Article – Uluru seeks rock-solid ideas for growth

by 12 August 2015

14 July 2014
PS News Online

The Board of Management of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Central Australia has called for ideas from the public to boost tourism to the iconic destination.

Chair of the Board, Sammy Wilson said the ideas should be culturally appropriate and environmentally sensitive, and should be aimed at attracting business and investment to the Park.

He said the Traditional Owners wanted people with good ideas to come and talk together.

“This is a beautiful place to bring strong ideas where we can work together, look towards the future and create something to be proud of,” Mr Wilson said.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Bob Baldwin said the Board had put out this call to support this very special place.

“I applaud them for their vision,” Mr Baldwin said.

“By making this call, they intend to increase the visitor experiences on offer, increasing visitor numbers and enhancing people’s understanding of their country and culture, while boosting job and training opportunities for their own community.”

Mr Baldwin said additional revenue would be reinvested in the Park to protect it for future generations.

“This is a great opportunity for the Park, for the community, for visitors, for Australian tourism and for the Red Centre region, the heart of the Northern Territory,” he said.

Minister for Trade and Investment with responsibility for Tourism, Andrew Robb said the Board was looking for fresh, exciting and engaging experiences and commercial activities to add to the existing products on offer.

“They want experiences that are welcoming and engaging, that help achieve social and economic benefits for the Park’s Traditional Owners,” Mr Robb said.

He said the initiative would complement work on the Northern Australia White Paper, with a major investment Forum to be held in Darwin later this year, to attract investors and expose them to investor-ready projects in the North.

“The tourism opportunities for Australia are immense, but they won’t fall into our laps,” Mr Robb said.

“I certainly encourage businesses and investors to put forward exciting high-quality ideas to the Board.”

The deadline for Expressions of Interest (EoI) is 30 September, and more information can be found on the EoI website at this PS News link.

Courtesy of PS News Online

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