State Budget supports low-cost holidaying. Source = ETB News: P.T. The Western Australian State Government has committed more than AU$40 million into developing facilities and greater access for low-cost holidaying such as caravanning and camping. Over the next four years, AU$34.4 million in Royalties for Regions funding will go to the Caravan and Camping Action Plan, with an additional AU$6.3 million allocated to the Parks for People initiative. “We need to ensure facilities are continually expanded and upgraded so that West Australians can access affordable, high-quality holiday accommodation in our own backyard.” “We want to reconnect our children with nature and our national parks, we want to bring back the family camping trip by providing better facilities and more campgrounds to choose from – while also encouraging our interstate and overseas visitors to take advantage of our spectacular parks,” Ms Harvey said. Tourism Minister Liza Harvey said the Caravan and Camping Action Plan would ensure more West Australian families could get out and explore more of the State in an affordable way. “The number of visits to national and marine parks has increased by 55 percent in the past 10 years and we expect it to grow by another 80 percent over the next decade,” Environment Minister Albert Jacob said. “We also want to ensure that commercial caravan parks are supported to attract visitors and provide the best facilities possible.” The assigned funds stem from an election promise to make low-cost holidays more accessible to West Australians, both in WA’s national parks and in caravan/camping sites.