Kakadu tourism facelift underway

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment

Senator Dr Sam McMahon, Senator for the Northern Territory

As the Top End heads in to the wet season, Kakadu National Park is gearing up for the rejuvenation of the park.

As soon as the rains allow, work will commence on raising the Jim Jim Creek Crossing by 0.75 metres to enable safe access to Twin Falls.

The build, estimated to take four to six weeks has received formal consent by the relevant Traditional Owners as nominated by the Northern Land Council, along with formal approval from the Kakadu Board of Management, and certification received from the NT Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority.

“The Morrison Government is investing $276 million in the future of Kakadu and this is one of many projects that will help rejuvenate the Park for generations to come,” Minister Ley said.

“We are working with Traditional Owners, Tourism organisations and the NT Government to ensure that Kakadu remains both a moving cultural experience and one of the world’s most stunning tourism destinations.

“At the same time we are creating local jobs and helping the local economy.”

Kakadu National Park is also exploring options to enable a period of limited access for visitors to the Twin Falls escarpment walk during 2021 as part of the initiative to support the tourism industry’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

Parks Australia will also be working with Traditional Owners and contractors to design and construct an access solution that enables safe and culturally appropriate long-term access into the gorge. The gorge will remain closed to visitors during this period.

Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon, said that the Morrison Government was getting on with the job of working with stakeholders and delivering outcomes.

“The future of Kakadu will play a vital role in the future of Australia’s tourism economy as it emerges from COVID 19 in the years ahead,” Senator McMahon said.

“The Morrison Government is getting on with the job of investing in that future and investing in Northern Territory jobs.”

With plenty more updates to come in the new year, the implementation of the Growing Tourism in Kakadu Masterplan will be welcome support for the region’s economy and local communities.

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