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Thursday, 10 May 1984
Page: 1999

(Question No. 685)


Senator Kilgariff asked the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 6 March 1984:

(1) What plans does the Government have for the development of Kakadu National Park.

(2) What funding will be invested in the park.

(3) What plans does the Government have for providing accommodation facilities at Kakadu.

(4) What form will promotion of the tourist facilities in Kakadu take and what does the Government anticipate it will spend on promotion.


Senator Ryan —The Minister for Home Affairs and Environment has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Kakadu (Stage 2) National Park was proclaimed on 28 February 1984. On 13 March 1984 the Director of National Parks and Wildlife issued a notice of intent to prepare a report recommending declaration of Gimbat and Goodparla pastoral leases as part of Kakadu National Park. A notice of intent to prepare a plan of management for the whole of Kakadu National Park will be issued shortly and it is anticipated that the management plan will be completed by the end of 1985. The Government has agreed that an accelerated program of development of visitor facilities and park infrastructure be undertaken for Kakadu.

(2) In November 1983 the Prime Minister, in announcing the accelerated program of development of visitor facilities and park infrastructure, stated that, subject to negotiations with the Northern Territory Government and Aboriginal groups, an additional expenditure of the order of $36m over six years was envisaged. This amount would be additional to that provided for basic operational and capital costs. Investment by the private sector is expected to supplement Government expenditure.

(3) Accommodation facilities are identified within the existing plan of management. The provision of additional accommodation facilities will be addressed in the discussion on the details of the accelerated development program and in the next management plan.

(4) Promotional material is already available and includes maps, brochures, posters and interpretative displays. At this stage it is not possible to specify the form of future promotion or the amount the Government will spend on promotion.