A bright future for Jabiru

A historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Jabiru will secure the town’s future as the tourism heartland of the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park.  The Northern Territory Government, Australian Government, Energy Resources of Australia and Traditional Owners from the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) joined for the signing of the MoU, which will support the town’s transition from a mining town to a tourist town.

ERA is scheduled to cease operations at the Ranger Mine by 2021. The four MoU parties have committed to their role in the future of Jabiru and to growing the town as a regional services and tourism hub for Kakadu National Park and the West Arnhem region.

Jabiru is the gateway to the iconic Kakadu National Park and greater West Arnhem region. Investing in the town will ensure it continues as a hub to deliver government services and thrive as a centre for the park by providing upgraded and innovative infrastructure and experiences for residents and visitors.

The Northern Territory and Australian Government have committed a combined $351.7m. Jabiru is on track to become an Aboriginal-owned, sustainable national park tourism town.

The Northern Territory Government has committed $135.5m for:

  • New power station
  • Bininj Resource Centre
  • Local roads, sewage, electricity and water network maintenance
  • Upgrades to airstrip and facilities
  • Upgrades to existing landfill capacity
  • Government services hub
  • Multi-use health clinic
  • Education precinct
  • Mobile connectivity in Kakadu (co-investment)
  • Establishment of Jabiru Kabolkmakmen Ltd
  • Project management services.

The Australian Government has committed $216.2m over 10 years towards:

  • Roads
  • Tourism Masterplan
  • World Heritage Interpretive Centre
  • Remediation of Jabiru
  • Roads strategy
  • Mobile connectivity in Kakadu (co-investment)

Read more: http://newsroom.nt.gov.au/mediaRelease/31350

Jim Jim