Following on extensive public participation and years of dealing with complex challenges involving several amendments to the site plans, the Stony Point Eco-centre in Betty’s Bay is now finally geared to deliver the project’s intended benefits to endangered seabirds, tourists, the Betty's Bay Boat Club and the Mooiuitsig Community Trust who hold the commercial rights to manage the coffee shop and eco-centre. 

At the official launch on Friday 10 April 2015, Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie lauded project managers Casidra for successfully integrating the remaining ruins of the old whaling station, the World War II radar station and the municipal workshop and stores into a prominent tourist attraction and nature conservation area.

With the aid of funding from the Extended Public Works Programme, the Western Cape Department of Tourism facilitated the construction of a themed visitor information centre, a tearoom and a heritage site for whaling history at the Stony Point Eco-centre.

 

In his address, the MEC for tourism, Derek Hanekom, urged stakeholders to continue pursuing similar projects that will create employment opportunities and help to develop a vibrant, equitable and sustainable tourism economy to the benefit of the local community.

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