Kakadu cash splash

The West Australian - - NEWS -

Jabiru in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory out­back is small and dy­ing but the Prime Min­is­ter and Op­po­si­tion Leader have scram­bled to get there and com­mit more than $216 mil­lion each to fix­ing the town and Kakadu Na­tional Park.

To il­lus­trate how be­mused lo­cals are, 18-year-old tra­di­tional owner and Mir­rar indige­nous clan mem­ber Si­mon Mud­jandi mis­tak­enly thanked the Lib­eral Party for their sup­port when wel­com­ing La­bor leader Bill Shorten, who yes­ter­day pledged $220 mil­lion for Jabiru and Kakadu if La­bor won gov­ern­ment this year, say­ing it would res­cue the park far quicker than Scott Mor­ri­son’s $216 mil­lion pack­age to im­prove roads and tourist fa­cil­i­ties an­nounced on Sun­day. Both pack­ages aim to ar­rest a de­cline in tourist num­bers, which have fallen from 300,000 a year in the late 1980s when Croc­o­dile Dundee was filmed there to about 185,000.

Fa­cil­i­ties are dated and there is crit­i­cism of how it is man­aged.

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