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Woodlands Cultural, Community and Visitor Centre, Norseman

People of, and visitors to, the town of Norseman and Shire of Dundas are set to benefit from the Woodlands Cultural, Community and Visitor Centre to be launched in Norseman tomorrow afternoon.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the centre would showcase the Great Western Woodlands and the culture of the local indigenous Ngadju people.

“Norseman is an important gateway to the Great Western Woodlands and to Western Australia as a whole,” Mr Wilson said.

“The new centre provides a hub for Norseman and the entire Dundas Shire as well as a high-profile spot where interstate and intrastate travellers will be able to go to get their bearings before heading out and exploring this wonderful part of the state.

“The project has repurposed a previously defunct building on Prinsep Street, the main street of Norseman, to create a visitor, community and cultural centre that includes stunning photographic and interpretive displays, a community arts gallery, visitor information, and community services.”

Mr Wilson said the centre would increase the number of tourists stopping in and staying around Norseman.

“One unique opportunity available at the centre will be the ability of visitors to learn more about the rich and diverse heritage of the Great Western Woodlands, including the Ngadju culture and their continuous work on country as the traditional owners,” he said.

Mr Wilson said the centre was a fantastic example of the Commonwealth’s Building Better Regions Fund being employed to lever local investment to get important regional projects over the line.

“The $2,860,000 Woodlands Cultural, Community and Visitor Centre benefited from $449,738 under the Building Better Regions Fund, which built upon a substantial contribution from the Western Australian Government,” Mr Wilson said.

“The Shire of Dundas also provided significant funding and in-kind commitment.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $449,738 investment in community infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Goldfields-Esperance region.

“In addition to an art gallery, and community support services, this investment also saw the delivery of a state-of-the-art visitor centre with interactive displays,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Dundas Shire President Laurene Bonza said the Woodlands Centre was part of a larger project to diversify the economic capacity of the shire, and to attract more people to Norseman. 

She added that the centre would help visitors interpret the majestic Great Western Woodlands area.

“Norseman is one of the first towns in Western Australia that people visit and one of the last towns they see before leaving the state as they traverse the Nullarbor Plain – one of the nation’s great adventure drives,” she said.

“This important project has been on the drawing board since the Shire of Dundas purchased the site of the proposed Woodlands Centre in 2015.

“Like the trip across the Nullarbor to Norseman, the journey from site purchase to launching the centre has been extensive, but with great rewards at the end for Norseman, the Shire of Dundas and Western Australia more broadly.”


Media Contact:

Rick Wilson, Federal Member for O’Connor – Chris Thomson 0467 710 180 (Photos from opening of the centre available on request)

Deputy Prime Minister – Jo Williamson 0418 475 668 | Dean Shachar 0418 202 860

Laurene Bonza, President, Shire of Dundas 0429 207 177



I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.