ADVOCACY / CURRENT ACTIVITIES
Karijini National Park is the iconic tourism draw card for the Pilbara region in the same way that Kakadu National Park is an icon of the Northern Territory, and has the same potential to increase tourism volumes through the development of an eco-tourism sub-industry.
Karijini National Park is one of Australia’s most well-known and visited national parks, with world-class landscape and natural beauty.
Much work has progressed in terms of the feasibility of deconstraining land in the Karijini National Park for the development of a greater level of accommodation and amenity to support higher volumes of visitors into the future. More work is required however before this proposal can become investable.
The Pilbara Regional Council and the four local governments of the Pilbara, intends to identify a suitable package of land to deconstrain for the development of an accommodation facility. Issues surrounding land tenure, indigenous custodianship, and attractiveness to a potential investor and/or operator, State Government support, and an economic and financial model will all be developed and resolved.
The support of the managers of the Karijini Eco Retreat has been secured, and a funding model is being developed. A funding arrangement, with the National Stronger Regions Fund providing a 50% concessional loan would allow the State Government to value the land, provision support, and funds for its deconstraint, and then seek private investment contribution to take the project through to completion.
That a commitment to be made to: