Budget Paper 1994-95 No.6 Northern Territory Economy
Tabled Paper 2156
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Barry Coulter
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Tourism access and enhanced facilities developed by the Northern Territory Government, combined with the relative proximity o f the park to Darwin. The number o f visitors to Uluru and Kakadu also recorded healthy increases o f 13% and 8%, respectively. The sealing o f Kakadu Highway will be completed during 1994 allowing tourists sealed road access to Kakadu National Park from Pine Creek or along the Arnhem Highway from Darwin. Also to be completed during 1994/95 is the Kings Canyon - Western MacDonnells loop providing access to these parks. The international stature o f Uluru overshadows a number o f other excellent parks in the Centre receiving significant tourist numbers including Glen Helen Gorge Nature Park (95 000 visitors), Ormiston Gorge and Pound National Park (90 000 visitors) and Finke Gorge National Park (52 000 visitors during 1993). The Territory Wildlife Park 40 kilometres south o f Darwin, has shown strong growth in visitor numbers since opening in 1989. Development is ongoing at the Park in order to enhance opportunities to view the Territorys unique wildlife. Development o f a desert wildlife park near Alice Springs is scheduled to commence in 1994/95. Cultural diversity is a unique aspect o f the Territory which forms a major feature in interstate and international promotions. Aboriginal communities across the Territory have become Figure 9.2 Visitors to Major Northern Territory Parks '000 1000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 Source: Conservation Com mission o f the Northern Territory, Kakadu and U luru-K ata T juta parks 52