Visitors to Nitmiluk National Park can enjoy the newly refurbished visitor centre as part of the NT Government's $10 million investment into tourism infrastructure at Nitmiluk Gorge.
Enhancing the visitor experience, the upgrades include a new, modern kitchen and fresh bathroom facilities which incorporate design elements that resonate with the landscape and tell the story of the Park and the Jawoyn people.
With stage one now complete, stage two has started which includes an interpretative display, visitor orientation information and the Welcome to Country experience at the centre due for completion in early 2020.
The iconic Park is jointly managed with the Jawoyn people and this project is employing local contractors and being coordinated in close consultation with the Nitmiluk Board of Management.
Visitors will now have earlier access to the park after the wet season as this infrastructure investment has delivered upgrades to the first gorge cross-over Wet Season path, a new Katherine River crossing and an upgraded 17 Mile Valley track to support Nitmiluk Tours' new Biddlecombe Cascades glamping experience.
The tender to construct a new jetty in the gorge was awarded in early July and will be completed by the wet season.
Tourism Minister Lauren Moss said: "Nitmiluk National Park attracts around 270,000 visitors a year, with the Visitor Centre a major hub for travellers starting their journey through the Park.
"This investment will improve the visitor experience and continue to drive economic activity and create local jobs for the region. It also complements the Government's $5.5 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus investment into the Park."
Arnhem MLA Selena Uibo said: "The upgrades to the Visitor Centre at our iconic park will provide visitors with greater amenities and enhance their cultural experience with engaging stories of the Jawoyn people and our country.
"The Government is investing in our local tourism infrastructure which will help continue to drive visitation, create a memorable experience for visitors and generate economic activity for our region."
Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation and the Nitmiluk Board chair Lisa Mumbin said: "Jawoyn have always welcomed people and visitors to share our country.
"We are excited that the Visitor Centre has been upgraded. It helps us share the stories of Jawoyn people, country and culture.
"We are celebrating 30 years of joint management of Nitmiluk National Park this year and I am proud and honoured that we can go together on our journey moving forward."
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