Kakadu set for up­grade

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KAKADU Tourism has wel­comed pledges of up to $220 mil­lion by the Lib­eral Na­tional Party and La­bor Party to “re­ju­ve­nate Kakadu Na­tional Park’s age­ing tourism in­fra­struc­ture”.

The fund­ing would go to­wards up­grad­ing roads, ac­ces­si­bil­ity, camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties, and es­tab­lish­ing Jabiru as a tourism and hospi­tal­ity cen­tre.

“Our Cooinda and Jabiru prop­er­ties are fully Indige­nous owned and have pro­vided the lifeblood of Kakadu’s tourism in­dus­try for many decades, but there is no doubt that tourism in­fra­struc­ture has re­ally held back the in­dus­try from pro­gress­ing since the pin­na­cle of the Croc­o­dile Dundee days,” said Kakadu Tourism Chair Rick Allert.

Allert added that al­though “Jabiru’s Croc­o­dile Ho­tel is renowned around the world”, the town re­quires “a re-in­vig­o­ra­tion of ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties along with a new vi­sion to help re­ju­ve­nate the desti­na­tion”.

The Kakadu Na­tional Park is set to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of its dec­la­ra­tion in Apr.

The croc­o­dile ho­tel is pic­tured.

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