The Morrison Government has today announced the biggest single investment in Australia’s Commonwealth National Parks with more than $230 million in funding for tourism and other infrastructure, including up to $19.7 million earmarked for upgraded and new infrastructure and amenities on Christmas Island.
The funding for Parks Australia will provide a much-needed boost for mainland and external territory economies as Australia continues to emerge from the COVID crisis, creating more than a thousand jobs in regional and remote communities, including more than 60 direct and 85 indirect jobs on Christmas Island.
“New infrastructure means more tourism, more jobs and better outcomes for Australians living in regional and remote areas, which is vital as we move through the economic challenges of COVID,” Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said.
“Christmas Island is known right across the world for its unique wildlife and habitats including its dazzling annual red crab migration and consequently sees thousands of visitors each year.
“It is crucial that we maintain these national treasures and the infrastructure that supports tourism, park management, local communities and regional economies and this investment will deliver just that.”
Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino said Christmas Island would be the beneficiary of direct and indirect jobs.
“This announcement shows how important our National Parks are to the people living in our Territories,” Mrs Marino said.
“Tourism is a vital part of the economy for our Territories and this announcement means significant investment in that sector.
“The spectacular bird watching spot at the Margaret Knoll lookout, which was built 30 years ago, will be upgraded, creating a dozen new jobs on the island while a project which will seal 18 kms of road around Christmas Island will see an increase in direct and indirect jobs created.”