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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993

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Parliamentary Record 23


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Tuesday SO November 1993 TABLED PAPERS Window on the Wetlands - Adelaide and Mary Rivers Concept Plans Mr COULTER (Conservation): Mr Speaker, I rise to table the Proposed Mary River National Park Concept Plan and the Lower Adelaide River Wetlands, Wildlife and Tourism Concept Plan, and it gives me great pleasure to do so. These exciting and imaginative concept plans are for wetlands, wildlife and tourism development in the Adelaide and Mary Rivers region. In addition to speaking to these 2 documents, I will also outline plans for a visitor information and interpretive centre at Beatrice Hill to be known as the 'Window on the Wetlands' project. These are significant government initiatives. They announce the following major steps. Controlled access to the floodplains of the lower Adelaide River and the Mary River floodplains which feature an immense variety and abundance of wildlife. The density of this wildlife is one of the highest recorded anywhere in the world and far outstrips that on offer at Kakadu National Park. Consolidation of park infrastructure at such locations as Fogg Dam and Shady Camp. Establishment of a conservation framework for the Adelaide and Mary River corridors. Revitalisation of opportunities for tourism operators in the region. Additional day trip destinations from Darwin and a practical alternative to Kakadu which many tourists regard as too far from Darwin. Creation of a safety valve for Litchfield National Park which has experienced enormous growth in visitor numbers in recent years. A turn-around point at Beatrice Hill for future tourism ventures. Territorians and visitors find it difficult to gain access currently to a complete range of wetlands experiences. This was discussed here last week in debate on future directions for tourism, with both sides of the Assembly recognising access problems during the wet season at Kakadu, and indeed the superiority of the Mary River wetlands in any case. I believe these wetlands concepts will be among the most critical elements of the 5-year tourism masterplan that will be finalised and displayed publicly by March next year. Controlled tourism development of this region offers outstanding attributes to the Territory's tourism attractions. Honourable members will be aware that the Territory is experiencing substantial growth in tourism visitation and this is highly likely to continue throughout 199^. We need more and better facilities and attractions and we need them in the short and medium term. The 2 concept plans that I am tabling today seek public comment and input. They have already involved extensive consultation with landholders, tourism operators and Commonwealth and Territory agencies. Significantly, they have also necessitated discussions and negotiations with the Northern Land Council 10 598

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