Wilmington visitor centre’s unveiling

OPEN: Carly Slee, chairperson of the Wilmington Progress Society holds a locally made oil alongside brochures, both available at the new centre on the Horrocks Highway.
OPEN: Carly Slee, chairperson of the Wilmington Progress Society holds a locally made oil alongside brochures, both available at the new centre on the Horrocks Highway.

An information outlet is opening in Wilmington, providing locals the opportunity to highlight their unique landscapes and produce, whilst similarly creating an avenue of tourism for passersby which previously did not exist. 

Carly Slee, chairperson, and her fellow volunteer members of the Wilmington Progress Society were gifted an old kindergarten at 30 Horrocks Highway, from the District Council of Mark Remarkable, which was no longer required by the Department of Education and Child Development. 

The enthusiastic hands of the progress society have renovated the kindergarten in recent months to prepare for its opening, the weekend of Saturday 10 March from 10-3, creating it into a new craft shop and visitor information outlet.

Mrs Slee explained that it was integral that something more than an information bay was erected in Wilmington, providing a recognised tourist information outlet. 

“We have not had one before but by having an outlet and getting the signage to go with it, we are hoping people will stop.”

“This will be the first visitor information outlet, which will enable us to get the well known (i) that the tourists all look for. It gives people a reason to stop.”

The idea of the information outlet is to create an inviting space for tourists, that allows them to stop and explore at all times of their visit. 

The group have recently received a $15,700 grant from the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion that will be used to build a deck from the building to the footpath. 

“We want to create an inviting space that locals and tourists can stop at.”

“They can sit there and have their sandwiches for lunch, they can come into the information centre and browse the local produce, pick up the maps and brochures and plan their trip, as well as have a chat with a local.”

The costs of the building for 2018 has been kindly supported by the Beautiful Valley Op Shop who have paid the insurances in addition to the electricity and water forecasts. 

For more information, see the Wilmington Progress Society Facebook page.