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The Fitzroy Crossing Visitor Centre’s first year of operation was 1997. It is run by the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley and is located at the entrance to Fitzroy Crossing Library and Shire Offices.
Today, the Centre is regarded as one of the most important facilities in Fitzroy Crossing, housing two impressive Aboriginal art galleries and is a central booking agency for all Kimberley accommodation and tours. The Centre is also an agent for photo processing, BusFreight, Greyhound/McCafferty’s and it has a large retail shop, with over 450 items on sale.
The Centre is run as a separate economic business unit, operating its own MYOB financial accounting system in an attempt to be self funding. A small but dedicated staff of 3, ensure that this facility is open six (6) days a week during the busy dry season (April – September inclusive) with a reduction to 5 days trading during the Wet season (October – March), when a majority of the roads to and around Fitzroy Crossing become impassable, due to the high amount of rainfall received during this time of year. Commission sales steadily increase each year and a stock control utilising best practice methods has been implemented.
This multi-purpose building is also home to a Public Library with many items available for short term borrowing including books, DVDs, videos, audio tapes and local newspapers and magazines. The building also acts as the Council’s Office, providing ratepayers with all municipal services including dog registrations, rate and debtor payment facilities and is a central point of contact for Council services in Fitzroy Crossing.