The Mirarr Traditional Owners of Jabiru in Kakadu National Park have signed their first tourism-based sub-lease for Kakadu Lodge, securing investment in the region for the next 25 years.
The sub-lease, signed between Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation Jabiru Town (GACJT) and Australian Property Projects, will ensure the Aurora Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park continues as an anchor tourist accommodation offering in the town.
The sub-lease marks an important milestone in Jabiru’s transition from a mining town to a cultural and tourism hub, supporting local jobs and a strong and sustainable future for the Mirarr people.
Chair of GACJT, Ms Ruth Gamarrawu, welcomed the signing.
“The Mirarr people see a strong future for Jabiru and our community.
“This is an important step in achieving our goals under the Jabiru Masterplan. It will help ensure Jabiru becomes an important place for ecofriendly tourism and Indigenous cultural tourism.”
Executive Chair of Australian Property Projects, Ian Drummond, said it was an honour to be the first to receive a new tourism-based sub-lease from GACJT, continuing a 23-year strong relationship with the Mirarr people.
“It is exciting to be part of the Mirarr’s vision of creating a new Jabiru – an educational, environmental, tourism hub in one of the world’s greatest natural destinations – the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park.”
Minister for Hospitality and Tourism welcomed the announcement and said the sub-lease would bring certainty for Tourism businesses in the region.
“This is great news for the Jabiru region and will help secure local jobs and drive future investment in Kakadu.”
For more information visit the GACJT website – www.gacjabiru.com.au