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Joint Media Release
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment & Heritage
Member for Flinders
Greg Hunt MP
Member for Solomon
David Tollner MP
Senator for the Northern Territory
Senator Nigel Scullion

29 September 2005

Australian Government delivers $1.7 million for Kakadu National Park

Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for Kakadu National Park, joined with David Tollner MP, Federal Member for Solomon and Senator Nigel Scullion, Senator for the Northern Territory, in today announcing Australian Government funding of $1.7 million for infrastructure upgrades at Kakadu National Park this financial year.

"Today we are specifically announcing $606,000 as the first stage of this major Australian Government investment for upgrades to visitor infrastructure at Kakadu National Park," Mr Hunt said.

"It demonstrates our commitment to Kakadu and to successfully working with the Traditional Owners in preserving and promoting the important cultural and environmental values of this World Heritage listed park.

"I am delighted to make this announcement today with Dave and Nigel and I thank them for their support. They have both pushed for this funding and know how important it is for Kakadu and for tourism in the Top End."

"These investments deliver on suggestions from the tourism industry and ensure that the Australian Government is listening to their concerns and investing in the longevity of tourism options in Kakadu National Park. I know the industry will be particularly pleased with improvements to the campgrounds and the upgrade at Bowali," Senator Scullion said.

"Many of these upgrades are to some of the most popular locations in Kakadu. Ubirr, for example, has some of the most impressive rock art in Australia or even the world and Mamukala is at its best at the end of the dry season. These upgrades acknowledge the importance we place on high standards of safety and quality for visitor experiences at Kakadu," Mr Tollner said.

Upgrades announced today:

Ubirr - $135,000 to upgrade the walking track and handrails at the art site
Manngarre - $70,000 to replace timber decking with aluminium material
Mamukala - $60,000 to upgrade the wetlands walkway
Campgrounds - $206,000 to paint and upgrade toilet facilities/ablution blocks
Anbangbang - $25,000 to improve safety measures along the Anbangbang Picnic Road
Northern Information Bay - $30,000 to improve signage and visitor information
Bowali Visitor Centre - $80,000 to upgrade audio visual equipment and air-conditioning at the theatrette.

Work on the upgrades is expected to be complete by the start of the 2006 dry season.

Further information:

Fiona Murphy (Mr Hunt's Office) (02) 6277 2276 / 0423 577 045
Jonathan Hawkes (David Tollner's Office) - (08)8981 3434 / 0401 119 789
Joe Nyhan (Senator Scullion's Office) - (08) 8948 3555 / (02) 6277 3456 / 0408 288 567

Commonwealth of Australia