CANBERRA, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) — The Australian government has approved a plan to “breathe new life” into the iconic Kakadu National Park.
The 276-million-Australian dollar (214.2 million U.S. dollars) Kakadu Tourism Master Plan will guide a 10-year rejuvenation of the World Heritage listed park.
It includes funding for a world heritage visitor center, adventure tourism projects, infrastructure, increased accommodation capacity and improved facilities.
The federal and Northern Territory (NT) governments hope that the project will help drive tourism to the Northern Territory (NT) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said the plan was developed in collaboration with Kakadu’s traditional owners, the Bininj and Mungguy people.
“Through Parks Australia, we will support an increase in Bininj/Mungguy employment and business activity within Kakadu, increase revenue for local commercial tourism, and contribute joint management and conservation of the park’s values,” she said on Monday.
“The plan reflects a landmark vision to breathe new life into one of Australia’s national treasures and it underlines our ongoing commitment to working with traditional owners.
“It will see Kakadu National Park build on its reputation as a world-class tourism site, one where visitors can experience and connect with the park’s unique cultural and natural values in a sustainable way,” said the minister.
Kakadu covers more than 19,000 square km, making it Australia’s largest national park. Enditem