13 January 2019
The Federal Government should be commended in recognising the importance of the iconic Top End tourism attraction – Kakadu National Park.
The commitment of $216m over ten years to upgrade the Park and support the Jabiru transition to a tourism-based economy is a welcome injection.
"It is great news as it provides the opportunity to re-establish this world heritage listed national park as a major Top end anchor attraction," Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said.
"I look forward to the outcome of further discussions with traditional owners and others on infrastructure upgrades and increased access to some of the unique art sites. This amazing product will see an increase in international tourist numbers.
"I am delighted the Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues listened to our lobbying and thank them for their commitment.
"The importance of the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park to our region cannot be underestimated."
Highlights of the Federal package include:
$40m to upgrade campground infrastructure, walking tracks, viewing platforms and interpretive signs in six priority precincts within KNP
$5m to relocate the existing KNP visitor centre from Bowali to Jabiru Township
$3.5m to develop a Kakadu Tourism Master Plan and a Kakadu Roads Strategy
$2.5m to upgrade mobile and WiFi connection services
$20-60m to support the development of an Indigenous-led Kakadu Visitor Centre in Jabiru
$70m over 10 years to upgrade road access to key tourist sites in KNP
$35m over 10 years to support remediation of asbestos in Jabiru