing this service to run their business. Extended stayer, Ruth operates all aspects of their business from the Island. And with no traffic jams or daily commute – they have that much more time to live it up on one of the most beautiful locations on earth. 

“We can interview prospective clients via Skype and do everything we could do on the mainland – so why would we choose anywhere else?”

“We couldn’t be happier”.


Winter Works

A recent 2 page article in the West Australian gives a rundown on what’s been going on behind the scenes on RIA accommodation at Geordie, Fays and Longreach Bays is getting; the golf course; the new campground; the Visitor Centre and the stabilisation of the H2 and H1 9.2 inch guns at Oliver Hill – and the amazing amount of work being done on the military buildings at Bickley.  

For the first time in many years, visitors will be able to interact with this fascinating part of the Island’s history – and enjoy the vistas associated with defence installations designed to get maximum views of the sea-based approaches to Fremantle.  Interpretation is also in the planning stages which will tell the story of the women whose vital job it was to spot for enemy action; plot the coordinates and send the information to the gunners. 


Rottnest Island Chamber of Commerce - Destination Marketing

Marketing of the Island as a destination is now the responsibility of our General Manager of Sales & Marketing, with her team of product developers and sales agents.  An outstanding number of 28 was received in response to our request to market for an agency to develop a Rottnest Island brand refresh.  From a very competitive field of successful tenderers, Livingbrand  has been selected.  We are looking forward to working with them on revitalising the Rottnest brand.

 

Corporate News


Extended Stay in its second successful year

Extended Stay PackagesExtended Stay PackagesFrom July to September those in the know have been enjoying the mostly balmy days and always spectacular scenery on Rottnest Island.  In its second year, the extended stay program provides the opportunity stay on the Island at preferential rates for a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 weeks.

Moira and Michael from Dunsborough have just left after their second extended stay – and will be back next year.

“We’re the grey nomads who are finding that our days on the road are over”, says Moira.  “This is a fantastic alternative for us – and we’d like to encourage others who are finding towing a caravan on ever busier roads more stressful than relaxing to come and stay on our beautiful Island!”

“We get to entertain friends and family – and are beginning to cherish our little community of extended friends.  We get to know each other; look after each other and enjoy each other’s company”.  

Bookings for extended stays are being taken for Winter 2014.  

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Visitor numbers

A 3% increase over the past financial year in visitor numbers, although modest, is a move in the right direction and augurs well for the new financial year.  Results of our winter packages and More Rottnest marketing campaign have been fantastic to date with a 36% increase in the number of bookings from 1 June to 19 August – and a 46% jump in revenue for this period.


Annual report 2012/ 2013

Our Annual Report for 2012/2013 is now in its draft form – ready for endorsement by the Auditor General before it is presented to our Minister, and then tabling in Parliament. 

Another solid year has seen visitor satisfaction ratings reach our target of 97%; financial performance targets achieved and all Key Performance Indicator targets met or exceeded.

 

Industry News


Welcome to the new Minister for Tourism

I would firstly like to welcome our new Minister for Tourism and for the Island -  The Hon. Liza Harvey, who also holds the Police portfolio, Road Safety &  Women’s Interests and was appointed as our Minister on 5 August 2013.Farewell and best wishes to Minister Kim Hames to whom we send our sincere thanks for all he has done for the Island.  We look forward to seeing him on the greens in the near future.

Tourism Awards

The question gets asked from time to time – why all the fuss about awards?  Well, recognition by our peers in Western Australia, Australia and the whole Pacific region is very nice to have.  The three Gold medals awarded to us by PATA – for our marketing; eco-tourism; and cultural heritage – is a first for any Australian tourism organisation – and I am proud that together we have turned the Island’s fortunes around to reach this level of recognition from our peers.

It is however the process of entering awards that gives us the greatest benefit – as we benchmark against excellence in our industry.  We benefit from research into emerging trends; from comparing what we do with the best locally, nationally and overseas - recognising what we do well and what we can do better.

We look forward to the State and national tourism awards coming up later this year – and hope we are once again recognised as leaders with Gold awards as the Major Tourism Destination; in Tourism Marketing; Sustainable Tourism; Unique Accommodation; and to better our Bronze medal last year for Cultural Heritage. We wish Rottnest Express all the best in their quest to enter the Hall of Fame with a third Gold as WA’s major tours and transport operation.

