Record $233 million investment in Parks Australia
The Australian Government has today announced a record $233 million investment into Parks Australia to deliver infrastructure upgrades across our national parks and at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
The welcome investment will be going towards projects to improve facilities across our parks to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, visitors and local communities, and to enhance the visitor experience through new and upgraded infrastructure.
New infrastructure and upgrades to Commonwealth National Parks announced today include:
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: Major upgrades to the cultural centre, renewal of walking tracks (including the Uluru Base Walk) and viewing platforms, upgrades to shelters and water stations at visitor sites, as well as $51 million in infrastructure upgrades for the Mutitjulu community.
- Kakadu National Park: Upgrades to campgrounds including improved water storage, improvements to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, road repairs, improved staff housing, workshop and utility buildings, improved fuel storage and supply facilities.
- Booderee National Park: A new visitor centre to showcase Aboriginal culture and welcome visitors, upgrades to campground amenities, roads and car parks, the Murrays Beach Boardwalk and Boat Ramp, walking tracks and viewing platforms.
- Christmas Island National Park: Major upgrades to roads and a new viewing platform at the Margaret Knoll Lookout, a popular bird watching destination which overlooks the Indian Ocean.
These major projects will be delivered over the next three years and will help to create jobs in regional communities, support regional tourism and local businesses, through upgraded visitor infrastructure.