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Joint Media Release
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Greg Hunt MP
&
David Tollner MP
Federal Member for Solomon
&
Senator Nigel Scullion
Senator for the Northern Territory

24 April 2005

Kakadu on track for early dry season openings


Greg Hunt MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dave Tollner MP, Federal Member for Solomon and Senator Nigel Scullion, Senator for the Northern Territory, today announced that some of the most popular tourist attractions in Kakadu look like opening earlier this year.

"Jim Jim, Twin Falls and Maguk are all expected to be open earlier than last year, barring further rain or machinery problems," Greg Hunt said.

"This is a dividend of the Board of Management's Vision to share enriching experiences for visitors to Kakadu and I thank Dave Tollner and Nigel Scullion on they work they are doing with the local tourist operators to promote Kakadu.

“Kakadu Rangers are working hard to open visitor sites for the dry season. Some roads are still under water, and many roads to popular tourist spots run over springs, which are still saturated and will take a while to dry out. They are also undertaking crocodile surveys and removing any saltwater crocs which threaten visitor safety."

"So long as there are no setbacks, it's looking good for an earlier start to the dry season and we'd encourage Territorians to start planning now to visit this exceptional Territory destination ." Dave Tollner and Senator Scullion said.

Early openings:

Dave Tollner and Senator Scullion said the prospect of early openings would be good news for tourist operators and visitors.

"These early openings mean more chances for people to broaden their Kakadu experience – from fishing and swimming to seeing the unique transition from wet season to dry. But lots of Kakadu is open to visitors now, including Gunlom, Yurmikmik – a great swimming and waterfalls experience open all year, Nourlangie Rock and the outstanding Ubirr Art site," Dave Tollner said.

"This is what the tourism industry has been working for with the Board. Early openings encourage new opportunities for jobs and tourism investment for the future of this park and help to reposition Kakadu as the international icon that it is," Senator Scullion said.

Media Contact:
Fiona Murphy (Mr Hunt's office) 0423 577 045
Joe Nyhan (Senator Scullion's office) 0408 288 567
David Tollner 0414 690 109

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