9news.com.au: Kakadu National Park to get $216m boost

Publish Date:
13th January 2019

The World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park will receive at least $216 million in funding to improve to improve roads and tourist facilities no matter who wins this year's federal election.

Labor has pledged $220 million for Kakadu if it wins government.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday announced the coalition's $216 million package for the Northern Territory site during a visit to the town of Jabiru in Kakadu.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will visit Jabiru on Monday, with the PM's trip organised after his office learned of Labor's plans.

During its peak as a tourist destination in the 1990s about 300,000 people a year were visiting - about half were international - when Crocodile Dundee was filmed there.

Visitor figures are now down to below 200,000 a year, with internationals just 30,000.

Kakadu is about one-third the size of Tasmania, boasting ancient rock art and rich flora and fauna.

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