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Joint Media Release
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Greg Hunt MP
&
Chief Minister for the Northern Territory
Ms Clare Martin
&
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources
Warren Entsch MP

24 February 2005

Launch of Kakadu tourism report


The Australian and Northern Territory Governments today released a consultancy report on the future of tourism in Kakadu National Park.

The report - Kakadu - Walking to the future... together, A Shared Vision for Tourism in Kakadu National Park - outlines 71 recommendations and builds on the launch of the Kakadu Board of Management's vision of greater indigenous involvement in tourism and new experiences for visitors.

"Kakadu is a place of extraordinary landscapes and wildlife and a rich and deeply spiritual Aboriginal culture. This report provides an important opportunity for the tourism industry and the public to have their say on the ways in which tourism could develop in Kakadu National Park for the benefit of future generations," Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Warren Entsch and the Chief Minister for the Northern Territory, Clare Martin said.

The Australian Government will provide a response to the report by 1 July 2005. A number of recommendations from the report are already under way at Kakadu, including the establishment of a tourism manager position and the upgrade of the welcome and exits to the Park to reflect the indigenous heritage.

The report was prepared by John Morse AM, John King and Jennifer Bartlett.

An electronic copy of the report is available at www.deh.gov.au/parks/publications/kakadu/tourism-vision

Public comment closes on 25 March 2005 and can be made by email to: kakadu.comments@deh.gov.au

or by mail to:
Kakadu Comments
Parks Australia North
GPO Box 1260
DARWIN NT 0801

Media Contacts:
Clare Martin's office Craig Rowston 0401 119777
Greg Hunt's Office Fiona Murphy 0423 577 045
Warren Entsch's office Greg Doolan 0418 213 243

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