Protecting our parks: 30 year masterplan consultations open
It’s time for Territorians to share their ideas and aspirations to make the Territory’s world-renowned parks and reserves even better.
As part of developing the Territory Labor Government’s 30 Year Masterplan, a Consultation Paper has been released today.
The document asks locals, stakeholders and park users for their thoughts on a range of themes including the future of jointly managed parks and reserves, park development and expansion, recreational activities, biodiversity, Aboriginal economic development and commercialisation opportunities.
The Consultation Paper is open until 15 October, and a draft Masterplan will be released following the results.
Once finalised, the Masterplan will provide a clear vision for the future of the Territory’s parks and reserves from 2022–2052.
It will map out ways to enhance visitor enjoyment and community engagement, as well as exploring new business and economic opportunities.
Targets for conserving the Territory’s natural landscapes and cultural values will also be front and centre for the Masterplan.
The Territory Economic Reconstruction’s final report recognises our parks as the backbone of the tourism industry, and a key component for the Territory’s economic comeback. It recommended implementing a 10 year plan to further activate the Territory parks estate.
The Masterplan will build upon this, and provide a clear pathway for the future management of Territory parks and reserves for the next three decades.
To access the Consultation Paper, please visit: Have your say — NT Parks Masterplan 2022–2052
Quotes from Minister for Parks and Rangers, Selena Uibo:
“We are opening up the conversation around the management of our beautiful parks and reserves, and we look forward to hearing the ideas of Territorians who love getting out and exploring our incredible backyard.
“This is your chance to have your say on so many different elements which will help preserve our natural attractions, and improve visitor experience to ensure they can be enjoyed by locals and visitors for decades to come.
“The Territory Labor Government recognises the importance of our parks and reserves for economic development, and the development of this Masterplan will provide guidance for our management and conservation efforts over the next three decades.”