23 Oct 2019
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture
Sandra Nelson, Member for Katherine
A tender for the construction of upgrades to the Baruwei stairs and platform at Nitmiluk National Park has been released today, as part of the $5.5 million Turbocharging Tourism investment in the park by the Territory Labor Government to improve the visitor experience, boost tourism and create jobs.
The Baruwei walking trail provides a link from the boat launch/picnic area to the Baruwei Lookout.
The upgrades will include the construction of new stairs crafted from natural rock, expanding the Baruwei Lookout to accommodate more people and the construction of a new lookout at the halfway point on the stairs.
In addition to the $5.5 million Turbo investment, the Territory Labor Government is investing a further $10 million in infrastructure projects at Nitmiluk National Park, to help grow tourism in the region.
Other projects carried out include a new jetty, upgrades to the visitor centre, and the development of mountain bike trails and mountain bike hubs.
Quotes from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss:
“Around 270,000 people visit Nitmiluk National Park each year. We want to grow those numbers to increase the number of tourism dollars spent in the region and support jobs.
“Our $15.5 million investment in Nitmiluk is being delivered through close consultation with the Jawoyn Traditional Owners, and upgrades incorporate design elements that resonate with the landscape and help share the story of the Jawoyn people.”
Quotes from Member for Katherine, Sandra Nelson:
“By improving facilities, infrastructure and tourism offerings in our national parks we are providing more reasons for people to visit, and more reasons for them to stay longer.
“Visitors who take the Baruwei Lookout and Loop Walks will now have an enhanced view of the Katherine River and its stunning escarpments with these upgrades.”
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