Tap­ping tourist po­ten­tial

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr and Cally Dupe

Plans are un­der way to re­alise the tourism po­ten­tial of the north­ern end of Mu­ru­juga Na­tional Park and boost in­dige­nous em­ploy­ment, but it could spell the end of a pop­u­lar four-wheel-driv­ing rite of pas­sage.

Mu­ru­juga Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion is in dis­cus­sions about im­prov­ing ac­cess to the top end of the Bur­rup Penin­sula, with talks of a sealed road and cul­tural in­ter­pre­ta­tion fa­cil­ity also mooted. The plan is in its early stages and needs to be dis­cussed fur­ther with elders, ac­cord­ing to the cor­po­ra­tion.

Af­ter ad­dress­ing a crowd of 300 peo­ple at the New Pil­bara Con­fer­ence in re­la­tion to the plans, MAC gen­eral man­ager Nisha Kee­tels told the Pil­bara News a lot of thought had gone into the con­cept.

“The area is cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant, the en­tire place is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the peo­ple of that coun­try and that’s why we have to be ten­ta­tive in our ap­proach,” she said.

“There is also an in­fra­struc­ture bud­get as part of the Mu­ru­juga Parks Coun­cil that we are wait­ing to be made avail­able that will help with the walk­ways and to di­rect peo­ple to where they can and can’t go.

“(Our plan is) to dis­turb as lit­tle as pos­si­ble, that could mean el­e­vated walk­ways.”

Ms Kee­tels said MAC had “a lot of com­mit­ted funds al­ready” and there was “some es­ti­mated gov­ern­ment fund­ing, not con­firmed”.

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