Labor has pledged $220 million for Kakadu if it wins government with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten set to travel to the NT on Sunday night.

Labor’s plan includes $100 million to upgrade four key access roads, $45 million for urgent asbestos work in Jabiru and $25 million for a new visitor centre in the town.

Both packages aim to arrest a decline in tourist numbers, which have fallen from 300,000 a year in the late 1980s to about 185,000.

“We want Kakadu to be at the top of the list for Australian and international visitors – and Labor will help make that happen,” Mr Shorten said in a statement.

The park and town support a significant portion of the 1600 jobs and $103 million the Kakadu Arnhem region brings to the NT economy.


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