Minister for Parks and Wildlife
The Territory Government is making our parks and reserves even better through investment that will enhance the visitor experience for decades to come.
Minister for Parks and Wildlife, Bess Price, said this Government has worked hard to turn the debt corner and is now delivering the most significant infrastructure spend our parks and reserves have ever seen to bring them up to the standard visitors deserve.
“Territorians love getting out and making the most of our beautiful natural assets,” Mrs Price said.
“The Giles Government is committed to supporting our fantastic outdoor lifestyle by investing in infrastructure to bring facilities across the Territory up to the standard our parks and reserves deserve.
“At Litchfield National Park, a favourite weekend retreat among the families of the Top End, there will be a $10.43 million infrastructure investment that includes $4.83 million to upgrade the Florence Falls site, and $2.32 million at Tolmer Falls to provide new picnic and toilet facilities and a new half day walk.
“Our most popular park or reserve, Casuarina Coastal Reserve, will receive a $10.68 million injection to deliver upgrades that include $2.9 million to provide a new picnic area at Rapid Creek, $2.49 million to upgrade Dripstone Cliffs and $2.82 million for new paths throughout the reserve.
"This funding is a huge win for locals and visitors who love to walk, cycle and picnic at the reserve.
“The Katherine region will receive $400,000 at Elsey National Park to make the pools more accessible and $300 000 to establish new campgrounds along the popular Jatbula Trail in Nitmiluk National Park.
"Central Australia will receive $375,000 to upgrade the Kings Canyon car park and visitor information facilities at Watarrka National Park and $400,000 to continue the staged upgrade of infrastructure along the Larapinta Trail.
"Budget 2015 provides $11.94 million for the Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs and its counterpart, the Alice Springs Desert Park in Alice Springs, to continue providing visitors with unique experiences, such as bird shows and getting close to emus, dingoes, wallabies and other wonderful local wildlife at these two parks."
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