MORRISON GOVERNMENT TAKES 648 DAYS TO DELIVER DRAFT KAKADU TOURISM PLAN, THEN GIVES INDUSTRY JUST 14 DAYS TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK

By October 22, 2020Tourism

Kakadu tourism investment must be fast-tracked to bring tourists back to this Top End jewel and support jobs in the Northern Territory.

The Morrison Government’s release of a draft tourism master plan for Kakadu comes 648 days after the plan was first announced.

It’s about time!

Kakadu is an Australian icon – with breathtaking landscapes, rich ecosystems, abundant wildlife and, at its heart, a connection to indigenous culture and country.

At its peak Kakadu attracted around 300,000 visitors a year.

But after years of underinvestment by the Liberal-National Federal Government, visitation has since dropped to only 185,000 a year.

Since Scott Morrison and Michael McCormack announced up to $216 million for Kakadu upgrades in January 2019:

Today, the NT tourism industry is understandably pushing back against being given two weeks to provide feedback on a plan the Government took more than 92 weeks to deliver.

Yesterday’s announcement is an important step but is sadly yet another clear example of a Government focused only on announcements and headlines but failing when it comes to delivery and deadlines.

With the draft plan complete, the Morrison Government must commit to a clear timeline for delivering the funding it promised and the upgrades that will return Kakadu to the top of tourists’ must-visit lists.

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