Northern Territory Acting Minister for Tourism Sport and Culture Eva Lawler
Works Begin On 3 Nitmiluk Projects
Victor P Taffa
3 Tourism projects are now underway in Nitmiluk National Park as part of the Northern Territory Government’s $5.5 Million Tourism investment to enhance visitor offerings and support jobs.
“Tourism is a key economic driver in the Territory, and our national parks are one of the main reasons people visit. Investing in our parks is not only an investment in our tourism sector but also in the liveability of the Territory, Territorians love our parks just as much as visitors from interstate and overseas do.” Acting Minister for Tourism Sport and Culture Eva Lawler said.
“Mountain biking and adventure tourism are growing in popularity, and improvements to trails in the Territory will help put us on the map for people looking for such experiences.”
As part of the Government’s wider Northern Territory Mountain Bike Master Plan to establish the Northern Territory as the adventure riding capital of Australia, construction on new mountain bike hub shelters and mountain bike trails have begun in the Park.
Works at the Baruwei Lookout are also underway with the construction of new stairs crafted from natural rock carried out by local contractors, Katherine Constructions Pty Ltd.
Lookout will then be expanded to accommodate more people and a new platform will be constructed at the halfway point on the stairs.
$5.5 Million Turbocharging Tourism investment in Nitmiluk National Park is in addition to the Northern Territory Government’s unprecedented $10 Million infrastructure investment in the Park.
“Investment in infrastructure in Nitmiluk National Park will improve the visitor experience, and support local jobs in construction, and in tourism.” Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo MLA said.
Due for completion in coming weeks, this includes:
- Visitor centre upgrade,
- Improvements to the steps between the first and second gorge,
- New causeway over the Katherine River,
- New jetty.