A tenderfor the construction of upgrades to the Baruwei stairs and platform at NitmilukNational Park has been released today, as part of the $5.5 millionTurbocharging Tourism investment in the park by the Territory Labor Governmentto improve the visitor experience, boost tourism and create jobs.
TheBaruwei walking trail provides a link from the boat launch/picnic area to theBaruwei Lookout.
Theupgrades will include the construction of new stairs crafted from natural rock,expanding the Baruwei Lookout to accommodate more people and the constructionof a new lookout at the halfway point on the stairs.
Inaddition to the $5.5 million Turbo investment, the Territory Labor Governmentis investing a further $10 million in infrastructure projects at NitmilukNational Park, to help grow tourism in the region.
Other projectscarried out include a new jetty, upgrades to the visitor centre, and thedevelopment of mountain bike trails and mountain bike hubs.
As noted by Minister for Tourism, Sport andCulture, Lauren Moss:
Around 270,000 peoplevisit Nitmiluk National Park each year. We want to grow those numbers toincrease the number of tourism dollars spent in the region and support jobs.
Our $15.5 million investment in Nitmiluk isbeing delivered through close consultation with the Jawoyn Traditional Owners,and upgrades incorporate design elements that resonate with the landscape and helpshare the story of the Jawoyn people.
As noted by Member for Katherine, Sandra Nelson:
Byimproving facilities, infrastructure and tourism offerings in our nationalparks we are providing more reasons for people to visit, and more reasons forthem to stay longer.
Visitors whotake the Baruwei Lookout and Loop Walks will now have an enhanced view of theKatherine River and its stunning escarpments with these upgrades.