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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP



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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
Senator for Northern Territory
Nigel Scullion

8 June 2004

New access for tourists at Twin Falls

The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, and Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, today visited Territory Marine in Darwin to inspect the boats that will open up new tourism opportunities at Twin Falls.

"I'm delighted that Twin Falls will offer new experiences to a wide range of visitors this dry season," Dr Kemp said.

"The adventurous and fit will be able to hike to the top of the Falls to see the magnificent views and swim if they wish. Other tourists will be able to take a boat up the beautiful long pool in Twin Falls gorge and then walk through the bush and over the new floating boardwalk to the beach at the foot of the Falls."

Senator Scullion said three boats have been leased for this dry season.

"Two come from Mandorah and one from the Daly River and the rest of the work is being done in the Territory too. The aluminium boardwalk has been designed by engineers in the Darwin office of Sinclair Knight Merz, with Territory Marine refitting the boats and building the boardwalk," Senator Scullion said.

Dr Kemp said the boats are fitted with the latest technology motors for reduced noise and lower exhaust emissions.

"The fitting out also includes re-upholstered seats and new safety equipment," he said.

Senator Scullion added: "I visited Twin Falls last week and had a fantastic swim at the top of the Falls. It was a great experience.

"The staff at Kakadu National Park have done a great job. This has been one of the longest wet seasons the Top End's ever had and park staff having been working hard to make sure the new arrangements are in place despite the late rain.

"It's been a joint effort. A tourism industry working group has helped the Park with the on-site arrangements and there has been a high level of interest among local traditional owners keen to work as site guides at Twin Falls, sharing their knowledge with park visitors.

"Twin Falls is on track for a June opening. I'm sure the new look Twin Falls will be a real winner!"

Map showing the new tourism arrangements at Twin Falls

Download a PDF map outlining the new tourism arrangements at Twin Falls. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view the PDF file.

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