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

30 October 2006

New tourism opportunities in Kakadu


Two of Kakadu's natural and cultural jewels are being revamped as part of the reinvigoration of its visitor offerings.

Expressions of Interest have been invited today from tour operators able to develop new experiences in Kakadu's iconic Twin Falls and Jim Jim region.

The invitation seeks proposals that help visitors appreciate Kakadu's rich Indigenous culture dating back tens of thousands of years.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for tour operators to contribute to the World Heritage values of one of Australia's greatest national parks," the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt, said today.

"The Twin Falls and Jim Jim areas are accessible by road only in the dry season, typically May to November. We are interested in proposals that sustain the environment and help support the lifestyle of the park's Aboriginal traditional owners.

"Possible new ventures could include safari camps, cultural activities, bushwalks, bus or boat shuttle services and tourism booking services.

"But we are not being prescriptive - it's over to the tourism industry to come up with imaginative ideas of sustainable businesses which will put Kakadu at the forefront of the world stage," Mr Hunt said.

Kakadu's Jim Jim/ Twin Falls area is renowned for its awesome escarpment, punctuated by massive waterfalls in the wet season and stunning monsoon bushwalks in the dry. It is the traditional home of the Djok in association with the Murrumburr people, who welcome visitors who will respect and protect their culture and country.

Brisbane firm, Enmark Business Advisors, is managing the Expression of Interest in two stages. In stage one, which closes on 15 December, proponents must demonstrate their qualifications and experience, and outline a viable business model that is environmentally friendly and culturally sensitive. Proponents who meet the selection criteria may be invited to a Request for Proposal, which will require a more detailed level of submission.

Tourism operators seeking more information can contact Mr Perry Ponto, Enmark Business Advisors, on (07) 3229 5024, admin@enmark.com.au

Media contacts:
John Deller (Greg Hunt's office) on 0400 496 596

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