The Gunner Government's "turbocharging" isn't doing much for the tourism in The Centre but both Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten are pledging hundreds of millions for Kakadu (pictured) as the Federal election campaign is heading for the sharp end. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
An historic film of a senior traditional custodian on top of Ayers Rock (now renamed Uluru) is presented as an argument for allowing the continued climbing of the monolith. Book author Marc Hendrickx is also applying for additional heritage listing of several features, including the climb, which is due to be closed by the Aboriginal owners in October. The author says the closing may violate the 1987 listing of the park. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
"Here’s hoping that logic and reason win out and the proposed ban is lifted so millions more can join the seven million or so who have already climbed to the summit of this grand sandstone monolith that lies at the heart of our country," writes actor Marc Hendrickx. PHOTO: Paddy Uluru (Quadrant magazine).
Migration from jobs-for-the-dole to mainstream work is slow although Docker River's job numbers look a lot better than those of the playground for global tourists, 130 kilometres to the east. ERWIN CHANDA reports.
Tiny groups of private land owners control huge assets – our national parks, while the public purse is paying for them, comments ERWIN CHLANDA as the death knell has been sounded for climbing The Rock. PHOTO: Climbers ignore the sign at the base of The Rock.
The Rock is "not a playground or theme park like Disneyland", says CLC executive member Sammy Wilson, who also chairs the jointly managed park’s board and runs a small tourism business. "We want you to come, hear us and learn."