Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016
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10 NEWS SUNDAY JUNE 12 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 NT given taste of big league DARWIN locals were lucky enough to catch action of the best rugby league competition in the world at their own TIO Stadium. A crowd of 7722 turned up to Marrara last night to watch Parramatta beat the Gold Coast by 22-12. Parramatta tragic Michael Fairway said that it was great to have the Territorys adopted team back in the Top End. Its awesome mate, absolutely awesome, he said. Its great that we can watch them so close to the action and feel the hits. Peter Shipway, who had travelled all the way from Bellingen in northern NSW, was thrilled to see his favourite NRL side in the flesh. Were here to watch the Eels play football in Darwin, he said. The field looks absolutely fantastic; its a lovely ground which looks really good. Meanwhile Michelle Beuzeville, another Darwin local, said that there was always a good feeling in town when the Eels come to the Territory. When the Eels are in Darwin, theres always a buzz in the air, she said. Hopefully they can keep coming and we can keep watching them. Parramatta are currently in negotiations with the NT government about extending their current agreement. The Eels currently come to the territory for one trial game and one NRL competition game a year. The current contract expires at the end of 2017. JACK HISLOP THE increased entry fee into Kakadu National Park was not a deterrent for international visitors, Federal Labor Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon has told the Sunday Territorian. Instead the marketing battle for the world-iconic national park has been lost as the park struggles to remain competitive in the changing global market. The NT News reported this week that international visitor numbers to the heritage-listed park had halved in the past eight years, with just 27,000 overseas tourists coming through the park in 2015. In contrast international visitors to Uluru had started to trek upwards in the last year off the back of increased direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne. The Royal visit to Uluru last year has also been highlighted as a marketing win for the park. Parks Australia increased entry to the park for non-Territorians by 60 per cent in April this year, taking the cost of an adult ticket in peak sea Parramatta supporters Aaron and Asher Poole were among the footy fans flocking to TIO Stadium for the Eels clash with the Gold Coast Titans Picture: IVAN RACHMAN Kakadu fees no barrier son to $40. The $25 fee was reintroduced in 2010 under the former Federal Labor Government. I dont think an entry fare is the issue .. elsewhere in the world people are used to paying entry fees for iconic parks, Mr Snowdon said. Anyone that goes there understands its intrinsic cultural, heritage and environmental values. I think weve lost the marketing battle ... the real issue is investment in marketing. Mr Snowdon said the nature of the marketing landscape had changed over the years with competition not just at a Territory and national level, but also internationally. There are other iconic sites in this country such as Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef. Theres competition in the Top End as well including Litchfield National Park, Mr Snowdon said. Parks Australia said last week that a marketing plan to increase international visitation was under way. It is part of an overall $6 million injection into infrastructure and visitor facilities over two years. MARIA BILLIAS DARWINS 08 8984 4662 www.harveydistributors.com.au S H O P 18 Winnellie Road, WINNELLIE WHERE THE PROFESSIONALS SHOP Thrift backpack vacuum cleaner $299 INC GST Body moulded frame with adjustable harness, light weight, economical, commercial quality 1300w motor for ultimate suction power