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Tuesday, 27 April 1971

Senator WRIGHT - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The survey was conducted by a team comprising:

(a)   Harris, Kerr, Foster & Co., Hotel and Travel consultants of Los Angeles.

(b)   Belt Collins & Associates Ltd, Engineers Planners & Landscape Architects, of Honolulu,

(c)   Wilson, Bishop Bowes & Craig, Chartered Accountants of Melbourne.The consultants' fees for the survey were $22,325.

(3)   The survey team considered that the Central Australia region had outstanding potential for both domestic and international tourist growth. They estimated that, if the recommendations in their plan were implemented, tourist spending in the region could reach $46m by 1980.

The major recommendations were:

(a)   the designation of Alice Springs instead of Darwin as the port of entry for international air traffic;

(b)   direct flights to the Centre from the major cities as traffic increases;

(c)   re-location and improvement of the Ayers Rock airport;

(d)   completion of the programme to grade and seal the roads from Alice Springs to Hermannsburg, Erldunda and Ross River;

(e)   the provision of sites for new motels in Alice Springs and surrounding resorts;

(f)   the development of a destination resort complex, east of Todd River;

(g)   the provision by the Government of grants, tax credits, loans or guarantees to encourage the development of accommodation;

(h)   the adoption of a town plan for Alice Springs and the introduction of controls on land use, height and density of buildings, parking areas etc. to preserve its natural setting;

(i)   the establishment of a visitor centre, museum, theatre and art gallery;

(j)   the development of the Ayers Rock, Mount Olga National Park and other parks and reserves at Simpson's Gap and Arltunga;

(k)   the introduction of training programmes for people engaged in the tourist industry.

The report was presented on 30th June 1969. Those proposals which can be encompassed within routine Government activities such as recommendations (d), (e) and (h) above are being implemented as the opportunity arises. The remainder are still under consideration by the Government.

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