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What is the Growing Tourism in Kakadu funding package?
The Growing Tourism in Kakadu funding package is an Australian Government initiative to upgrade visitor infrastructure across Kakadu National Park and support the township of Jabiru transition to a tourism-based economy following the closure of the Ranger Uranium Mine in 2021. Key elements include upgrading visitor roads, communications, campgrounds and other visitor infrastructure across the park. The investment aims to grow tourism to this iconic World Heritage listed national park and provide greater opportunity to grow the local economy and support Indigenous businesses and employment.
The package forms part of the Australian Government’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Northern Territory Government on the future of Jabiru and presents an exciting opportunity for Kakadu National Park.
Work commenced in 2019 to develop the Tourism Master Plan and Roads Strategy for Kakadu National Park, together with initial remediation assessment and planning work for Jabiru.
How much is the funding package and what is it made up of?
On 13 January 2019, the Australian Government announced a $216 million funding package over 10 years to support growing tourism in Kakadu National Park and support Jabiru transition to a post-mining future. Investing in visitor infrastructure across Kakadu will support visitation to the park, provide employment and economic opportunities for Traditional Owners and encourage private investment in tourism in the park and in Jabiru.
The package consists of:
- $51 million to support visitor planning and infrastructure upgrades across Kakadu.
- $70 million to improve roads and access to key visitor sites.
- Up to $60 million towards a new Indigenous-led World Heritage Visitor Centre.
- $35 million to support remediation of Jabiru.
Expenditure against the Growing Tourism in Kakadu package will be driven by the Kakadu Tourism Master Plan and Kakadu Roads Strategy. Similarly, expenditure under the Jabiru township remediation package will be based on the final remediation agreement between parties.
What is the Kakadu Tourism Master Plan and who is developing it?
The Kakadu Tourism Master Plan is a 10 year strategy to guide the Australian Government’s $51 million investment to support visitor planning and infrastructure upgrades across Kakadu. The Tourism Master Plan will be the roadmap for Kakadu’s success as a tourism destination in the future. The Tourism Master Plan will also look at how to improve key visitor experiences and develop new visitor activities and investment opportunities in a sustainable way, in accordance with the Kakadu National Park Management Plan 2016-2026.
PwC Indigenous Consulting have been engaged to develop the Tourism Master Plan and is working closely with Parks Australia, Kakadu’s Traditional Owners and Board of Management, the Northern Territory Government, and the broader tourism industry, to deliver this important project for the Northern Territory tourism economy.
The Kakadu Board of Management will be responsible for approving the Kakadu Tourism Master Plan and the Roads Strategy.
What is the Kakadu Roads Strategy and who is developing it?
The Roads Strategy will be developed in parallel with the Tourism Master Plan. Improved road and access infrastructure is a critical part of visitation to Kakadu to encourage private investment, improve visitor safety and access and increase the length of the main tourist season. Prioritised road projects will be developed in conjunction with the Tourism Master Plan, with extensive stakeholder consultation, to complement investment in areas of the park.
The Roads Strategy is being developed by Aurecon who will work closely with PwC Indigenous Consulting to ensure that the prioritisation for investment in roads supports the access needed for visitor experiences identified in the Tourism Master Plan.
How can I get involved?
The Australian Government is committed to thorough consultation with Traditional Owners, the Kakadu Board of Management, the tourism industry and all stakeholders throughout the rollout of the revitalisation of Kakadu.
PwC Indigenous Consulting has conducted a series of workshops and face-to-face meetings with stakeholders, traditional owners and businesses. In addition, an online survey was available for members of the public to provide input.
Will I be able to comment on the draft Kakadu Tourism Master Plan?
There will be a public comment period on the draft Tourism Master Plan in mid 2020. The draft plan will be available through this website. Please click here to provide your interest to be notified and for further updates on the rollout of the Growing Tourism in Kakadu initiatives.
What will happen to the Aurora South Alligator property?
Following a request from the lease holder, the Director of National Parks (The Director) agreed to the early surrender of the Aurora Kakadu South Alligator lease. This meant that after 30 September 2019, the Aurora Kakadu property at South Alligator became the responsibility of the The Director.
There are a number options for the future use of the site and it is expected that site works (site assessments and removal of ageing and obsolete infrastructure) will be underway shortly with a view to creating a new investment opportunity for accommodation at the site.
The future of the site will be informed by discussions with the Kakadu Board and the community and is part of the Tourism Master Plan consultation process. A caretaker is currently in place at the property to maintain it.
What will happen to Jabiru once the mine closes?
With the Ranger Uranium Mine set to cease operations in 2021, the future of Jabiru is firmly focused on tourism. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government, Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation and Energy Resources of Australia on 14 August 2019, which will ensure the township remains the main hub for visitors to the World Heritage-listed national park in years to come.
Where can I find more information about the future of Jabiru?
More information about Jabiru, including Frequently Asked Questions, is available at:
What impact has COVID-19 had on the delivery of these projects?
With the current COVID-19 pandemic impacts and the recent declaration of Kakadu as a closed area under the Biosecurity Act 2015 to assist in protecting remote Indigenous communities, the Director of National Parks (The Director) has suspended face-to-face stakeholder engagement and consultation until it is deemed safe to proceed.
The consultants (PwC Indigenous Consulting and Aurecon) are progressing elements of the Tourism Master Plan and Roads Strategy that do not require travel to the park.
The Director understands the important role that Kakadu has in the tourism industry in the Northern Territory and is committed to ensuring these projects are ready to be rolled out to support tourism when it rebounds to the region. The draft Tourism Master Plan and Roads Strategy is expected to be released for public comment in mid-2020.
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