26 September 2023

Commonwealth helps out park tourism

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Relief is on the way for tourism businesses operating in Commonwealth National Parks managed by Parks Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack said a new support package had been developed to provide temporary relief from licence and permit charges for tourism businesses operating in Kakadu and Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Parks.

“The tourism industry has been hit hard by COVID-19 and we know the sector will be vital to the recovery of regional economies across Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

“This support provides immediate relief to businesses and will continue to help the sector open up again once travel restrictions are lifted.”

Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley said the Commonwealth National Parks were world-renowned natural areas and iconic destinations.

“A variety of businesses operate within Commonwealth National Parks and all play a vital role in their regional economies,” Ms Ley said.

“This funding, alongside the waiving of park entry fees for visitors through to 31 December, will support the industry to re-build its business operations and to be ready to welcome visitors back to the parks they love so much,” she said.

Senator for the Northern Territory, Sam McMahon said the support was being made available through the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund.

Eligible businesses will be contacted directly by Parks Australia to facilitate the payments.

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