I would firstly like to welcome our new Minister for Tourism and for the Island -  The Hon. Liza Harvey, who also holds the Police portfolio, Road Safety &  Women’s Interests and was appointed as our Minister on 5 August 2013.Farewell and best wishes to Minister Kim Hames to whom we send our sincere thanks for all he has done for the Island.  We look forward to seeing him on the greens in the near future.The question gets asked from time to time – why all the fuss about awards?  Well, recognition by our peers in Western Australia, Australia and the whole Pacific region is very nice to have.  The three Gold medals awarded to us by PATA – for our marketing; eco-tourism; and cultural heritage – is a first for any Australian tourism organisation – and I am proud that together we have turned the Island’s fortunes around to reach this level of recognition from our peers.It is however the process of entering awards that gives us the greatest benefit – as we benchmark against excellence in our industry.  We benefit from research into emerging trends; from comparing what we do with the best locally, nationally and overseas - recognising what we do well and what we can do better.We look forward to the State and national tourism awards coming up later this year – and hope we are once again recognised as leaders with Gold awards as the Major Tourism Destination; in Tourism Marketing; Sustainable Tourism; Unique Accommodation; and to better our Bronze medal last year for Cultural Heritage. We wish Rottnest Express all the best in their quest to enter the Hall of Fame with a third Gold as WA’s major tours and transport operation.

 

Marine and Terrestrial News


Strutting Their Stuff

Rottnest Island Peacocks

An odd but intriguing addition to Rottnest Island wildlife, many wonder why the beautiful creatures roam the streets of the Rottnest Island settlement. Read the Peacock Q & A.  

 

 

 

One of the world’s Geo Parks?

Rottnest Island DaisiesRottnest Island DaisyIt was a great pleasure recently to welcome to the Island WA’s Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley, accompanied by Dr Penny Atkins; Warren  Ormsby; Ivor Roberts; Mike Freeman and Bob Gozzard – whose visit highlighted the potential of Rottnest Island to become one of the world’s Geo Parks. 

 

 

 

 

Ninth World Sponge Conference 2013 Fremantle

International Sponge ConferenceThe World Sponge Conference 2013 was recently held in Fremantle, November 4-8th. This conference was attended by world experts, including scientists from Brazil, Ireland, and Netherlands among other countries. Our Senior Curator of Marine Invertebrates Dr. Jane Fromont was a Sponge Conference Committee member and speaker at the event, delivering a talk on sponge diversity observed during a 2013 fieldtrip to waters off Onslow.

The final day of the conference included a fieldtrip to Rottnest Island, where 25 visiting sponge scientists participated in two scientific scuba dives at Crystal Palace and Roe Reef.  All involved were excited to survey and photograph many sponge species, and enjoyed a whale interacting near the boat at lunchtime! 


Community Engagement


The Rottnest Society

Rottnest SocietyDuring the winter months our volunteer calendar has been brimming. Volunteers from the Rottnest Society have contributed working weekends in May and June, focused on works for the new Coastal Walk Trail. A total of 2600 plants (over both weekends) were planted at Henrietta rocks and Bickley Woodland; 300 tree guards were changed over and 3 cubes of brushing laid.

This year the Public Planting day was held on National Tree day on the 28th July. Due to poor weather and ferry cancellations in the lead up to the event numbers were reduced from 30 to 20 volunteers on the day. This, however, did not deter the enthusiastic group as they still managed to plant 800 seedlings with tree guards at Bickley Battery. A good day was had by all and the rain held off apart from a light shower during lunch!


The Scouts Invasion and Venture Scouts Days

Scouts Invasion on Rottnest IslandScouts Invasion on Rottnest IslandIn May the Scouts Invasion and Venture Scouts Days were a big success involving a total of 120 Scouts and 36 Venture Scouts. The groups changed over tree guards at Parker Point Woodland ensuring the Island’s endearing little quokkas are kept at bay whilst the trees establish themselves.



The Rottnest Foundation

Rottnest Society VolunteersA team of 16 volunteers from The Rottnest Foundation planted 590 plants at Bickley Battery in June. Their efforts greatly assisted with the Rottnest Wadjemup Coastal Walk Trail project.




Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA)

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Teams of Woodside staff in conjunction with CVA took part in corporate volunteering days in June. The teams of 27 Woodside employees planted a total 1050 plant in tree guards at Bickley woodland as part of the Coastal Walk Trail project. CVA teams were busy at a number of sites across the Island for 3 consecutive weeks in June. Groups of 10 volunteers each week took part in various projects assisting the environment team with in- fill planting, tree guard removal and dispersal of brushing.




Events Round Up

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