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Joint Media Release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
Senator Nigel Scullion
Senator for the Northern Territory

18 May 2005

New visitor facilities for Uluru

Work is underway on new infrastructure facilities at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage Greg Hunt MP and Senator Nigel Scullion said today.

"Track stabilisation work is almost completed on the Valley of the Winds walking track between the car park and the first lookout, " Mr Hunt said.

"The cooler months bring more tourists, and each year we find that more and more 'grey nomads' are making the park an integral part of their outback experience. We are developing a range of short walks suitable for older visitors so that they can get the most out of their trip to this fantastic cultural landscape.

"Tour operators will be delighted to know that the aged toilets at the base of the climb have now been replaced with new toilets with state of the art environmental technology powered by solar tracking panels. The curved design of the facility mirrors the natural contours of the landscape. Local spinifex, the resin of which is still used to make a traditional glue, provides an effective contemporary roofing material.

"I thank Nigel Scullion for his valuable work with tourist operators in support of these new facilities at Uluru and I commend him on his ongoing commitment to this national park."

Senator Scullion said work on the redevelopment of the popular Car Sunset Viewing Area would begin this month.

"The redevelopment will result in 40 new car parking spaces," Senator Scullion said.

"We are also investigating a significant redevelopment of Sunrise Viewing to provide for increasing visitor numbers over the next ten years.

"We are working with the tourism industry and traditional owners on a new location, with pedestrian paths to a dune viewing platform where visitors will be able to see a spectacular panoramic view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background. In addition we are investigating upgrading the present SunriseViewing area."

Mr Hunt said Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was one of our most treasured World Heritage areas.

"I join with the Aboriginal traditional owners, Anangu, in saying to everyone: come and visit, look and learn, share our story," Mr Hunt said.

Media enquiries:
Fiona Murphy (Mr Hunt's office)  0423 577 045
Joe Nyhan (Mr Scullion's office)  (08) 8948 3555 / 0408 288 567

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