National parks to get $233m boost

Australia’s most recognised national parks are set to receive a $233 million boost in an effort to revive the beleaguered tourism sector.

The Federal Government’s investment will be split between tourism and infrastructure projects across five major natural attractions, with the NT to receive the lions share of the funding.

The NT’s Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kakadu national parks, Booderee National Park on the NSW South Coast, Christmas Island and the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra will all share in the funding pool.

Environment Minister Sussan Ley said it was “the biggest single investment in our Commonwealth national parks”.

“It is about lifting the infrastructure, making these iconic destinations truly as good as they possibly can be as we come out of COVID,” she said.

“New and improved infrastructure means more tourism, more jobs and better outcomes for Australians living in regional and remote areas, which is vital as we move through the economic challenges of COVID.

“More than 50 per cent of domestic tourism bed nights are spent doing something with the natural environment. So our parks are front and centre of this.”