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Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders

15 February 2006

Kakadu National Park Draft Management Plan released for public comment


Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for Kakadu National Park, today announced the release of a new Draft Management Plan for Kakadu National Park for public comment. The Draft Plan has been prepared by the Board of Management and the Director of National Parks.

"This important document sets out the Board's directions for how this internationally significant World Heritage Area will be managed over the next seven years," Mr Hunt said.

"Kakadu's fantastic landscapes and wildlife and living Aboriginal culture are a major drawcard for visitors.

"The Draft Plan looks at how to conserve those natural and cultural values, whilst protecting the interests of the park's Aboriginal traditional owners and providing for safe and enriching experiences for visitors.

"The Board has incorporated new directions for the management of tourism and visitor facilities in ways that seek to benefit both local and international visitors, and the park's indigenous community, Mr Hunt said.

Kakadu is Aboriginal land, home to one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world and recognised as a living cultural landscape. The park protects one of the finest and most extensive collections of rock art in the world.

Kakadu also protects the entire catchment of the South Alligator tropical river - one of the Top End's largest unique ecological habitats. The value of the natural and cultural heritage has been recognised by Kakadu's inscription on the World Heritage List.

Kakadu National Park has been jointly managed by Parks Australia and Kakadu's traditional owners since 1979.

The Draft Plan will be available for public comment until 19 April 2006. When comments have been considered and the Management Plan is finalised it will be submitted to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage for his approval.

Comments should be sent by 19 April 2006 to:
The Park Manager
Kakadu National Park
PO Box 71
Jabiru NT 0886

Comments may also be sent via email to kakaduplan@deh.gov.au
Further information, including a description of the values and the uses of the Park, can be found at www.deh.gov.au/parks/kakadu/index.html

Media enquiries:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's office) 0415 740 722

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