Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
The Country Liberals have today committed up to $216 million to protect the future of jobs and tourism at Kakadu National Park (KNP).
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said that the Coalition Government would deliver a package of measures that would ensure Kakadu National Park continues to be a world class tourism destination once the Ranger Uranium Mine stops operating in 2021.
“Kakadu is an iconic piece of the Territory and the Coalition is today unveiling a fair dinkum package of measures that will protect Kakadu for future generations to enjoy, and ensure the township of Jabiru continues to be a major service centre for the region.
“The Mirarr people have cared for this unique and pristine environment for over 65,000 years and our investment will ensure the Mirarr people remain front and centre in managing the World Heritage listed site,” Senator Scullion said today.
Country Liberals candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said the investment was critical to guaranteeing the future of Kakadu National Park and was a well-designed and targeted package of measures.
“We will invest in roads, internet connectivity, mobile phone coverage, walking tracks, campgrounds and a whole range of new amenities to bring Kakadu back up to a world class standard.
“The construction of a new Indigenous-led Kakadu Visitor Centre in Jabiru to include a World Heritage Interpretive Centre, exhibition space and a commercial precinct will be a major transformation and would significantly improve the visitor experience.
“Importantly, the CLP is also investing in a Kakadu Tourism Master Plan and Kakadu Roads Strategy to ensure the investments we make both now and into the future are the right ones,” Ms Price said.
Country Liberals candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, said that protecting the future of Kakadu was not only important for Jabiru residents and prospective tourists but the investment would also deliver huge benefits to the Darwin region.
“As the principal gateway to Kakadu, Darwin stands ready to support the construction of works as well as be part of the future tourism opportunities Kakadu will bring to the Territory.
“This announcement comes on the back of significant investments the Coalition Government has already made for the Top End including $100 million for the Darwin City Deal, a $150 million NAIF loan to NT Airports and $259 million top-up funding to help support essential service delivery in the NT,” Mrs Ganley said.
Senator Scullion said that both Territory and Federal Labor simply could not be trusted to plan, fund and deliver any package to protect the future of Kakadu.
The CLP will invest in a number of measures:
- Growing Tourism – $51.2m over 10 years to grow tourism in Kakadu National Park.
- $40m to upgrade campground infrastructure, walking tracks, viewing platforms and interpretive signs in six prioritiy precincts within KNP. This will deliver refreshed camping sites, with potable water and refurbished amenities; and improved and safer visitor experience at key attractions within Kakadu.
- $5m to relocate the existing KNP visitor centre from Bowali to Jabiru Township, where it will become part of the broader World Heritage Kakadu Visitor Centre to be established and operated by Traditional Owners.
- $3.5m to develop a Kakadu Tourism Master Plan and a Kakadu Roads Strategy to guide infrastructure investment.
- $2.5m to upgrade mobile and WiFi connection services in remote areas spanning across road, campsite and visitor facility upgrades with contributions from other partners.
- Kakadu Visitor Centre
- $20-60m to support the development of an Indigenous-led Kakadu Visitor Centre in Jabiru to support Indigenous enterprise and employment and regional development.
- Jabiru Township Rehabilitation
- $35m over 10 years to support remediation of asbestos in Jabiru.
- Roads infrastructure
- $70m over 10 years to upgrade road access to key tourist sites in KNP which is currently unreliable. The Kakadu Roads Strategy – as part of the Growing Tourism $51.2m will determine which roads will be prioritised and the sequencing of works.