Wednesday, 14 November 2012 14:02
Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines says it is in the final stages of negotiating a deal to ensure the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame becomes a "sustainable" tourist attraction.
The hall of fame was haemorrhaging about $1.5 million annually when it closed last December, costing 20 employees their jobs.
But KCGM said a deal with Gold Rush Tours would deliver more than 400 visitors each week to the embattled precinct as the Super Pit operator continues discussions with community groups and tourism providers to reinvigorate the attractions and business model.
“We’re forming an agreement with Gold Rush Tours for passengers on the Indian Pacific train to visit the new Super Pit Shop,” KCGM general manager Russell Cole said.
“This will deliver more than 400 visitors each week from April 2013.
“It is corporate packages such as these that will build a sustainable tourism business, while keeping entry costs down for the general public.”
The Super Pit Shop on Burt Street will close its doors for the final time after Sunday’s Boulder Market Day and reopen in the main administration building of the original Hannan’s North Tourist Mine in mid-December.
KCGM has already spent $180,000 upgrading the new shop, which will be officially opened in February ahead of the region’s peak tourism season, traditionally starting around April.
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