07 Feb 2020
Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture
Selena Uibo, Member for Arnhem
Three Turbocharging Tourism projects are now underway in Nitmiluk National Park as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $5.5 million Turbocharging Tourism investment to enhance visitor offerings and support jobs.
As part of the Government’s wider NT Mountain Bike Master Plan to establish the NT as the adventure riding capital of Australia, construction on new mountain bike hub shelters and mountain bike trails has 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.
The Lookout will then be expanded to accommodate more people and a new platform will be constructed at the halfway point on the stairs.
The $5.5 million Turbocharging Tourism investment in Nitmiluk National Park is in addition to the Territory Labor Government’s unprecedented $10 million infrastructure investment in the Park.
This includes the visitor centre upgrade, improvements to the steps between the first and second gorge, a new causeway over the Katherine River, and a new jetty, due for completion in coming weeks.
Quotes from Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Eva Lawler:
"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.
“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.”
Quotes from Member for Arnhem, Selena Uibo MLA:
“The investment in infrastructure in Nitmiluk National Park will improve the visitor experience, and support local jobs in construction, and in tourism.
“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.
“Mountain biking is an increasingly popular recreational activity and visitor attraction, and the upgrades to the Baruwei Lookout will give visitors an enhanced view of the Katherine River and its unique escarpments.”
Media contact: Lisa Sennett 0436 929 858